Welcome to Episode 44.
Happy New Year from everyone at Georgia Veterinary Associates!
In this year's first episode we'll start by talking about some new year things such as how to write the date, the decades, and more!
First things first, we'll talk about the word of the week, Melena! Melena is "dark stool (that) can have causes that aren't due to underlying disease. Examples include medications containing bismuth or iron supplements." This will lead us into a discussion about strange names. We'll talk about Netflix's new series You. You has a good example of weird names, where tennis scores Forty and Love are actually twin characters in the series. We will also talk about Netflix's true crime series Don's F**k With Cats that is based on a true story.
We'll talk about a Texas Veterinarian that shot a neighbors cat in the head with a bow and arrow and how she thought it was a good idea to brag about it on social media. She lost her license, which is a just punishment, even after multiple appeal attempts.
If you plan on traveling to Mexico with your pet, good news! The country has just dropped all required health certificates for tourists traveling into Mexico with their cat or dog. If you are traveling, make sure to check with your airline as they may still require some for of paperwork.
This will lead us to talk about how some Delta employees claim that their new uniforms are causing a barrage of problems ranging from upper respiratory infections to boils.
Did you know that cats are more likely to develop Hypothyroidism whereas dogs are more likely to develop Hyperthyroidism? Cats tend to overproduce the enzyme produced by the Thyroid causing weight loss as well as other problems whereas dogs are more likely to form an autoimmune disease where the body attacks and destroys that same enzyme. Due to this, Cats are more likely to be underweight if they have a Thyroid issue, where dogs are more likely to be overweight! The more you know.
We will also talk about a case of Brucellosis in Montana. Brucellosis is zoonotic, meaning it can pass between people and animals. Brucellosis in people is defined as "a highly contagious zoonosis caused by ingestion of unpasteurized milk or undercooked meat from infected animals, or close contact with their secretions. It is also known as undulant fever, Malta fever, and Mediterranean fever" where is animals is it described as "an infectious disease caused by bacteria (and) is primarily a reproductive disease in animals, but it can also cause reoccurring fevers, arthritis or udder infection."
Other more common zoonotic diseases we tend to look out for are Rabies, Leptospirosis, and Ringworm as well as other parasites. The most common way Doctors or Technicians are exposed to Rabies on the job is when a cow or horse is chocking. Trying to save the animal, medical staff will put their hand down the chocking animal's throat to try and unclog it, later Rabies is tested and confirmed.
Lastly, we will talk about Puffins! Puffins have been added to the list of animals that are known to use tools in the wild! Already on the list are Primates and Elephants. Like Elephants, a puffin in Wales has been recorded using a stick to scratch themselves!