Zoonotic diseases are diseases that can be transmitted from pets to people directly or indirectly through the environment. Our goal here at GAHC is to reduce or eliminate risk and educate pet owners so we all can enjoy our pets safely.
Flea, ticks, and mites can all be vectors for zoonotic disease. Not only do they cause issues for pets, but these pests can contribute to serious health issues in people. Rickettsial and bartonella diseases transmitted to people may affect blood, organ, joint and brain tissue. Intestinal parasites can lead to blindness or even death.
At GAHC, we recommend vaccinating against zoonotic diseases too. We all know about Rabies. Rabies is 100% preventable and 100% fatal. Another zoonotic disease is leptospirosis. Lepto is a bacterial infection that can cause kidney and/or liver failure in animals. It is transmitted through wildlife urine and people can get it from unvaccinated or infected pets. Bordetella bronchiseptica is also a bacterial infection of concern, especially for immune compromised households.
GAHC recommends prevention all year long against fleas, ticks, and intestinal parasites in order to reduce risk. An easy way to reduce risk is to use a flea and tick prevention and a heartworm prevention once monthly all year long. And remember, always wash hands after handling pets and their belongings and don’t forget to pick up feces from environment.
Germantown Animal Health Center 1904 Dayton Germantown Pike Germantown, OH 45327 (Use 1904 Dayton Pike for GPS devices.) For general information, questions, appointment requests, call us at: Phone: (937)895-4707 Fax: 937-895-4046 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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