Healthy Pets = Healthy Families

Zoonotic diseases, are contagious diseases that can be transmitted between animals and humans.  They can be caused by bacteria, viruses, parasites, and fungi.  One example includes roundworms:  humans can accidently ingest worm eggs passed through their pets’ feces and left in the environment.  People working in their garden soil or children playing in a sandbox can infect themselves with the roundworm egg.  The eggs can then hatch in the human intestinal tract, and the immature worms can travel to various tissues in the body including eyes and lungs.

Vector-borne diseases are transmitted by fleas or ticks, as well as other ectoparasites that infect dogs and cats.  Ehrlichiosis, Lyme Disease and Rocky Moutain spotted fever are serious tick-bourne diseases that affect both pets and people.  Protecting the family pets from fleas and ticks can significantly reduce the risk for human exposure to to these parasites.

Prevention year-around is the best way to protect both the human and  furry family members from zoonotic and vector-borne parasite infections.  The doctors and staff at Cottage Lake Veterinary Hospital treat all of their own dogs and cats year-around with Revolution or Trifexis and encourage all of their client’s to treat their pets with these effective and safe products too.   Please contact and speak to any staff member at Cottage Lake Vet about any questions you may have on parasite prevention.

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