Text Box: could test positive for the virus and possibly become asymptomatic carriers, though at this time there have been no known cases of human exposure through dogs who were positive.
     At this time, the risk of dogs transmitting the virus directly seems low.  However, it is possible that there is some risk that they can act as fomites.  A fomite is an object on which an organism can be transferred.  It could be shoes, clothing, eating utensils, etc.  Theoretically a  dog could act as a fomite to facilitate viral transfer (i.e., saliva on the dog’s head if you kissed it Text Box:      With Ebola virus in the news constantly in recent days, you may have seen the stories about the nurses, one in Spain and one in Texas, who tested positive for Ebola after caring for patients.  In the case of the Spanish nurse, her dog was euthanized due to fears of transfer of the virus to humans.  The Texas nurse’s dog has been placed in quarantine.
     So are these fears of Ebola in dogs founded?  To date, no cases of disease due to Ebola virus have been documented in dogs.  However, there have been a few studies which showed that dogs exposed to Ebola

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   One good rule of thumb is that if the breeder accepts credit cards, RUN.  I have yet to see a puppy paid for with a credit card that was healthy, of good temperament, and a good representative of its breed.  Breeders who take 
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     Please beware when looking for puppies!  Don’t fall for slick websites and brags about how much various celebrities have paid for their puppies!  We all know how often those very celebrities exercise good judgement– learn from their Text Box: ably a week or more	before.  Selling puppies at 5-6 wks places stress on them at a time when they are least protected by vaccines and most vulnerable to puppy viruses;  in addition, many puppies coming from these situations have heavy parasite loads which further predispose them to illness.
     If the contract for a puppy lists a number of physical defects that it does not cover because they are “normal” for the breed, run!  “Common” does not mean normal!  Frequently seen on the “not guaranteed” list are liver shunts, parasites, luxating patellas, hypoglycemia, open fontanelles, and often guarantees are voided if the breeder’s vaccine recommendations are not followed.  The reason these are not covered is that most of these puppies suffer from several of them.  Again, Text Box: Buying that new puppy cont.
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ferred to the hand of the person who next petted the dog, etc).  Because the virus appears able to persist for several days in the environment, fomite transmission can be a problem, whether it be your dog , your toothbrush, or a used tissue. 

     Ultimately very few of us need to be worried about Ebola and our dogs right now, but we will keep you informed as knowledge progresses.

     For more info, see the AVMA’s Ebola info page.