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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1 Always ensure pets have access to water.
2 Keep pets away from fertilizers, insecticides, and even some brands of mulch (in large amounts), as they can be toxic.
3 Ensure pets have plenty of shade. And watch the weather. If a heat advisory is announced, it's best to keep pets indoors until temperatures cool off.
4 Watch for warning signs of heatstroke: excessive panting and drooling, bright red gums, balance problems, lethargy, and labored breathing. If a pet is struggling or obviously is suffering from heatstroke, cool it in a pool or pond and call the veterinarian immediately.
5 Never, ever leave pets in an enclosed vehicle, because cars can heat up to over 100 degrees in mere minutes. If you see an animal left alone in a vehicle, don't hesitate to call animal control for assistance.
6 Be sure pets are wearing updated identification tags or a microchip should they get loose.
7 Schedule outside activities in the mornings and evenings when it's still cool, and watch out for hot pavement, which can burn pets' paws.
8 Keep an eye on pets while swimming—not all dogs are good swimmers
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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