Learn more about the Human Health Benefits and Risks of Pets

Medical doctors explore and discuss health benefits and risk of pets in the house and home. As in previous studies the overall data is positive. Read http://www.jabfm.org/content/28/4/526.full for more information especially on the topics of Rabies Worms and Allergies. Fergus Veterinary Hospital Health Assurance Plans address many of these issues, which is one of the reasons we developed them.

Online symptom checkers lead people and pets astray

As much as the internet can help it has also the ability to lead us astray when it comes to health questions for humans and pets.
Harvard looked at online symptom checkers and some were from some pretty reputable institutions, but all had the ability to lead people to the wrong conclusions regarding their health. Please use the internet only as a rough outline regarding health questions. Real diagnosis requires a real Dr.


Lost Kitty!!!

HELP!! My name is Binks, and I am a 1 and 1/2 year old, male neutered kitty. I am black in colour and a little bit of white on my belly, with long fur and am declawed. I saw an open door, and decided to go out for an adventure in the Woodhill/Black St area in Fergus. Now, I am completely and utterly lost! PLEASE, if you have seen me or know where I am, call my mom Diana at 519-993-8238. She is worried sick about me, and I would really like to go home. Thanks for your help!

Lost Kitty!

HELP!!  My name is Felix and I am a gray and white kitty with a gray nose.  I am 4 years old, neutered and micro chipped.  I also have some medical issues.  I decided to take myself out for the day and have ended up completely lost.  I went missing in the Patrick Blvd area of Elora.  PLEASE, if you have seen me or know where I am, call my mom Kristen at 519-994-8463.  She is worried sick about me, and I really would like to go home now!  Thanks for  your help.

Healthy Living with Pets in Elora, Fergus and our Area

52% of households have a member with an immune system that does not work well in our area. These households should be having a discussion with their doctor , veterinarian or both about ” How to live well and safely with pets and animals in general” !


<<<<Duh files: Doctors don’t always ask about pet-related health risks

Posted by Doug Powell on 04/21/2015 from Barfblog
According to NPR, if you’re being treated for cancer, an iguana might not be the pet for you.

Ditto if you’re pregnant, elderly or have small children at home.

Pets can transmit dozens of diseases to humans, but doctors aren’t always as good as they should be in asking about pets in the home and humans’ health issues, a study finds.

And that goes for people doctors and animal doctors. “The fact that they’re equally uneducated is concerning,” says Jason Stull, an assistant professor of veterinary preventive medicine at Ohio State University and lead author of the review, which was published Monday in the Canadian Medical Association Journal. “There hasn’t been a great dialogue between the veterinary community, the human health community and the public.”

Amphibians, reptiles, rodents and young poultry can spread Salmonella. Back in 2013 the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention warned of an outbreak of a rare strain of Salmonella among people who had pet hedgehogs, and suggested that people lay off cuddling the adorable creatures.

Parasites like giardia and Cryptosporidium cause diarrheal disease and can be spread by dogs and cats. Those are nasty but treatable. Rarer parasites like Echinococcus tapeworms can cause liver failure and death.

People should be sure to let their human health-care providers know that they have pets, Stull says, and let the vet know if there are family members who are at greater risk of animal-borne infections. That includes children under age 5, pregnant women, older people, and anyone with a weakened immune system due to things like chemotherapy, HIV/AIDS or organ transplants.

If you’re intrigued by the notion of Fluffy as disease vector, you’ve got friends at (decent hockey player Scott Weese’) Worms and Germs  blog from the University of Guelph. They’re closely following the new outbreak of canine flu, for example.

At The Ohio State University and partner institutions, researchers have compiled the latest information from more than 500 studies worldwide to make recommendations on how families can minimize the risk of disease transmission by choosing the right type of pet, or by making small changes in how they enjoy the pets they already have.

The review was published in the April 20 issue of CMAJ (Canadian Medical Association Journal).>>>>

The Fergus Veterinary Hospital has the resources to help with this discussion and are here to help. If your household has an individual that meets the risk profile in the article above  or even if you just want more information contact us.