Dear Mickey and members of the think tank,
Can dogs get anthrax? What are the symptoms? What is the treatment? Are wise and thoughtful dogs concerned or am I a victim of the media?
A concerned Jamie
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I have been mulling over Jamie Walker's query, and have even been in touch with Dr. Betz's office who confirms that we, as well as our human, feline, equine and assanine friends are susceptible to anthrax. But is this something that we should take into account in planning our daily activities?
I am told that a number of local pet tenders have called in because their animal companions have the sniffles, and they have been worried about anthrax. And of course the same thought occurs to folks with the flu. But there have been no local positives yet as far as I know. I wonder if there have been any canine positives anywhere? I certainly hope that the post office is not employing us canines as mail sniffers ! That would be too unkind! Anyway, to go back, the situation needs to be put into perspective. What are the probabilities of contracting a deadly form of anthrax relative to being involved in a traffic accident, or even being claimed by the west Nile virus? And is the present level of media coverage helpful or unhelpful to the length and quality of our lives -- and the quality of life of those dispatching the anthrax? There must be good news somewhere that the media could mention in passing, but you would hardly know it!
Yours, as always,
Mayu and Kiri
We, like Dummy, are concerned about the search and rescue dogs. If they sniff out any mail or packages that have anthrax, they might get it and it won't be detected until it is too late. It only takes 24 hrs to kill a deer from the report we read. It usually can't be detected in cattle until it is too late.
Is there some way we can warn their owners and handlers that dogs can get anthrax? Can they be vaccinated like the cattle are?? Perhaps through AKC or Infodog web site we can get the word out.
InfoDog - The Dog Fancier's Complete Resource for information
AKC - American Kennel Club for Purebred Dogs
Hope this has been helpful.
Mayu and Kiri
Well, I watched the TV show "The Agency" last night, and the storyline featured anthrax. And guess what? A kennel owner, his wife, and 24 greyhounds were killed by the dreaded stuff!!!!
So, I guess dogs should be careful too. But I wouldn't get too scared, because not too many dogs get mail, and you have to be realistic. Also, I know that my American friends are all very brave. So I think you should go about your days playing ball, and all the other stuff you normally do, and don't let anyone turn brave dogs into "scaredy cats"!
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