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Can Bats Give You or Your Dog the Flu?

Who wants the flu? According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), over 3,000 people die of flu annually as a result of an influenza vius. Because there is no CDC for pets, there’s no way to tell for sure how many dogs die of the canine influenza virus annually, but we know some do.…

Rabid Bats in the Chicago Area

Chicago’s going batty – Recently bats the Morgan Park, South Talman and Beverly neighborhoods in Chicago have tested positive for rabies In addition rabid bats were recently discovered in Arlington Heights, Blue Island and LaGrange,  which indicates rabid bats also like the ‘burbs. “Positive bat rabies will show up now because the bats are coming out…

Animal News That's Fit to Click with Steve Dale

Animal News that’s fit to click – this week’s installment include a rabid bat that put the bite on a a camper (don’t worry he’s ok), a cat with a mustache more impressive than Tom Selleck’s and a St. Bernard who believes his person is his pillow.

Ebola and Pets: Decisions Need to be Made

There’s an abundance of concern regarding the Ebola virus anyway, it’s scary….and now that people are thinking that dogs  may get the disease, the concern has grown, and not only among pet owners. There are several reasons for this. While it appears dogs can harbor the Ebola virus, it seems they successfully mount an immune…

Ebola Virus and Pets

Ebola Virus and pets are topics on your mind, and here are only a pawful I received over the past few days for my Tribune Content Agency newspaper column. Updates regarding Ebola and animals from the American Veterinary Medical Association, click HERE.  Q: Can dogs and cats get the Ebola virus? If the answer is…

Dancing Bats

Who wouldn’t appreciate bat who dance, stars of the upcoming TV show “Dancing with the Bats.”

Might Understanding SARS Help Researchers to Better Understand FIP in Cats?

A decade after the SARS (Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome) pandemic, scientists have found the strongest evidence to date it originated in Chinese horseshoe bats.The 2002-2003 SARS pandemic was one of the most significant public health events in recent history. This is significant to cats because SARS is a product of a coronavirus. Feline Infectious Peritonitis…

New Influenza Virus Discovered

Don’t let a Peruvian bat sneeze on you. But if you do, likely you won’t be infected. A brand new influenza virus has been found in Peruvian bats, according to a new study from researchers at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The virus, called A/bat/Peru/10, belongs to a  of flu viruses which mainly infect birds, but can…

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