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While the zika virus poses worrisome human health concerns, another potential health problem is brewing that threatens both humans and domesticated animals –the importing of foreign dogs for adoption.

Many people are unaware that the U.S. has become something of a favored nation

Animal rescue organizations and animal shelters have replaced pet stores as the primary source of dogs throughout the United States.

Unfathomably, concerns about the health of dogs imported from other states and countries are rarely discussed. Unsuspecting adopters could end up with dogs that have serious, sometimes fatal diseases.

For example, dogs that have been

The management of feral cat colonies is extremely controversial.

On one hand there are people and nonprofits who are vehemently protective of these colonies, feeding and caring for these homeless animals.  On the other hand, there are concerns about the impact these colonies have on local wildlife and concerns about the diseases and parasites these

Pets are increasingly important in this and other developed countries.

Many pet owners are unaware of the diseases and parasites their pets may harbor that can cause illness to humans.  This is one reason that proper veterinary care through routine visits to a veterinarian is so important.

The transmission of diseases between people and pets 

The humane standards of care of animals are constantly changing, as informed by scientific advances. Animal agriculture, in particular, has been evolving for decades. Livestock housing techniques, like other husbandry practices, have continuously evolved to protect animals from exposure to diseases, pests, environmental extremes, and from each other. Animal scientists and veterinarians continuously research methods,

A new bill in Kansas would amend the Kansas pet animal ac, adding licensing and other requirements for  animal rescue networks and pet animal foster homes.

House Bill No 2514, introduced during the Session of 2016 defines “rescue network,” “rescue network manager,” and “pet animal foster home” as:

“Rescue network” means the premises of

Farmers are often accused of raising livestock on “factory farms” and therefore treating their animals cruelly if they are house their animals indoors. Of course the opposite is true. The purpose of indoor housing is to protect livestock from harsh external environment, and to decrease exposure to internal and external parasites and diseases spread by

In late December the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention published an article in MMWR titled “Rabies in a Dog Imported from Egypt with a Falsified Rabies Vaccination Certificate — Virginia, 2015” which, because of its significance to human and animal health, is republished in full here and (except for the accompanying table available here

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Julie R. Sinclair, DVM1; Ryan M. Wallace, DVM2; Karen Gruszynski, DVM3; Marilyn Bibbs Freeman, PhD4; Colin Campbell, DVM5; Shereen Semple, MS5; Kristin Innes, MPH5; Sally Slavinski, DVM6; Gabriel Palumbo, MPH1; Heather Bair-Brake, DVM1; Lillian Orciari, MS2; Rene E. Condori, MS2; Adam Langer, DVM1; Darin S. Carroll, PhD2; Julia Murphy, DVM3

As previously described, Equine Herpes Virus (Myeloencephalopathy) (EHM) can be devastating to horses exposed, especially when an outbreak occurs in stables or equestrian events where large numbers of horses are present.

State and Federal Animal Health Officials have been responding to these events, imposing quarantines when warranted, and requiring daily examinations and testing to