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ZOONOTIC DISEASES

“Our Commitment To Your Pet Lies In The Quality Of Our Care”

While pets provide many benefits to humans, including comfort and companionship, they can also pass diseases to us. These diseases are called zoonoses. Owning a pet can be a wonderful, rewarding experience for you and your family. Pets can help you feel psychologically and even physically better. For many people, pets are more than just animals, they are like members of the family. However, you should know the health risks of owning a pet or caring for animals. Pets can transmit diseases that may be harmful to you - especially young children and people with certain medical conditions Animals may carry infections that can be harmful to you. Your decision to own or care for pets should be based on knowing what you need to do to protect yourself from these infections.

Zoonotic diseases are illnesses that can be transmitted from animals to humans - like leptospirosis. It is important to take precautions to protect both your family and your pet from zoonotic diseases. While you share a lot of things with your pet, disease shouldn't be one of them

Children should be taught not to handle unfamiliar animals, wild or domestic, even if the animals appears to be friendly.

Some people are more likely than others to get diseases from cats and dogs. A person's age and health status may affect his or her immune system, increasing the chances of getting sick. People who are more likely to get diseases from cats include infants, children younger than 5 years old, organ transplant patients, people with HIV/AIDS, and people being treated for cancer.

If you are bitten or scratched seek medical attention immediately!!

To protect yourself from cat or dog related diseases,

  • Always wash your hands well with soap and water after playing with or caring for animals. This is especially important before eating or handling food.
  • Ask someone who is not infected with HIV and is not pregnant to change your cat’s litter box daily. If you must clean the box yourself, wear vinyl or household cleaning gloves and immediately wash your hands well with soap and water right after changing the litter
  • Avoid cat scratches and bites
  • Avoid exotic pets such as ferrets, or wild animals.
  • Avoid reptiles such as snakes, lizards, and turtles. If you touch any reptile, immediately wash your hands well with soap and water.
  • Be careful about what your pet eats and drinks. Feed your pet only pet food or cook all meat thoroughly before giving it to your pet. Don’t give your pet raw or undercooked meat. Don’t let your pets drink from toilet bowls or get into garbage. Don’t let your pets hunt or eat another animal’s stool (droppings).
  • Don’t bring home an unhealthy pet. If you are getting a pet from a pet store, animal breeder, or animal shelter, check the sanitary conditions of these sources. If you are not sure about the animal’s health, have it checked out by us.
  • Don’t ever touch the stool of any animal.
  • Don’t handle animals that have diarrhea. If the pet’s diarrhea lasts for more than 1or 2 days, bring your pet to us immediately. We will need to check your pet for infections that may be the cause of diarrhea.
  • Don’t kiss your pet.
  • Don’t let your pet lick your mouth or any open cuts or wounds you may have.
  • Don’t touch stray animals because you could get scratched or bitten. Stray animals can carry many infections.
  • Have your cat’s nails clipped so it can’t scratch you. Discuss other ways to prevent scratching with us. If you do get scratched or bitten, immediately wash the wounds well with soap and water.
  • Keep fleas off your pet, use a reputable product, we do stock a range of products and will find a product that will best suit your pet.
  • Thoroughly wash your hands thoroughly with soap and running water after touching cat feces.
  • Thoroughly wash your hands with running water and soap after contact with dogs, dog saliva, or dog feces (stool)
  • Wear vinyl or household cleaning gloves when you clean aquariums or animal cages and wash your hands well right after you finish.

Some Of The Diseases You Can Get From Cats And Dogs Are:-

  • Brucella canis Infection (brucellosis): A bacterial disease rarely associated with dogs.
  • Campylobacter Infection (campylobacteriosis): A bacterial disease associated with dogs, cats, and farm animals. Puppies may pass the bacterium Campylobacter in their feces. This can cause diarrhea in people
  • Cat Scratch Disease (Bartonella henselae) Also known as "cat scratch fever," this flea-borne infection is typically transmitted from a cat's scratch or bite. Signs include pimples at the scratch site and swollen lymph nodes that may persist for six weeks or longer
  • Coxiella burnetti Infection (Q fever)A bacterial disease occasionally associated with cats.
  • Cryptosporidium Infection (cryptosporidiosis): A parasitic disease associated with dogs, especially puppies, cats, and farm animals.
  • Dipylidium Infection (tapeworm): A parasitic disease associated with dogs, cats and fleas.
  • Giardia Infection (giardiasis): People and pets are infected when they drink water containing the parasite Giardia Iamblia . You can also become infected by putting something in your mouth that has come into contact with a pet's stool. Signs include diarrhea, stomach cramps and nausea
  • Hookworm Infection: A parasitic disease associated with dogs and cats and their environment.
  • Leptospira Infection (leptospirosis): Leptospirosis is a bacterial disease spread by contact with urine from an infected animal, including dogs cats, wild and other domestic animals. Lepto can cause high fever, severe headache, vomiting and, if left untreated, kidney damage or liver failure.
  • Lyme Disease: Spread by ticks, Lyme disease can cause arthritis and kidney damage in both people and dogs.
  • Plague (Yersinia pestis) Infection: A rare bacterial disease associated with rodents and cats and fleas.
  • Q Fever (Coxiella burnetii): A bacterial disease occasionally associated with dogs and cats.
  • Ringworm is a fungal infection -- not a worm -- transmitted by contact with the skin or fur of an infected dog or cat. Signs include a bald patch of scaly skin on the scalp, or a ring-shaped, itchy rash on the skin
  • Roundworm A parasitic disease associated with cats, dogs and their environment
  • Salmonella Infection (salmonellosis): A bacterial disease associated with various animals including dogs and cats.
  • Tapeworm (flea tapeworm)A parasitic disease associated with cats, dogs and fleas
  • Toxocara Infection (toxocariasis, roundworm): A parasitic disease associated with dogs and cats and their environment.
  • Toxoplasma Infection (toxoplasmosis) This is a parasitic disease spread by contact with cat feces in soil or litter, although the major route of transmission is contaminated meat. It can cause serious health problems in pregnant women or in people with compromised immune systems

 

To make sure your pet is protected against zoonoses and other disease threats we do recommend that you schedule an appointment with today, on 1300-838-738 (1300-VET-PET)

Vaccines are now available to protect against leptospirosis. Twice-a-year wellness exams performed by us can help detect and treat zoonotic infections before they become serious, or are transmitted to other pets or people in your household.

Don't forget to take these other steps to protect your pet:

  • Ask your veterinarian about flea and worm control
  • Brush and inspect your pet for ticks after each outing
  • Do not let your pet drink from standing water outdoors
  • Do not let your pet come into contact with feces or urine of other animals
  • Remove food, garbage or nesting materials that may attract wildlife

We sincerely recommend that you please call us on 1300-838-738 (1300-VET-PET) to schedule an appointment at the earliest. We do not believe in berating our clients for presenting the pets late, as we believe that this is counter productive. It is not our intention to cause you any embarrassment, offence or anxiety. Our approach is now that you have presented your pet to us, how do we go forward from here, not only keeping your pet’s welfare at heart, but also working with your wishes and limiting factors. We do approach all cases presented to us with a level of sensitivity. As pet health care professionals we will present our assessment and treatment in a professional manner and factually as possible.

You may not be aware that in older pets multiple problems often arise as aging affects all body systems. As pets age they become increasingly vulnerable to diseases. The three leading causes of non accidental death in pets are cancer, kidney disease and heart disease. Older animals seldom suffer from a single disease. One problem may markedly influence the course of another. Ageing is characterised by progressive and irreversible change. Pets are likely to start having diseases associated with ageing between 7 and 13 years. Smaller dogs tend to live longer than large dogs. The quality and length of life of older pets can be improved through regular health checks (every 6 months). A thorough clinical examination will help define some of these problems.

Because we do care for the welfare and interest of your pet, we do go out of way to ensure that your pet can access medical or surgical attention in time of its need. It would also interest you to know that:-

  1. We do pride ourselves in the quality of our services.
  2. We do provide a 24 hour on call service.
  3. We also offer payment plans through a third party, provided you meet the criteria as set out by the financing institute.
  4. If you cannot bring your pet to us, we will come to you as we do have a fully equipped pet ambulance.
  5. We also do house calls.
  6. Your pet will receive a very high level of care given the level of diagnostic and monitoring equipment that we have on hand.
  7. We do welcome you to take a personal tour of our facility.
  8. We also provide pet grooming services
  9. We also provide puppy classes. Puppies are trained not only indoors, but also outdoors, bring exposed to outdoor noises and traffic in a controlled environment. The puppy training classes are run by Ms Julie Pocknee.
  10. We do care for our wildlife, and work very closely with wildlife carers providing veterinary care where needed.
  11. We take an active part in community services and proudly support Service Dog Training, by way of providing veterinary services to working dogs of individuals with disabilities. Please see www.servicedogtraining.com.au

If you have not used our services before, we do suggest that you try our services and see the differences for yourself. From our analysis we find that over 30% of all new patients are referred to us by existing clients, and a further 25% of all new patients are brought in by existing clients. Our clients travel from as far as Camberwell, Clayton, Fitzroy, Ringwood, Chelsea, St Kilda, Port Melbourne, Pakenham, to name but a few. From the level of service we provide, you would come to understand that we are not your average Veterinary Services provider. We do recommend that you bookmark our web address www.petcarevet.com.au

Our staff are very friendly and courteous. We are very easily accessible. We are located at 234 Power Road, Endeavour Hills, at the intersection of Power Road and Heatherton Road, Endeavour Hills, just off the Monash Freeway. Please note that parking is at the rear.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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