INCREASED LEPTOSPIROSIS RISK DUE TO FLOODING
While many of your family, friends, and neighbors are dealing with the devastating effects of flooding, it is even more important than ever to educate your clients now about the increased risk of leptospirosis. Particularly since wildlife and livestock (common carriers) are potentially shedding leptospiria into the rising waters. According to the National Weather Service, your area and nearly two-thirds of the lower 48 states will continue to face higher than normal risks of flooding for a variety of reasons, including the potential of higher than normal spring rains.
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The FDA and CDC are investigating human cases of salmonellosis related to several types of Salmonella with a suspected link to pig ear pet treats. The agencies are advising consumers not to buy or feed any pig ear pet treats, including any that may have already been purchased and in the home. Retailers have been advised to stop selling all pig ear treats. People are at risk of becoming sick after handling the treats or caring for dogs who ate the treats. Dogs also might get sick after eating them.
The CDC reports there have been a total of 127 people from 33 states, including Washington, infected with the outbreak strains of Salmonella. Since the last update on July 17, 2019, a total of 34 ill people have been added to the investigation with 26 of them hospitalized. No deaths have been reported. Among the ill, 24 are children younger than five years.
The old adage, "an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure" certainly holds true when it comes to pet health. The cost of prevention is often a fraction of the cost of treating a disease or problem once it has become more advanced, and early diagnosis and treatment of developing problems or diseases can increase the likelihood of successful outcomes.
Preventive healthcare involves a multi-faceted approach that includes veterinary evaluation of your pet's overall health and risks of disease or other health problems. Based on the findings, your veterinarian will provide you with recommendations for your pet's nutrition, dental care, vaccinations and heartworm/flea/tick prevention, as well as recommendations specifically tailored to your pet's health status and risk factors.
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