Protecting your pets from harmful bacteria in the wake of Hurricane Irma

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In the wake of Hurricane Irma; one of the largest natural disasters to hit our country in years, there is a new threat we need to consider.

Everyone in the state of Florida was affected by this hurricane and with flooding all over the state of Florida, you can be assured that our water systems have been compromised.

Overwhelmed sewer systems bring people and their pets into contact with disease-spreading bacteria.

A man in Texas was infected with a flesh-eating bacteria while helping his neighbors in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey just a few weeks ago.

My Dog Drinks from Puddles

I’m not sure about your dog, but mine will drink from puddles, pools and whatever else for a cooling drink of water when left unattended.

This is especially dangerous activity after a flooding event or hurricane. These events flood our streets and waterways with harmful Leptospirosis bacteria from which you need to protect your pets.

What Is Leptospirosis?

Dogs can be affected by the Leptospira bacteria from water or soil that has been contaminated with urine from wild animals and rodents.

Dogs affected by Leptospira may exhibit symptoms within a week after exposure and include fever, vomiting, diarrhea, blood in the urine, lack of appetite and lethargy. Affected animals may also spread the bacteria to humans as well.

Leptospirosis is generally treated with antibiotics. When treated early and aggressively, the chances for a full recovery are good; however, there is always a risk of long term kidney or liver damage.

Enter the “Lepto” Vaccine

The “Lepto” vaccine significantly reduces the chance of infection from Leptospirosis for up to 12 months. Annual vaccination is recommended for at-risk dogs.

Reducing your pet’s exposure to areas that hold water and other possible sources of the Leptospira bacteria can reduce the chance of infection.

Discount for Parasite Prevention

Mention this Coupon or print this page and present it at any Pets First Animal Hospital to receive a full examination by one of our veterinarians, Lepto vaccine, heartworm prevention, and fecal testing.

 

About Dr. Laura Laxton

Dr. Laura Laxton earned her doctorate from the University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine in 2015. She has had a passion for helping dogs and cats since she was a little girl. As a small animal veterinarian, she has a focused interest in animal behavior, dermatology, and communication. She is Fear Free℠ certified and cares about your pet’s emotional well-being. She enjoys spending her free time hiking and watching movies with her husband, Matthew, and four dogs, Lindy, Cara, Maggie, and Wilfred. She currently resides in Bonita Springs, Florida.

2017-09-14T22:44:20+00:00 September 14th, 2017|Categories: Wellness Article|
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