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kitsujacksI've often asked my vet if my dogs can catch my cold or do they get allergies. Although they cannot catch my cold, they do have allergies and can share some of the same symptoms that we get. With the latest deadly Ebola virus in the news, many people are wondering if our pets can catch the virus or if we can catch the virus from our dogs or cats.

According to the CDC (Center for Disease Control), the chances first of all of our dog or cat getting the Ebola virus is rare since there are no known cases of a pet having the virus, nor is there a known case of a dog or cat in South Africa where the virus is present having the virus. Our pets would have to come into contact with the blood and body fluids of a person sick with Ebola. Therefore, the chance of a pet getting the Ebola virus is very low.

Of course, if a dog or cat lives in the home of a person with Ebola, the animal should be in the care of a veterinarian who will handle the case on an individual basis. It is not known whether the Ebola virus can be transmitted via a pet's fur or paws to spread to other animals or people. Just keep your animal safe, as you would yourself, and avoid exposure to anyone with Ebola.

 

cat sitting in windowThis is another popular myth that people think applies to their cat, especially if they have fallen out of a 2nd story window and survived. The truth is, cats only have one life. To ensure that your cat's one life is a healthy life, take them for regular check ups with your vet. And do not believe those myths by testing any of them out on your cat. It would be a hard and painful lesson to learn the truth about your cat - that it does have only one life. Make it a good one!

daily painting animals by artist dj geribo benji the llasa detailSince I've had dogs for many years, I've heard a lot of myths about dogs - some are true and some have maybe a grain of truth to them and then others have been just plain wrong. Dogs seeing everything in black and white, not being able to distinguish color, is one myth I've heard again and again. But is it true?

Dogs do indeed see in color but more like people who have red/green color blindness. Their eyes have receptors for blue/green shades but not red shades, which means, they can't distinguish between yellow, green, and red but they can more easily distinguish between blue, purple, and gray.  

 

Does Benji think he's laying on a gray floor?

phoca thumb l cozy-kitty-painting-by-artist-dj-geriboThis was a new one for me, I had never heard this one before. Of course, I don't have cats but we did when I was a kid and our cats never chewed plastic and didn't seem to have any desire to either.

Interesting though, since plastics can be made with a variety of products, one of which is by-products from the rendering process. Therefore, plastic bags may contain casein, renin, or other animal by-product that both smells and tastes appealing to cats.

Cat owners should not allow this behavior since their cat may swallow the plastic, causing irritation to the stomach and intestines.

KitsuhealthynoseHow many times have you touched your dog's nose and it is dry? I know when I have felt my dog's nose and felt that it is dry and warm, to me, it was like I was taking my dog's temperature and the indication was that she wasn't feeling well. I usually did this after she appeared sluggish or not like her usual playful self.

By all reports, this is an accurate indication that your dog is not feeling well. Our dogs should have moist, smooth-surfaced noses with a consistent temperature to the pads of their feet. Dogs that are ill aren't able to keep themselves hydrated. They also most likely aren't eating normally which will add to their dehydration.

Keep an eye on your dog and watch her behavior. If she stops eating or drinking water, check her nose to see if it is dry, and then contact your veterinarian for proper care.

 

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