This will be short because there are so many more important issues on this discussion board right now.
This is just a heads-up to know what tularemia is (a bacterial infection much like the plague and spread by fleas and ticks and infected meat). My sweet dog Ginger probably has tularemia. We will know for sure when the blood tests come back, but in the meantime they treat as if the animal has the disease. Rounds of antibiotics. But its BEST if you catch it soon. Knowing how the people on this network are tuned in to their animals, I'm sure you all know as soon as your dog (or other animal companion) is "off." Signs are: lethargy, disinterest in food, fever, vomiting and diarrhea. Ginger most definitely caught this bug because of her hunting obsession. Its nickname is rabbit fever. People can get it too, and it is contagious from dog to dog (under some circumstances).
Ben (our host) suspects that not many people are aware of the prevalence of tularemia, so asked that I give you all a heads-up. It is a disease that has to be reported to the Health Department for tracking.
Here are a few sites for more reference:
about tularemia in people from the CDC
a pdf from our NM Dept of Health
Be safe everyone.