Leptospirosis and Your Pet: Know the Risks

When we think of contagious canine diseases, things like canine parvovirus and rabies usually come to mind. Of course, these deadly diseases strike fear in the heart of every owner and are included in the core vaccination series every dog should receive.

Leptospirosis, however, poses a lesser known but just as dangerous threat. Depending on your dog’s exposure to the outdoors, doggie daycare, or boarding kennels, the leptospirosis vaccine may be just as important as the core vaccines. Take a moment to learn more about leptospirosis and what may be needed to protect your pet.

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Treading Dangerous Water: Waterborne Diseases in Pets

Waterborne diseases in pets can threaten pet healthMost dogs enjoy a good romp in the nearest lake, stream, mud puddle or gutter-runoff. While this is a fun activity to entertain your furry friend, it is important to recognize that water can harbor some hazards for animals. There are several waterborne diseases in pets that your veterinarians at Advantage Veterinary Center want to be sure that you are aware of, so that you can tread water safely with your four-legged companion.

Water-loving Parasites

Several parasites that affect our pet patients are fond of calling waterlogged spaces home. Perhaps the most notable of these parasites is Giardia, a single-celled protozoal organism that thrives in stagnant water. Giardia is also a zoonotic disease, which means that your human & feline family can also pick this up from your pet – leading to stomach cramping and often severe diarrhea. Continue…