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It's A Dog's Life - YOUR Dog's! Newsletter
June 15, 2012
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Dogs Fireworks and Rabies


Next month July is a big month for dogs. It's the middle of summer and one of the hottest times of the year, a problem that we looked at in last month's newsletter, but it's also the month of one of the biggest American holidays: the 4th of July aka Independence Day. And you know what that means – fireworks. Lots of bright, loud, noisy fireworks, symbols of a festive and fun celebration for humans and sensory overload mixed with sheer terror for dogs.

If you're planning on attending any fireworks shows in a few days, leave the dog at home. Loud, startling noises are probably 30 times louder for dogs, who have much better hearing than you. They can cause your pup a lot of unnecessary stress and anxiety. Also, if you're having an Independence Day bash at your house, be sure to keep the dog away from all beer, liquor, or wine. Alcohol has a very negative effect on canines, causing lethargy, disorientation, coma, or even death. Basically all the same effects that happen to humans but caused by much, much smaller amounts.

I also want to talk about July 6, an extremely important day for dog owners that most don't even know about. On July 6, 1885, Louis Pasteur changed the world with a small scientific test on a 9 year old boy. Pasteur, who is famous mostly for his dairy pasteurization techniques, introduced the world to the idea that bacteria are everywhere and that germs attack the body from the outside in, not the other way around as most medical professionals believed at the time.

He performed a lot of research on tuberculosis, smallpox, and cholera, and eventually became interested in a widespread problem at the time that consistently killed anybody infected by it: rabies. If you ever wondered why Rabies is not nearly as big a deal today as it was in the past, it's because Louis Pasteur performed his first successful test of a rabies vaccine on July 6 nearly 150 years ago. He tested his vaccine on a young boy that had recently been bitten by a rabid dog.

This type of bite always killed its victims, and there was nothing medical science could do for him at the time. Pasteur rushed forward his development process and came out with a possible vaccine. If it worked, the boy would be saved and Pasteur would become a hero. If it didn't work, the boy would die and Louis Pasteur would be arrested and prosecuted for performing human medical tests without a license.

The vaccine worked and the boy survived, causing the vaccine to be quickly mass produced to combat the widespread rabies threat. These days it's easy to take for granted that rabies is rarely ever seen, and even if it is it can be easily treated. It wasn't always like that, and July is a great time to remember the work of Louis Pasteur.

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