TIM CHITWOOD: Don't get whatever the dog's got

November 3, 2013 

A time to refrain from embracing, it's Monday Mail.

Countdown

Today is Nov. 4. Do you know where you'll be a year from now?

You'll be waiting to see who wins the 2014 general election, which will be Nov. 4. Too bad a year is not enough time to get prepared psychologically for the hailstorm of cow manure that's coming.

Psycho

Speaking of adjusting psychologically to the realities of politics, here's an email from Orly Taitz, famed for challenging Barack Obama's citizenship:

Is someone manipulating a person with paranoind pschisophrenia in order to undermind antiObama movement? Read at www.orlytaitzesq.com.

Dear Orly:

Yeah, probably the NSA. Too bad no one's crazy enough to sue those busybodies for making everyone paranoid.

V-day

Don't forget to clear out all the trash and recycling you can this week, if you live in Columbus, because Veterans Day is a week away, so next week the city garbage pickup's off a day.

And don't forget to throw out any tainted dog treats, as the agriculture department just sent out this warning:

Agriculture Commissioner Gary W. Black is alerting Georgia's consumers to the recall of particular packages of Bailey's Choice dog treats. These products have the potential to be contaminated with salmonella and should be discarded.

Bailey's Choice Dog Treats, LLC, of Waleska, Ga., is recalling packages of chicken treats in various sizes marked with lot number #132881 and expiration date Feb. 2014, along with five-ounce bags of chicken jerky with a lot number of "Jun 5 2013."

Georgia Department of Agriculture inspectors are in the process of checking retail stores and warehouses to make sure the recalled products have been removed from sale. …

Dogs that have become infected by consuming treats contaminated with salmonella may experience fever, lethargy, diarrhea or mucus in stool, vomiting, dehydration, weight loss or rapid heart rate. Pets experiencing these symptoms should be taken to a veterinarian immediately. This bacterial disease is zoonotic, meaning it can be transmitted to humans. Healthy persons infected with salmonella often experience fever, diarrhea that may be bloody, nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain. …

Dear Ag Department:

If they're infected with salmonella, how can they be "healthy persons"?

So, how do you catch salmonella from a dog? Can you get it just by petting the dog, or does it require more intimate contact, like the dog has to lick your face or pant into your open mouth while you're asleep on the sofa?

Tim Chitwood, tchitwood@ledger-enquirer.com, 706-571-8508.

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