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Thursday, August 23, 2007

re: “Don’t Hate Me For Obeying the Law.”

posted by on August 23 at 21:39 PM


Echinococcosis — or just one reason why dogs shouldn’t be in restaurants.

Dogs (as well as other carnivores) can carry the Echinococcus granulosus tapeworm. As the dog goes merrily about its life, the tapeworm dutifully releases eggs in the dog crap.

When humans eat the eggs, the larvae hatch, eat their way into the blood, and make homes all over the body — the liver, the lungs, the bone, the kidneys and the brain. Over time, the larvae divide, slowly producing massive hydatid cysts (pictured above), quivering to the brim with living tapeworm larvae.

Bon appétit!

(In other news: Medical school ruins everything.)

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so THAT'S what happened to Divine!

Posted by Catalina Vel-DuRay | August 23, 2007 9:58 PM

So it's okay to eat the dog, just not the crap? I think most people will be fine with that.

Posted by Jude Fawley | August 23, 2007 10:07 PM

Disclaimer - I like dogs, but have not owned one in years, since I became an apt. dweller.

So the conclusion to this vividly illustrated post -- is -- I should eat less dog shit?

And after picking up the poodle shit in Volunteer park, my duty as urban dog lover, wash my hands well?

Is the pix human offal? Always interesting to see what we become in death.

Posted by Gold | August 23, 2007 10:13 PM

#1 - very funny, good snorting chuckle moment

but honey, THAT is what we ALL become, not just the Divine Divine

and I hope that mess was fed to a shark/lion/croc somewhere and not wasted

Posted by Gold | August 23, 2007 10:18 PM

My first thought: Fuck you golob.
2nd: Ban dogs from restaraunts.
3rd: Aren't the ones there pets owned by people as opposed to random stray dogs? They would be immunized and vaccinated and stuff

Posted by arandomdude | August 23, 2007 10:19 PM

Dogs roll in shit. Dogs lick themselves. Ergo, dogs eat shit. Shit becomes dog becomes shit. The excreted becomes the everyday. Your whole life is dogshit.

P.S. I've had enough wine to talk like Charles Mudede.

Posted by Ziggity | August 23, 2007 10:24 PM

Oh, and "Medical school ruins everything" - yeah right.

Posted by Jude Fawley | August 23, 2007 10:28 PM

The dogs will only crap tapeworm eggs if they have tapeworms in the first place. Being a responsible dog owner, my dog is Advantaged monthly, eliminating the fleas that would give it to him, and receives check ups from his vet. Therefore, he doesn't have anything in his crap that different from what's in mine. Well, aside from whatever strange garbage he swallowed on his walk before I could pry it out of his mouth.

Posted by Gitai | August 23, 2007 10:29 PM

You missed the best part: Once people are slowed down by these cysts throughout their bodies, a pack of dogs takes down the weak ones and gobbles up their flesh. Completing the cycle of life.

Or at least, that's what happened to Marlin Perkins's friend, Jim.

Dogs eat dog shit eaters. Tapeworm lives in dogs digestive system for part of their life cycle, and in the flesh of their prey on the african savannah.

But do werewolves get the tapeworm, or the cysts?

Posted by Rain Monkey | August 23, 2007 10:30 PM

Growing up in a rural part of New Zealand, where sheep farming was pervasive and therefore so were lots of dogs, we knew ALL ABOUT hydatids. The 'educational videos' we watched were terrifying.

I never ate grass again.

Posted by boydmain | August 24, 2007 12:02 AM

You've misread the article, or simply missed a crucial bit. The dogs are the definitive host in the cycle, acquiring the infection by ingesting intermediate host organs: infected livers for the most part. So unless the dogs have the habit of taking down sheep and such, this is one parasite they won't get.
Were to you contract this it would almost certainly be from vegetation or water contaminated by a feral or wild carnivorous definitive (adult stage) host that had picked it up from an infected sheep, deer, etc.
Epidemiologically it's only significant in Alaska and remote areas of Canada with significant populations of both hosts involved in the cycles.

Posted by kinaidos | August 24, 2007 12:26 AM

The surgery to remove a hydatid cyst from a living human abdomen is extremely risky, as one slip of the scalpel might rupture the cyst and cause the parasite larvae within to spill out like angry ants into all the exposed guts... which kills the patient.

So yes, hydatid cysts are gross.

Posted by Donovan | August 24, 2007 4:17 AM

Agh, Jesus. I'm going to lay off raspberry jam for a while.

French Grammar Nazi alert: It's "bon appetit", by the way.

Posted by Gloria | August 24, 2007 4:24 AM

1. It is extremely rare for humans to contract any disease whatsoever from dogs. Even less so for dogs that are given Revolution or Advantage monthly.

2. It is extremely common for humans to contract all sorts of diseases from mere proximity to other humans. And worse ones than tapeworms.

3. If you're going to be a French grammar pétainiste, you had better get your goddamn accents right, "bon appétit."

People in France die from motor vehicle accidents, cardiovascular disease, neglect during heat waves, and lung cancer, not from taking their dogs into restaurants (which is the norm there).

Posted by owza | August 24, 2007 4:38 AM

I'm surprised that no one's complained about this being a NSFW image. I know I would have gotten some funny looks at my old office job if anyone caught me looking at that... Of course, that could be because this thread was posted late at night.

So whaddaya think, sloggers? NSFW or SFW?

Posted by Matt from Denver | August 24, 2007 5:54 AM

Listen, I won't lie and say that I love dogs but I just can't be near them and feel OK.

I got staph from my mom's roommate's puppy when I was 15. It almost killed me. Things are better now for people like me (I was born HIV+) but is it a deal breaker for you to leave your dog at home? Nothing surprises me anymore. I expect to be berated or blamed for my affliction or hear the latest about how there's nothing for me to worry about. Man, if I have to explain how I'm not contagious and how a dog in a diner can fucking ruin my life but good for a whole year then fuck it. You fur people can have this world. I really can't die quick enough. Suck it.

Posted by Just Trying To Live | August 24, 2007 5:57 AM

I said it before and I will say it again I still think not only Dogs but Children should be banned from ALL restaraunts, coffee shops and libraries. Also, most shopping establishments as well. I HATE kids and I HATE dogs.

Posted by Just Me | August 24, 2007 6:58 AM

babies and small children are smelly, whining disease bags. adults catch *way* more diseases from children than dogs. if the potential for disease is the reason dogs shouldn't be in restaurants, then small children shouldn't either.

dogs shouldn't be in restaurants because they shed. you're much more likely to get dog hair in your salad than you are any parasites or a staph infection from a dog being nearby. please, people. let's be rational.

Posted by brandon | August 24, 2007 7:34 AM

I was eating breakfast you son of a bitch! lol

Posted by JessB | August 24, 2007 7:48 AM

Ban humans from restaurants, and let every dog have its day.

Posted by RonK, Seattle | August 24, 2007 7:51 AM

No it's true. Being around dogs kills.

Ask yourself: have you ever known a dog owner? Are they still alive? Do you know any dog owners who lived more than a year after getting a dog? Do you know one single dog owner who lived long enough to collect social security? Yeah, I can't name a single one either. Have you ever met a dog owner who enjoyed a single day off good health, let alone felt well enough to go hiking or jogging?

What about their neighbors? I knew a guy who got a dog once, and everyone on the block was dead or dying before winter. It was a holocaust.

This is why no dogs are allowed near hospitals. If a dog were to enter a hospital and come near a sick person, they would catch so many diseases they'd be a goner. The whole wing would be laid low.

But, uh, if you take a copy of The Stranger and fold it into a special hat (tinfoil doesn't work!) the dog cooties will be reflected back on the dog. Warning: this kills the dog! Be prepared.

Wear your Stranger Dog Cootie Hat at all times.

Posted by elenchos | August 24, 2007 7:56 AM

@13,14 Corrected the French. Thank-you.

Posted by Jonathan Golob | August 24, 2007 7:59 AM

Sheesh… give it a rest already with the dog stuff. Lots of people don’t like dogs. Hell, every time I leave my house with my dog, the safest assumption to make about everyone we come within 10 feet of is that they hate my dog or are afraid of it. That’s the considerate thing to do.

BUT, lots of people (dog owners and not) actually like dogs. People on these past few dog comment threads have been acting like it’s so insane to like dogs. That all dog owners or people who love dogs are complete weirdos… In reality, some days I can barely get down my street when I take the dog outside because so many people stop and want to pet him or ask what kind of dog he is or whatever. We live in a society that, as a whole, likes dogs. I wish more dog owners would be more considerate (not everybody likes your dog, just as not everybody thinks your kid is adorable), but still. Get over it.

Posted by Julie | August 24, 2007 8:02 AM

@16 People care about your stupid fear of dogs about as much as you care about their stupid love of dogs. I love how you demand that you be accommodated while refusing to consider the same for others.

Its seems there are plenty of enough establishments in this city to have a few that allow dogs and a lot that don't. That way everybody can go were they want.

Posted by Giffy | August 24, 2007 8:12 AM

War on tapeworms - if we don't stop them there, we will have to stop them here. 911 = tapeworms, bars = dogs, dogs=tapeworms, 911 = dogs, stop them or all the lives will have been in vain. Oh I forgot dogs= bird flu.

Golob how many people have tapeworms, in Seattle or the US, that they got from dogs? How many cases of domestically acquired tapeworms in the US? Remember you are a scientist first and a minister of misinformation second.

Posted by whatever | August 24, 2007 9:15 AM

Kid AND dog-free restaurants? I can get behind that. But if it's one or the other, I'd rather have dogs running around than germ bag kids.

Posted by Matthew | August 24, 2007 10:12 AM


Isn't that really just a photo of some underdone blackberry cobbler?

Posted by COMTE | August 24, 2007 10:15 AM

awesome pictures like that one are the third-best thing about medical school. and, no, i am not being sarcastic.

Posted by happy scut monkey | August 24, 2007 11:09 AM

Dogs at restaurants, note to self;

1) Abstain from eating fresh dog shit while at restaurant.

2) Do not lick dogs asshole at restaurant.

Posted by grangadfly | August 24, 2007 11:49 AM

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