Other Zoonotic Diseases
Zoonotic diseases are diseases that can be transmitted from animals to humans and vice versa. The most common zoonoses in pets are parasitic diseases and children seem to be most susceptible.
· Roundworms and hookworms are very common parasites of dogs and cats. Virtually all puppies and kittens are infected with roundworm. When transmitted to humans these parasites can cause serious skin, organ, and ocular disease. Roundworms can be transmitted to humans via the fecal-oral route. The eggs hatch in the intestine and the larvae can then migrate to the liver, lungs, brain, eyes, or other organs. Hookworms are transmitted via skin contact with the eggs and can cause skin lesions. It is recommended that all puppies and kittens receive a series of dewormer.
· Giardia is also a common intestinal parasite of dogs and cats. It is spread to humans via fecal-oral route and can cause severe, sometimes bloody diarrhea.
· It is highly recommended that all pets have a fecal sample submitted at least once per year for parasite testing.
Vaccinations are important for the health and well being of dogs and cats of all ages. At Tail Waggers 1990 we recognize that every pet is unique and every pet receives an individual vaccine recommendation. We currently offer vaccinations for the following diseases:
Feline Rhinotracheitis and Calicivirus can cause mild to severe upper respiratory disease, eye infections, and oral ulcerations in cats. Cases left untreated can lead to severe pneumonia. Kittens are especially susceptible. It is spread thru direct contact and aerosolized secretions.
Feline Panleukopenia/Distemper is a highly contagious, potentially fatal viral disease that attacks the gastrointestinal and immune systems. Symptoms include severe vomiting, diarrhea, and dehydration. This disease is often fatal unless treated early.
Kittens should receive a series of either 3 or 4 FVRCP vaccinations every 3-4 weeks starting at 6-8 weeks of age and ending at 16 weeks of age. Adults should receive an annual booster starting 1 year after completion of the kitten series.
Kittens older than 16 weeks and unvaccinated adult cats should receive a series of 2 FVRCP vaccines 3-4 weeks apart followed by annual boosters thereafter.