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Stressed Show Horses May Spread Herpes

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stressed Show Horses May Spread Herpes

Be careful Camilla!

According to animal health experts equine herpes (a highly contagious infection among horses that can be fatal) may spread when stressed out show horses come together for competitions.

That appears to have helped fuel the current equine herpes outbreak, which has killed at least 12 horses and sickened 72 others in 10 states so far. These states include Arizona, California, Colorado, Idaho, New Mexico, Nevada, Oklahoma, Oregon, Utah and Washington.

Philip Johnson, a professor of equine internal medicine at the University of Missouri's College of Veterinary Medicine stated:

"Most adult horses are infected with the virus."

GROSS! The prof went on to say:

"Like most herpes viruses — human and animal — infection leads to a life-long association between the virus and the host. In most healthy horses most of the time, the host's immune system prevents the virus from going active and being especially contagious."

Still gross.

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EXCLUSIVE: What You Gotta Know About Driving Around With Your Pet

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EXCLUSIVE: What You Must Know About Driving Around With Your Pet

Love taking your pooch EVERYWHERE?

You never want to be without your pet (we totes get that), but did you know running errands with your can be dangerous?

Our fav Hollywood vet, Dr. Patrick Mahaney, warns his celeb clientele (and now you) that bringing along companion animals when heading out and about can exposes your pet to a variety of health stressors, including potentially lethal hot temperatures. Yikes!

The Dr. says:

Never leave your dog unattended in a car, even on a day that feels relatively cool.

A Stanford University Medical Center study determined that the temperature within a vehicle can increase by an average of 40 degrees Fahrenheit in within 60 minutes, regardless of the outside temperature. (crazy right?)

Your dog’s body temperature can rapidly increase and cause hyperthermia — and only a few minutes of hyperthermia are required for your dog to suffer the severe effects of heat related illness, including death.

The Dr. says even if you plan to only be away from the car for a few minutes, unforeseeable circumstances could keep you occupied for longer and your pooch could fry (or die).

Contact him via his website OR click HERE to tweet the celeb vet your questions!

See some of Dr. Patrick's canine pals showing their big tongues as they expel heat via panting.

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Happy 250th Anniversary, Vets!

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250th Anniversary Of Vets!

Aw!

To celebrate the 250th anniversary of the veterinary profession the European Commission's Directorate General for Health and Consumers and the World Organisation for Animal Health sponsored a world wide photo competition.

The five winners are:

Somenath Mukhopadhyay (Winner for Asia), Genoveva Kriechbaum (Winner for Middle East), Molly Feltner (Winner for Africa), Ariel Alejandro Corvalán Herrera (Winner for the Americas) and István Konyhás (Winner for Europe).

Enjoy the great photos below!

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How To Keep Your Pet From Getting Sick

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Did you know cats who's owners smoke inside the house are 50% more likely to suffer from fatal gastric diseases?

Or

That your puppy can be severely poisoned munching on a plant?

Teddy Hilton's celebrity vet Dr. Patrick Mahaney, uses both eastern and western medicine to treat his pet patrons.

By following Patrick's simple tips you can keep your pet away from unesscary visits with vets (like him)!

Check out this weeks pet care tip: Keeping you pet toxin free!

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1,200 Dogs Euthanized After Disease Outbreak

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Distemper outbreak causes 1,200 dogs in kennel to be euthanized

So SAD!!!

An estimated 1,200 dogs were euthanized after an outbreak of the highly contagious disease, distemper, was reported in Wyoming.

The disease, which is usually deadly for wildlife, was linked to Beaver Creek Kennels, a large-scale breeding operation in Kansas.

Kansas Livestock Commissioner Bill Brown said the state started to investigate the kennels in September after being contacted by Wyoming's state veterinarian about distemper cases at a pet store in the state.

Unfortunately, after quarantining the kennel, no shelters would take any of the dogs because of the outbreak, so the decision was made to humanely euthanize them.

Brown commented on the decision, saying:

"The Animal Health Department humanely euthanized those animals through intravenous injection. It was an agonizing decision on everyone's part. But when it came down to it, it was a unanimous agreement by all parties that this was the best step."

We can only imagine how tough that decision must have been!

At least the outbreak was quarantined so no more animals will suffer due to the disease.

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