What are Zoonoses?

Did you know that July 6th is World Zoonoses Day? This day is dedicated to keeping you, your family, and your fur family safe from preventable illness.

What are zoonoses? Contrary to how this word sounds (zoo-noses), zoonoses are not the adorable snouts, snoots, and sniffers you’ll find at the zoo. Zoonoses are infectious diseases that can be spread between animals and humans. 75% of diseases discovered in human originate from animals. Frightening, right?

In honor of Zoonoses Day, we want to shine a light on some of the most common diseases spread from pets to humans and how to prevent them to help you stay healthy and your pets thriving!

The Most Common Zoonotic Diseases in Pets

1. Rabies

Any mammal can contract rabies. From skunks to cats to dogs and bats, rabies is fatal for pets. Not only is rabies fatal to pets but humans can contract this terrifying viral disease. The CDC estimates that 60 to 70 dogs and 250 cats annually contract rabies.

Prevention: Make sure your pet’s rabies vaccine is current.

2. Leptospirosis

This bacterial disease causes severe kidney and liver disease. It spreads through urine and contaminated water. Leptospirosis is especially scary because your dog can contract it simply by sniffing an infected area outdoors.

Prevention: Learn more here and call us to get your dog vaccinated against Leptospirosis.

3. Lyme’s Disease and Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever

Ticks carry these painful diseases and unfortunately, your dog or cat can easily carry an infected tick into your home. Both you, your dog, and your cat can catch these.

Prevention: Don’t become victim to Lyme’s disease or Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever. Make sure your pets are protected with medicine that kills ticks quickly to prevent one of these dangerous infections.

4. Roundworms and Tapeworms

These parasites are dangerous and disgusting. Unfortunately, they are also becoming more and more prevalent in our Grantsburg area. Roundworms and tapeworms can cause liver and kidney damage.

Prevention: If you have children or the potential of intestinal parasites makes your skin crawl, be sure to make an appointment. We can better inform you of the signs or symptoms of tapeworm or roundworms and prescribe medicine to deworm your dog.

Other Precautions You Can Take to Reduce Your Risk of Contracting or Spreading Zoonoses

When it comes to healthy hygiene habits, you probably already practice most of these. They can be a good reminder and a great lesson for kids:

  • Bring your dog in or make an appointment to visit us if your dog or cat shows any signs of illness.
  • Don't skip your pet’s annual exams and make sure their vaccinations are up to date.
  • Bathe and groom your dog regularly.
  • Flea, tick, and heartworm prevention are a must.
  • Wash your hands after petting your dog or cat, or anyone else's pet.
  • Wear gardening gloves when working in the yard.
  • Pickup and dispose of your pet's waste in your yard and on walks
  • Wash pet bedding regularly.

Our pets would never intend to get us sick, so do your part to keep your whole family healthy by vaccinating your pets against some of the most common zoonotic diseases. Schedule your pet's appointment today!

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