Keep Up on Important Medical Issues

Know the most common health issues affecting dogs and cats, including the parvovirus.

Without personally examining your pet in our clinic, we can’t give any definite diagnoses about their health. However, our clinic director Denise Dietsch, DVM, has put together a brief overview below that can help keep you informed of the broader concerns.

Parvovirus

• Powerfully resistant virus, affecting dogs and puppies through the intestinal tract
• Most commonly found in puppies six to twenty-four weeks old
• Spread through vomit and feces of infected dogs and puppies
• Symptoms range from vomiting and lethargy to no symptoms at all
• Dogs can die within forty-eight to seventy-two hours of first symptoms

Learn more about the parvovirus, including prevention and treatment.

Feline Upper Respiratory Diseases

• Airborne disease transmitted from cat to cat
• Unlikely, but not impossible, to infect other animals
• About as serious as a bad cold – can be viral or bacterial
• Best prevention: keep infected cats away from uninfected cats

Feline Leukemia Virus and Immunology Virus

• Different diseases with similar symptoms, transmitted from cat to cat
• Prevent cats from fighting off secondary diseases
• Can only be fought off in early stages
• Eventually fatal if progresses to later stages
• Best prevention: keep your cat indoors, away from infected cats

Heartworm Disease

• Caused by worms living in the heart and major arteries of dogs and cats
• Can cause permanent damage to a pet’s heart and lungs
• Transmitted from carrier mosquitos with a simple bite
• Best prevention: simple preventative medication

Comments? Questions? Other issues you would like to see discussed online?

Email Dr. Dietsch at docnews@apamo.org.

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