Thursday, September 28, 2006

Human Mad Cow Disease from Shrimp (Part IV)

Right now, some of you critical thinkers are no doubt wondering: If people can really get Mad Cow (vCJD) disease from consuming shrimp fed dog food , why don't dogs get it from their own food?

I was saving the unfortunate answer for this final installment. Of relevance, the Mayo Clinic has this to say about that Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease and dogs (emphasis mine):

What if my dog or cat eats pet food made with mad-cow-infected beef?

Several species can get diseases related to BSE and vCJD, including goats,sheep, mink, deer, elk and cats. Dogs don't appear to get this type of disease. Still, because cats and dogs often eat food that contains ground-up scraps of animals,including cows, your anxiety over your pet's health is reasonable.


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