As mentioned in last week’s blog, spring is a time for rejuvenation. It is also the season that comes to life as new baby animals are born, like chicks, bunnies, and other cute pets. With Easter steadily creeping up on us, there may be some of you who fall under the spell of the Easter Bunny and think that giving your kids a cute cuddly pet in their Easter basket may be a great idea.
The truth is, spring and summer is the perfect time to get a pet, particularly if you’ve chosen a puppy. The weather is nice and you won’t mind spending time outdoors as you house train your cute ball of fur. But when choosing a puppy there is more to think about than just how cute it is. Buying a puppy means you need to do some homework. The type of dog you choose needs to work with you and your lifestyle. Are you active? Do you like going to long walks? How large is your back yard? Do you or your family members have allergies? Do you like cleaning and sweeping to keep the dog hair at bay?
You also need to do your research on the breeder or store you are looking to buy the puppy from. We often hear of puppy mills and genetic issues with over breeding, but you also need to be aware of the potential for infectious diseases. There are some diseases such as that are incredibly contagious and can be deadly to the puppy. There are also some infectious diseases that can spread from your cute puppy to you. Case in point, there have been reports of associated with dogs adopted from a . While it’s unclear how many dogs are infected or how they were infected, the bacteria itself has been a concern for a while, particularly in and commercial breeders.
While brucellosis is required to be reported under the Animal Health Act, it’s not a disease like Parvo or Instead, prolonged contact is needed, so it is typically associated with breeding and kennels. Male dogs infected with brucellosis develop swelling of the tube located at the back of the testicle that stores sperm. Female dogs develop an infection of the uterus which leads to difficulty getting pregnant, or abortion in the late stages of pregnancy. that can be spread to humans from sick dogs. It’s not common and generally speaking pet owners are not considered to be at risk for infection. Breeders and veterinarians who are more apt to be exposed to the blood or other secretions of infected animals are at an increased risk of developing an infection. The good news is that Brucella canis is relatively short-lived outside the body and is readily inactivated by common disinfectants so management via cleaning and disinfection will help reduce the chance of transmission. that spreads rapidly or can be picked up via casual contact such as playing at a dog park.
Either way, whenever you’re dealing with a sick animal it’s smart to play it safe and limit your kissing and close cuddling until you know what your pet has and if it’s a risk to you and your family. Frankly, since dogs like to lick their nether, I don’t see any reason for a dog’s mouth or tongue to be anywhere near my face!