Research from The Department of Pathology and Animal Health, University of Naples, Italy. They warned that the effects of these climate changes include the increase in numerous vector borne diseases. A vector in biology could be any agent or organism capable of transmitting disease-causing microorganisms from one infected human being or animal to another. The most common vectors in Nature are mosquitoes, fleas, and ticks.
- Dr. Karen Fling of the East Lake Veterinary Hospital said: “In our Dallas practice we’ve seen a tripling of cases since 2006 and so far in 2010 cases have already doubled over 2009.”
- The Ontario Veterinary Medical Association (OVMA) and the Hamilton Academy of Veterinary Medicine (HAVM) in Canada are particularly concerned over a “10-fold increase in the number of seen and treated cases of heartworm disease” since 2008.
- Dr. Mike Younker at the Fayette Veterinary Medical Center in Georgia said the clinic has seen a 25 percent increase in heartworm this year.
- Dr. Stuart Feinstein, a Poughkeepsie infectious disease specialist who specializes in the treatment of tick-borne diseases said, “We’ve seen a lot more hospitalizations, and people have been a lot sicker with ehrlichiosis.”
- Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services stated the two diseases that increased the most from 2006 to 2007 were Rocky Mountain spotted fever and ehrlichiosis.
- Small breed dogs were affected more than larger breeds for some products.
- The amount of product in a single dose needed to vary more for small to large dogs – that is, how much the dog weighs matters a lot in deciding how much of a product should be used.
- Misuse or accidental exposure of cats to dog products was an important problem; cats can be harmed by dog products.
- Label warnings against use of dog products on other animals, especially cats, are not working well enough.
But one must be careful if they also have cats. Essential oils are generally not safe to use around sensitive cat’s bodies. AromaCat.com does carry a flea product called, Scat No Fleas!, which is safe for cats because it is a hydrosol of essential oils not the essential oils themselves.
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