Keep families healthy

Keep families healthy

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Sep 01, 2006


Dwight D. Bowman
Q. How do I prevent my clients from getting zoonotic infections?

The short answer: You can't prevent all infections, says Dwight D. Bowman, MS, PhD, a professor of parasitology with the department of Microbiology and Immunology at Cornell University in Ithaca, N.Y. "If your client wants to eat sashimi at the local Japanese restaurant and gets an anisakid nematode or a trematode infection, it's out of your control. But you can educate clients to lessen their chances of certain types of zoonotic infections."

Here's a short list of steps you can take to help clients reduce their risks:

  • Keep dogs and cats free of heartworms, intestinal worms, fleas, and ticks.
  • Conduct routine fecal exams, even for animals taking preventives, to help verify pets are infection-free.
  • Educate clients about prevention. For example, you'll want to tell clients to wash their hands frequently, especially after gardening or handling soil, and use a scoop to handle feces or clean the cat box. They can also decrease the risk of infection by placing pet poop in the trash or incinerating it rather than placing it in a compost. And they can protect their pets by feeding cooked or canned food, because raw foods can lead to infections from Salmonella or Trichinella. (For more tips to educate clients, visit the Companion Animal Parasite Council Web site at http://www.capcvet.org/.)

"A healthy pet will go a long way towards protecting clients," says Dr. Bowman. "If your clients like sushi, you probably won't talk them out of eating it. But you might be able to keep them from feeding it to their dogs and cats."

Proceedings papers for techs

The very best behavior advice for new puppy owners (Proceedings)

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The entire hospital staff should play a role in the counseling of new puppy owners.

The technician's role creating a behavior centered veterinary practice (Proceedings)

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A focus on pet behavior in the veterinary clinic is an excellent practice builder.

Trying times--dealing with canine adolescent dog (Proceedings)

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A behavior wellness exam is an opportunity to check up on a pet’s behavioral health and answer any related questions a client may have.

Enriching geriatric patient's lives (Proceedings)

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An important time for practices to include a behavioral exam is when a pet becomes a senior.

Tubes and tracheas--all about endotracheal tubes and lesions in difficult intubations (Proceedings)

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Endotracheal tubes are usually made from silicone, polyvinyl chloride (PVC) plastic or red rubber.