Welcome to Episode 27.
We'll recap last weeks episode and say a huge thanks to Heather Brown for being our guest on last weeks show. We'll talk a bit more about how hurricane Dorian didn't make landfall in GA as well as talk more about turtles! We'll quickly share a story about a two-headed turtle that was found and released back into the ocean. Dr. Miller also shares that while it is rare, it is more common to see Polycephaly -- the condition of having two heads -- in reptiles. We will also reveal what the secret sound was!
We'll talk about Typhus and how a veterinarian and a vet tech in San Antonio TX were diagnosed with it. This story will lead us into a discussion about Zoonotic Diseases, or diseases that can pass from species to species, or from pets to people. We'll talk about pest born illness such as Lyme disease that is caused by tick bites and Typhus which is caused by flea bites. We'll also talk about how we as an industry see a lot more concern for tick-borne illness and hardly any from flea born ones. Thankfully Typhus isn't fatal. We'll also talk about West Nile and the human death from the Mosquito born disease in Atlanta this year. West Nile also has a tendency to appear after hurricanes as stagnant water tends to pool and breeding increases.
As we talk more about Zoonotic Disease, it'll bring us into our next topic which is One Health. From the CDC One Health is "It is a collaborative, multisectoral, and transdisciplinary approach—working at the local, regional, national, and global levels—with the goal of achieving optimal health outcomes recognizing the interconnection between people, animals, plants, and their shared environment."
Such breakouts include the 2014/2015 Avian Flu are an example of what this task force is aimed to help prevent and educate both human and animal doctors. The aim of this task force would let veterinarians do a traditional 3 years of vet school and their last 2 years in an environmental health and integrated medicine programs. Dr. Miller also shares that traditional veterinary students have the option of going into a general practice or pursuing a career in Epidemiology. For us as well it's more prevalent as the CDC is very close by.
We'll talk about more strange pet food diets such as the British Veterinary Association's recommended an insect-based diet.
Some feel-good stories we'll talk about include a Veterinarian at Texas A&M was able to save a pregnant camel's life by reattaching a dislocated hip as well as the paralyzed tortoise that was given a skateboard to get around.
This week we do not have a secret sound, instead, we are looking for what the bottom side of a turtles shell is called! If you think you know, contact us at People, Pets & Vets on Instagram!
Lastly, we'll talk about how less and less pets are entering shelters and therefore the euthanasia rate has fallen by 76% since 2009! This is due to a few reasons such as cultural changes, more spay and neuters, adopting trends, and so much more!