Thursday, February 18, 2010

A Man's Best Friend

Everyone has heard the term "a dog is a man's best friend." However, these furry friends are a little too loyal when it comes to Toxoplasmosis. Studies show that "50% of stray dogs and cats carry T.gondii antibodies, which means that they have been infected and may transmit the parasite to you. Reports show that dogs in shelters, dogs living in close contact with wild birds and rodents in rural areas, and dogs fed raw meat are at mich higher risk for being infected by T.gondii. Since 2000 there have been identified incidents of dermatitis (a general term for a skin rash) in a dog associated with an unidentified Toxoplasma gondii-like parasite." Next time you let your dog jump into bed with may want to reconsider.

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