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Global Warming Puts Our Pets At Risk

By Craig Baird
Updated: 2009-06-16 5:57 PM 2833 Views    Category: - General Pet Care
 
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Everyone loves their pets. Pets are a great companion to our lives. They are there when we need them and always happy to see us, no matter how their own day has been. We love them, care about them and only want the best for them. However, as it turns out our own ungreen habits may be bad for them and we aren't talking about the byproducts in their food. Nope, a new study in New Scientist has found that with increasing temperatures on the planet, our pets are going to be at greater and greater risk.
 
According to the study, rising temperatures mean that pets will be exposed to more and more infectious diseases that are spread by ticks, fleas and mosquitoes. The study looked at the European dog tick and its ability to transmit a malaria disease called canine babesiosis into countries like Germany, Poland, the Netherlands and Belgium on a much more frequent basis, unlike now where this type of disease is increasingly rare.
 
As well, Ixodes ticks are being found in greater and greater numbers around Europe, which means that their ability to transmit encephalitis to horses and dogs will only increase as the weather warms and less of these ticks die off in the winter. As well, when the weather warms, the living range of these species will increase.
 
As for our felines, they are at risk too. Cat flea typhus is a rare disease for cats, as well as dogs, but it too is expected to become more common in cold climates as the weather warms and the ticks find a greater range to live in as a result.
 
It seems to be a common thread that those who should not be affected by our actions are. Animals are dying, plants are dying, fish are dying and the planet is warming but many of us don't seem to even notice. However, as our trusty pets begin to drop away due to infectious diseases becoming more common for them, we may then realize that global warming is not just about polar ice caps melting, but about a much more complicated system being disrupted. the problem is, it may be too late at that point.
 

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