Zika Virus and Dogs along with other Great Items
Hoping that each of you had a great Memorial Day Holiday!!!! Lee, the boys and I had a great weekend. We had friends over on Sunday (5/29) for our traditional Memorial Day cook-out and a late birthday party for Lee. See photos on www.WHITEHOUSECA.com
I was asked after the last posting, "do you use a GPS"? The answer is yes along with maps. We have started using the FMCA North American Road Atlas. Like our GPS, it shows campgrounds. The atlas also shows Walmart, Sam's Club, Cracker Barrel, Pilot/Flying J, and even Love's travel centers.
Besides my planning and checking-being a member of GOOD SAMs and Family Motor Coach Association, allows me to request free custom trip routings.
We are two weeks off until leaving. This is when I really start looking at the maps and checking into campgrounds. Lee and I will also make a trip to our nearby Camping World store to see if we need anything new. We have already checked the RV for our standard items we always have on hand.
One of the things we check are the PET SUPPLIES. Because our SIRS are picky, we always take plenty of their food and treats along. Don't forget these items too:
Food dish, water dish, lease, toys, brush and comb, collar with tags containing your cell phone number, medication and first aid kit, pictures in case they get lost and we always bring Health Information along with rabies certificate.
I just read the following article from the AKC website. I would like to copy it here so you can see there is currently NO fear for dogs concerning the Zika Virus. As you can see in the article---no research has been done either. So follow your common sense
Should Breeders Worry About Zika Virus And Their Dogs?
Spring has arrived and, along with the welcomed warmer temperatures, comes the not-so-welcome pesky insects.
The Zika virus, transmitted through mosquitoes, has been in the news lately as a health concern for humans causing fever and joint pain and, of most concern for pregnant women, serious birth defects in infants.
Zika virus is transmitted to people primarily through the bite of an infected Aedes species mosquito (A. aegypti and A. albopictus). Currently, evidence shows that only humans and primates can contract the Zika virus. There is no evidence that dogs and other pets can contract the disease; the research has not been done.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have reported the following regarding animals and the virus:
- At this time, animals do not appear to be involved in the spread of Zika virus.
- There is no evidence that Zika virus is spread to people from contact with animals.
- There have not been any reports of pets or other types of animals becoming sick with Zika virus. However, more research is needed to better understand Zika virus in animals.
- Animals in the United States are not at risk of becoming sick with Zika virus.
Taking precautions to prevent mosquitoes near your kennel and home is a good idea. Mosquitoes need standing water to produce so survey your property for any place that holds water and eliminate these sources. Change the water in bird baths, wading pools, etc. at least once a week.
Keep pets indoors during peak mosquito hours, which are dawn and dusk. Reduce light at night since light tends to attract mosquitoes. (taken from AKC Website-email)
Storage can be a problem in a RV. We are lucky, our ACE has lots of inside and outside storage.
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