How much chance is there that my dog will get Ebola virus?
There has been a lot of press about Ebola virus lately. And while it is certainly a very scary disease, most of us are well protected from any exposure or infection. Those at highest risk are people who travel to Africa and provide aid to the poor people suffering from Ebola infection. And we’ve all heard about the one dog found to be infected with Ebola virus. Because the virus is transmitted through blood or bodily fluids this dog had to be in close contact with someone who had the illness himself.
If you or anyone you know plans to travel to Africa and deliver humanitarian aid to the sufferers of Ebola, then you’ll want to avoid contact with animals on your return.
Essentially the same quarantine time for avoiding humans would be how long you should avoid your dog or cat.
The boards of animal health for most states have formed action plans for dealing with potential Ebola infection. If you’re concerned about any potential risk to your pets, contact your veterinarian. Your veterinarian has the information to refer you to the right authorities where you live.
While Ebola virus is less likely to contract than the flu, because both are viruses, doing things to support a healthy immune system will work great to protect your pets, no matter what the illness. Echinacea is a commonly used herb that can strengthen the immune system and can be used in dogs and cats. Herbal blends like Yin Qiao are great antiviral formulas. Ask your holistic veterinarian about proper dosing to protect your four-legged family.
Dr. Cathy Alinovi DVM
As a practicing veterinarian, Dr. Cathy treated 80% of what walked in the door — not with expensive prescriptions — but with adequate nutrition. Now retired from private practice, her commitment to pets hasn’t waned and she looks forward to impacting many more pet parents through her books, research, speaking and consulting work. Learn more at drcathyvet.com