Vector-Borne Diseases

Vector-Borne Diseases

Other animals and insects in our environment carry some of the most serious diseases our pets can face. Besides causing severe skin reactions, fleas carry tapeworms to our cats and dogs. Ticks inject organisms causing Lyme disease and anaplasmosis. Raccoons, rodents, opossums and squirrels deposit bacteria in their urine, which can cause leptospirosis. Mosquitoes carry heartworm disease to our pets. Mice carry toxoplasmosis.

All of these potential assaults seem ominous but can largely be prevented with your diligence. Be sure to use a safe and effective flea and tick product consistently from April through December. Vaccinate your dog for Lyme disease and do complete tick-checks after outdoor activities. Keep your dog and cat on monthly heartworm preventive medicine. If squirrels, possums, or raccoons frequent your yard vaccinate your dog for leptospirosis.

Being sensitive to changes in your pet is very important. If you notice your pet is acting sluggish,  not eating well, or ‘just not herself’ have her examined promptly. Time is of the essence when treating these diseases before they cause serious damage to vital systems like the liver, kidneys, heart, lungs or skin.

CAH is here to offer you expert preventive advice as well as complete therapy if needed. Give us a call.



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