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
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.
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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Did you realize June is Adopt-a-Shelter-Cat Month? Our team at Grantsburg Animal Hospital is excited to give you some background information on this awareness event and give you some reasons to consider changing your life with the adoption of a feline companion!
The Spirit and Motivation of the Month
Adopt a Shelter Month is promoted by the ASPCA to help our vulnerable and beloved cat friends. Why do shelter cats need awareness targeted on them? Over 3 million surrendered or abandoned cats make their way into shelters each year, with June being one of the busiest times of the year.
Why Should You Consider Adopting a Cat?
1. If you already have a cat, it's an opportunity for a new companion!
Solitary cats can become lonely. Cats with buddies have a build in companion to play with. Not only does this help both of them stay more physically fit, but it also helps with their mental enrichment, as well!
2. Purrs, snuggles and a companion for YOU!
Cats can be amazing emotional support to humans. Studies even show that they can reduce your risk of stroke or heart attack!
3. You will save a life.
There’s no mystery behind this one. Especially choosing to adopt an older or black cat, cat adoption provides a cat a home when he or she may otherwise be euthanized. Shelter resources are limited, and often the cats that are not adopted early fall into those two categories.
4. Cats are a great companion in small spaces.
Are you a townhome, apartment or condo dweller? Or do you have limited backyard space that may not be conducive to dog ownership? When provided opportunities for enrichment, a smaller space isn't a limiting factor for a cat's happiness. As long as they have opportunity to hunt and play, you'll find them quite content.
If We’ve Piqued Your Interest, Here Are Some Some Final Thoughts on a Cat Adoption!
There are many shelters full of cats searching for a family. Take your time, and ask the shelter workers about the cat's temperament to help assess if this is a good fit for you. Once you have your new companion home, give them plenty of space to take in the new setting. Adjustment takes time, so also give your new cat time to acclimate.
Ensure you’re financially able to bring a cat into your life. There will be expenses such as food, vaccinations, and veterinary care. However, you can rest assured that our Grantsburg Animal Hospital staff will be here to help provide veterinary advice and the very best in veterinary care for your new companion!
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