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I got a question about an old post on this topic, so I decided to add a bit of information and re-post it. Not much has changed since it was written in 2018, apart from more reports of people and pets getting sick from raw pet food and raw treats. “Is freeze-dried raw pet food any different than fresh or frozen raw diets, from a microbiological standpoint?We don’t have much pet food-specific…
I usually link blog posts to Tweets, rather than re-hash my Twitter musings (weese_scott) on the blog, but two things I posted on Twitter today may be of interest here. COVID-19 in captive gorillas Not surprisingly, COVID-19 has been identified in captive gorillas, in this case at the San Diego zoo.  It’s suspected that the gorillas were infected by an asymptomatically infected keeper, despite the intense precautions that have been taken to try to…
Here’s the latest version of our pandemic guidance document for Ontario veterinary clinics, produced in collaboration with the OVMA.  Previously entitled “A guide to reopening veterinary medicine in Ontario” it has been retitled “A guide to mitigating the risk of infection in veterinary practices during the COVID-19 pandemic (04-Jan-2021)“. Previous versions of the guidance and other related documents can be found on the Worms & Germs COVID-19 Veterinary Resources page.  …
We continue to track cases of canine infectious respiratory disease in various parts of Canada, for what it’s worth. The data are obviously a bit dodgy because it’s primarily from self-reporting, but I think we’re getting some interesting information. Cases seem to be slowing down, but we continue to get reports from the two main areas in Canada (and a trickle from the  US). Part of the clustering we’re seeing is probably due to local…
The new SARS-CoV-2 strain circulating in the UK (technically called SARS-CoV-2 VUI 202012/01, or B.1.1.7 – see “what’s in a name” below) has raised a lot of concern internationally. The fact that we have a mutant strain of the virus isn’t surprising. There are countless mutant strains out there already. Viruses like this naturally change over time. Usually the changes are fairly irrelevant in terms of how the virus behaves, though they can still be…
We’re continuing to track informal reports of canine infectious respiratory disease in a number of areas.  Click here for the latest version of our canine infectious respiratory disease complex (CIRDC) map (December 17). We’re still getting lots of reports of sick dogs in Edmonton and Calgary, both via cases reported through our survey for the map and through emails that I get from various people. The cause of illness in these dogs is currently still…
There are various reasons we’re paying attention to SARS-CoV-2 in domestic animals. One important one is the potential for transmission of the virus from domestic animals to wildlife (because animals tend to have more direct contact with wildlife than people do). More specifically, we’re concerned about transmission to wildlife and then persistence of the virus in wildlife populations. For that to occur, you need susceptible wildlife species in large enough numbers and in close enough…
A few days ago, I wrote about our efforts to track infectious respiratory disease in dogs, based on informal reports of potentially increased disease activity in a couple of areas (particularly Calgary AB and Guelph ON).  Click here for the latest version of our canine infectious respiratory disease complex (CIRDC) map. As expected, once we started asking, we started getting more reports of sick dogs in several areas. There are also some interesting…
A few times a week, I get questions like this from veterinarians: I have a canine patient from [name your country] and it’s sick. What diseases should I be aware of? I have healthy canine patient that was just imported from [name your country]. What diseases should I be aware of? Or I get questions like this from dog owners: I’m getting a dog from [name your country]. Are there any disease concerns I should…
Not surprisingly, COVID-19 has been identified on a mink farm in British Columbia, Canada, in the midst of Canada’s 2nd wave of the COVID-19 pandemic. It’s important note that so far, the virus has only been found in people on the farm, not in the mink. Eight farm workers were reportedly diagnosed with COVID-19 over the weekend, so now testing of the mink is underway. With 8 infected people at the facility, it’s pretty likely…