Zoonotic Diseases: Keeping your pets and family safe

Tuesday, 10 July 2018 08:01

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Zoonotic diseases are diseases that can be spread from animals to humans. Examples of these include intestinal parasites, Leptospirosis and rabies. Intestinal parasites are a danger to both you and your pet. Dogs and cats can contract intestinal parasites from a variety of different sources including coming in contact with contaminated soil, water or feces. Children are at particular risk for contracting intestinal parasites as they are more likely to come in contact with infected soil. Practicing good hygiene, and teaching children to wash their hands after handling pets and playing outside, can help prevent any spread of disease.

Most monthly heartworm preventatives also contain a broad spectrum dewormer. Keeping your dog and cat on monthly heartworm preventative is a good way to make sure they are also regularly dewormed against common intestinal parasites.

Leptospirosis is a bacteria that is spread through the urine of infected animals. It can cause a life-threatening illness in your pets and can be spread to humans. Both wild and domestic animals can spread the illness which can live in water for weeks. Leptospirosis is most commonly transmitted to your pet through drinking or swimming in contaminated water. The good news is that there are ways to keep your pets safe. There is a vaccine that is widely available to help protect dogs from contracting Leptospirosis. Talk to us about your dog's risk and what you can do to protect them! Contact us