Articles: toxoplasmosis

September 11 2020

Overwhelming Swarms of Mosquitoes

It’s not the destruction that Hurricane Laura left in her wake, it’s the mosquitoes. There are so many swarms of mosquitoes that they’re so abundant and overwhelming that they’re killing livestock and horses – even wildlife – leaving them anemic after so many blood withdrawals. Louisiana has initiated a spraying program. Currently, reports indicate that…

March 5 2020

Allergies to Cats: A Thing of the Past with Dr. Michael Lappin

While cats are the most popular pet in America, they are sometimes considered second second class citizens. And Dr. Michael Lappin, professor of internal medicine at Colorado State University College of Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences says thee are primarily two reasons for this: Fear of cats passing infections like toxoplasmosis. While toxo is real, prevention…
Beluga whales and toxoplasmosis

October 18 2018

Are Cats Killing Beluga Whales?

If the weather’s been bad, apparently that is the fault of cats. I’m unsure why if there’s a concern or problem on the planets it’s the fault of cats. The latest example is endangered Beluga whales are dying because of cats and the toxoplasmosis they carry, according to a report being spread through the Canadian…

May 21 2018

Cook County Low Cost Rabies and Low Cost Microchip Clinics

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) now says, illnesses from mosquito, tick, and flea bites have tripled in the U.S., with more than 640,000 cases reported during the 13 years from 2004 through 2016. What does this all mean for our pets? I talk HERE on Steve Dale’s Pet World on WGN Radio with Cook County veterinarian Dr. Donna…

May 26 2017

Cats In Mexico, No Fiesta, But It's Changing

Sometimes assumptions are made, and an issue appears black and white – when it’s really a complicated calico, a mix of hues and colors. Cats have not always had an easy time in Mexico, though in many parts of the country their welfare has improved and continues to evolve for the better – in other…

February 24 2017

Your Cat Won't Make You or Your Kids Crazy

True enough, living with cats can make you crazy. But can cats literally make you crazy? I mean really can living with cats drive you out of your mind? Cats are known to carry a parasite, which a few studies linked to symptoms of psychosis in humans, and past studies have suggested that kids who…

October 13 2016

TNR Is Right: National Feral Cat Day

No one knows how many feral cats there are in America. Estimates range from about half as many as there are owned cats to one and a half times as many owned cats. There are 74 million owned cats in America. So, using any formula, that’s a lot of feral cats. October 16 is National…

April 26 2016

TNR Feral Cats: Illinois DNR Call: 'Vote No'

Feral cats and Illinois pets lose, as the Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) somehow has the political pull to force a hold House Bill 4671. The DNR told legislator to note ‘NO’ on the bill, which supports continued dollars for spay/neuter, and support for community (feral) cat TNR (trap-neuter-return) programs.  I was able to…

June 22 2015

Bad Science: Cats Do NOT Cause Schizophrenia

A report hits the news that cats cause an increased risk schizophrenia in people. According to this most recent study, published in Schizophrenia Research, , children exposed to cats at a young age are at higher risk of developing schizophrenia. This study and others target a parasite Toxoplasma gondii as the culprit – which cats can carry. These studies are…

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