Ohio dog and cat lovers, take a close look at the difference in how Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, Kentucky, Pennsylvania, and Massachusetts protect our animals – and also human, public health and safety – in the way disease is reported and tracked in each state.
The Michigan State Veterinarian, Dr. James Averill, recently added both types of canine influenza to the 2015 Reportable Disease list. This means all Michigan veterinarians and diagnostic labs MUST notify the state department if they suspect or have a positive test of canine flu. Dr. Averill is concerned about the spread of the canine flu in Michigan, even though there are only three cases reported so far. Because “canine influenza poses a serious health risk to dogs, especially in animal shelter settings. (Dr. Averill is) particularly concerned about shelter dogs.”
Ohio, on the other hand, does not have canine flu on its Reportable Disease List. I am linking both Michigan’s, Ohio’s, and several other states’ Reportable Disease Lists for you. Ohio has just 37 reportable diseases. These relate primarily to livestock. One or two, according to the Ohio State Veterinarian’s office, relate also to companion animals. It is my opinion that the one or two diseases that relate to companion animals are on the list primarily because they are livestock diseases.
http://codes.ohio.gov/oac/901%3A1-21 (Read Ohio Animal Reportable Disease List)
http://www.michigan.gov/documents/mdard/2013_2014_MDARD_AID_Reportable_Animal_Diseases_426614_7.pdf (Read Michigan Animal Reportable Disease List)
http://www.in.gov/boah/files/2015_Reportable_Disease_list.pdf (Read Indiana Reportable Animal Disease List)
http://www.kyagr.com/laws/documents/KY_Reportable_AnimalDiseases.pdf (Read Kentucky Reportable Disease List)
http://www.agriculture.state.pa.us/portal/server.pt/gateway/PTARGS_0_2_24476_10297_0_43/AgWebsite/Files/Publications/reportable%20diseases04-10pdf.pdf (Read Pennsylvania Animal Reportable Disease List)
http://www.mass.gov/eea/agencies/agr/animal-health/reportable-disease/reportable-disease-listing-generic.html (Read Massachusetts Animal Reportable Disease List)
Ohio, work with us to see stronger protections in place for our cats and dogs. I strongly encourage you to join our FB groups today.