Ebola, the real bogeyman, and you

Ever since I was 15, my sister and I have used “Ebola” as a short form derivative of every bad bug we’ve ever gotten. “Oh god, I’ve been laid up all day with Ebola,” “that taco from last night gave me Ebola,” etc, etc. We were able to say it with such offhand tone because we knew that really, Ebola wasn’t exactly a threat here in Southern California. It was simply shorthand for “really sick.”

After reading “The Hot Zone” I stopped saying the word at all. Faced with the visceral reality of what hemorrhaging out of every orifice is really like and the panic it engenders in local communities, it didn’t seem so funny a hyperbole. That stuff is scary. You should read the book if you haven’t, which will not only make you start washing your hands a little more, it will also help you appreciate the new role veterinarians are facing as the front line against emerging zoonotic diseases.

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Ebola is scary, very scary, don’t get me wrong. But we’re probably not about to be thrust into the middle of the next Zombie Apocalypse, which is what many people are expecting if my Facebook feed is any indication. If you’re in the mood to freak out, be my guest, but let me give you a better thing to be worrying about. The number of people losing their marbles over two US citizens being flown in within a self contained bubble is pretty silly when you look at all the other scary things facing us every day that, while less camera-ready than a guy in a space suit stumbling into Emory, are much more likely to truly mess up your day.

Remember: A person with a known diagnosis, held inside a containment unit, isn’t the problem here.

The guy coughing on the plane home from Heathrow who feels like garbage but doesn’t want to miss his daughter’s birthday party? That’s going to be the problem. The traveller who takes 4 Advil before hitting the thermal imaging cameras at the Shanghai airport to fool the system into thinking she doesn’t have a fever? Or the person who doesn’t even realize they’re sick until after he or she gets home? There’s the problem, at least so far as Ebola is concerned.

But Ebola isn’t the problem I’m so worried about, not really. As awful as Ebola is, there’s a much bigger tsunami lurking in the background and it’s already here.

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When the associate director of the CDC tells us, “We’re in the post antibiotic era,” THAT makes me panic. And it’s already happening.

The Real Losing Battle

We forget how recently antibiotics have developed in the annals of medical history- Alexander Fleming’s famous penicillin discovery only happened in 1928, less than a century ago. Before that, we were routinely felled by scrapes, coughs, childbirth, urinary tract infections. We’ve done a good job keeping apace of bacteria’s insanely effective evolution to defeat the antibiotic’s mechanisms of action, but we’re finally losing the battle.

It’s the result of a multitude of causalities: a slowdown in new drug development and approval. Misuse of antibiotics in both human and veterinary medicine. The ability for antibiotics to be used over the counter in food production facilities. The latter is now being removed thanks to the FDA’s Guidance 213- taking antibiotics back behind the prescription pad, where they belong.

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But it may be too little too late. The last line of defense in treating drug resistant infections, carbapenem, is now itself encountering resistant bugs. THIS scares me. It should scare you too, more than Ebola, even if Ebola makes people bleed out of their eyeballs. Bacterial infections can be gruesome too, CNN. Is that what it’s going to take?

In the meantime, I do not want to get a fever. Because if I get a fever someone is going to think I have Ebola thanks to the current media frenzy and then I’ll have to go to a hospital, where the real enemy is waiting to kill me. I’m avoiding hospitals like the plague (which is another disease that responds to antibiotics and might not in the future.) DANGIT, we just can’t win, can we?

Pawcurious: With Pet Lifestyle Expert and Veterinarian Dr. V.

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Deer Tick – “Main Street” (Official Video – Uncensored)

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Woolford Provincial Rec Area

There is a park about an hour from here that used to be a campground, that is now day use only.  I remember driving through it years ago and wondering what the heck you would do there if you camped there.  It’s by a river, but not much else.  We were looking for a quiet place to go yesterday so we decided to see what it was like.

The good news is, that it was totally deserted.  Except for the ton of wildlife.  You can tell nobody comes down there based on the number of deer we saw. They were everywhere!

The bad news is, there is still nothing to do.  We walked down the old campground road that’s been blocked off and ambled our way to the river.  There was really only one good entry point for the dogs and you couldn’t walk along the shore due to high banks everywhere.

So we ambled along through the woods while the dogs explored and we managed to redirect them whenever we spotted a deer.  We saw a nighthawk do a broken wing display and I was pretty worried he wasn’t going to be faking for long as the dog’s took off in pursuit.  Thankfully Coulee is too slow and Lacey was a few steps behind at the start.  :)

We took a long rambling way home along back roads and had a pretty fun morning over all.

Crazy Coulee and Little Lacey

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The Pest Opening Scene – john leguizamo

The Pest Opening Scene.

Unboxing for a Riddex electronic pest control. My feelings day one.
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Clean bill of health…

Can we talk about the fainting schnauzer video? We need to talk about it, because if there’s one thing I don’t get in this world, it’s the current trend for pets with a myriad of medical malfunctions or genetic issues becoming internet sensations.

You’ve seen the video, I imagine. A dog is surprised by the owner she hasn’t seen in a year or two, and after freaking out for a few seconds she loses consciousness briefly.

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Attempting to head off criticism, Carson Daly helpfully interjects “CLEAN BILL OF HEALTH GUYS” into the video. No problem, dog is great, everyone can go home, right?

Syncope, Part 1

Now without knowing the dog or what went down at the veterinary clinic, I can’t really tell you what happened, but I can tell you in general that fainting episodes (what we term syncope) are not normal, no matter how excited a dog is. There is a pathology there, whether it’s cardiac or seizure activity or something, but “she just got the vapors” is not a diagnosis.

Let me share with you the general arc of a visit when a patient brings a dog like this- and I’m including both seizure activity and syncopal episodes here- to me. Because the episode itself is short lived, by the time the dog shows up to the clinic he or she often looks fine. After taking a history and keeping in mind things like the age and breed of the pet, we begin the examination.

“Well, the physical examination findings are normal,” I say.

We could end things right here, and you could read that as saying “The pet has a clean bill of health!” But that’s missing the fact that while physical examinations are wonderful tools, they are limited in what they can tell us. The causes of syncope are rarely evident based on physical examination alone.

Syncope, Part 2, 3, and 4

“If we want to figure out the underlying cause of the issue,” I will say, “We should begin with some bloodwork and a urinalysis.” The client may or may not agree, mentally calculating the cost.

“If that’s normal, and it often is, we could proceed next to a cardiac workup: an EKG/cardiac echo/24 hours on the Holter monitor and have a cardiologist review the results.” Now we’ve definitely ventured into “need to think about it” territory.

“If the heart is fine, and we’re more concerned about seizure activity being what’s going on here, a neurologist is your best bet. Unfortunately, diagnosis usually involves costly procedures like CSF taps or CT scans. Epilepsy? Well, we don’t have a definitive test for that at all, so we just have to make the diagnosis based on ruling everything else out first.”

Many owners, especially after a first time episode, go as far as the bloodwork and decide to wait and see if it gets worse before moving to the next step. I don’t blame them- it’s expensive, and you have no idea if the dog will have an event a day later or a year later- but I just want to emphasize that unless they actually performed all of those diagnostics I just listed, it’s hard to definitively say the pet truly has a clean bill of health.

There’s a reason “The dog’s fine!!” is in the Today show headline and Carson makes sure to tell you “the dog’s fine! Someone said so!” and that reason is, we all intuitively know things aren’t fine. Just because you haven’t found the problem doesn’t mean it’s not there. It just means you haven’t located it yet. And I imagine somewhere in that visit, between answering calls from the Today show and counting YouTube hits, the vet did say just that.

 

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Dog Parks: Amarillo vs. Lubbock

Dog Parks: Amarillo vs. Lubbock
An upcoming bond election could give Lubbock residents exactly what they've been asking for: a dog park. “Some people don't have the luxury of a back yard and a dog park is a great way for those people to still allow their dogs the freedom to run
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New dog gym in Alexandria aims to keep man's best friend in shape
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More owners, vets claim dog deaths may be linked to Trifexis drug
Strickland learned through the Freedom of Information Act that the FDA lists 965 complaints of dog deaths blamed on Trifexis. That's an increase of 38 percent in the last eight months, and close to the total of 1,000 deaths linked to Chinese-made
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Jack

Ever since our company left, Jack has decided a chair in the kitchen is his new favourite place.  It’s been weird… he hasn’t once set foot upstairs since everyone left.  He is preferring to hangout in the kitchen or basement now.  Before, his favourite places were upstairs and then the living room/kitchen area.

I’ve been taking advantage of the window light when he sits in his new favourite chair.  Every time I walk by he is in a slightly different “pose”.

All the photos are better in black and white because the wall behind him is red and the towel thing he is sitting on is blue and green.  :)

I’m happy he is hanging out with us again.  It was a pretty long month of self induced isolation for him.  Silly boy.

Crazy Coulee and Little Lacey

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Friday Funny: Watch your step!

From the I Prefer Beagles Facebook page. Happy Friday – hope this made you smile! Until next time, Good day, and good dog!


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Most Funny Dog Videos Compilation 2014 [NEW HD]

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