2019-12-20 18:53:201 Oct 2018 01:53 AM EST
By Chanel Adams, Image Source:JACLOU-DL/Pixabay
Puppies are making people sick. It can be difficult to avoid touching an adorable puppy, but according to recent reports, some of those puppies may be infectious. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention revealed that puppies contain germs that are making people sick. This bacterium is also easily spread to other individuals, according to a report via CBS Chicago.
The CDC is warning pet owners of an outbreak of a drug-resistant Campylobacter infection that has spread from puppies to people. There have been 30 reported cases in 13 states. In addition, four people have been hospitalized. There have been no fatalities, but Dr. William Schaffner of Vanderbilt University Medical Center says that most of the symptoms are uncomfortable.
“It can cause an illness characterized by nausea, vomiting, abdominal cramps, diarrhea – which can sometimes be bloody – and it can last several days,” Schaffner said.
“It’s a bacteria that, for the lack of a better word, sets up camp in the GI tract,” according to Dr. Sara Lewis of the Animal Humane Society.
The onslaught of infections has been linked to puppies bought at pet stores. One of the stores includes the Petland Chain in Chicago where employees have gotten sick. The CDC warns that if you intend on purchasing a puppy from a pet store, you should check if it’s alert and playful. You should also bring your puppy to the vet for its first checkup within the first few days of purchase.
Doctor have also suggested that pet owners should practice good hygiene habits.
“The best thing you can do to prevent getting Campylobacter is vigorous, frequent handwashing after you’ve played with the puppy,” Schaffner said.
You should also not let your dog lick you on the mouth. While puppies are cute for kissing, it can be hazardous to your health. Petland has announced that it will follow all the recommended protocols from health officials. They’re also currently investigating the source of the infection. Back in 2017, puppies sold at Petland were linked to a similar outbreak that infected over 100 in 17 states.
The best way to avoid this illness altogether is to adopt. There are plenty of adorable puppies available for adoption at animal shelters across the nation. Both animal shelters and pet rescue groups work tirelessly to provide shelter and care for unhoused pets and bring them to loving homes. If you choose to adopt – rather than shop – you’ll save a life. Since space within animal shelters are so limited, staff must determine which pets have to be euthanized.
You can dramatically reduce the rates of euthanized animals if you adopt rather than buy them at the pet store. When you adopt from a local animal control agency, a local animal shelter, or a rescue group, you will save the lives of two kinds of animals – the dogs that you adopt and a homeless animal that can get rescued because of the space that you freed up.
More importantly, when you adopt, you bring home a healthier pet. Unfortunately, most of the puppies that are sold in pet stores are often infectious. Animal shelters and rescue groups are packed with happy and healthy puppies that are waiting for someone to take them home. They examine, spay or neuter, microchip, and vaccinate all their pets before adoption. Animals are also screened for behaviors and temperaments to ensure each family finds the right pet for their specific lifestyle.
Most people assume that animals end up in animal shelters or rescue groups because they were punished. The reason why most animals go to shelters or rescue groups is because of lifestyle reasons, such as a divorce, financial constraints, lack of time, or a move. It doesn’t have anything to do with what they’ve done. Another plus is that adoption will save you money. Adoption is much cheaper than buying a puppy from a pet store, online, or other sources.
You can get a healthy pet for around $9 to $300 that’s fixed, micro-chipped, and vaccinated. Plus, every adoption includes a free visit and free pet insurance. Puppies make you feel good about yourself. Not only do they offer unconditional love, but they offer emotional, physical, or psychological benefits. Caring for a pet can help reduce feeling of isolation and loneliness. In short, pets don’t just make good friends. They can provide good medicine and can improve your life in many ways than one.
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