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Thursday, May 23, 2013

Watch Out Dogs And Humans: Squirrels and Chipmunks Can Carry The Plague!

    Photo of deadly varmint courtesy of Annie Wells/Los Angeles
Plague warning
I've been right all along-these glorified rats are a health risk, and we dogs must take the lead to save the planet! According to an article in today's Los Angeles Times, both chipmunks and squirrels can carry infected fleas and plague, and both people and pets can contract this disease from close contact with these creatures. Hello? The Plague, The Black Death! Aaaach! Although this warning appears to extend only throughout California, we here in Ohio are keeping a close watch on these swishy-tailed killers. I personally keep my backyard free of squirrels (although sometimes it takes me hours each day), and I'm also vigilant during my walks, but can't chase them directly up a tree since I'm constrained by a leash and by Parental Unit on the other end of said leash. 

 We canines must unite against this threat- and quickly! How are you ridding your domain of these potential killers?


Unknown said...

No chipmunks here but there are LOTS of squirrels - this is the first I hear of this - will have to see about Texas - thanks!

Golden Daily Scoop said...

I'm still waiting for chippy to come out of hiding. Squirrels on the other hand keep me very busy during the day. Thanks for the heads up, hopefully we won't have to worry about that in the northeast.

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