ROBBINSVILLE, N.J., Oct. 23, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- NorthStar VETS veterinary emergency and specialty veterinary hospital in New Jersey is issuing a warning to people in the area with pets. Over the past several months, there has been a marked increase in the number of Leptospirosis cases treated at the hospital and at other veterinary hospitals in the NJ/NY/PA areas.
Dr. Steven Berkowitz, Emergency and Critical Care veterinarian for NorthStar VETS, said, "We want pet parents to be aware of Leptospirosis, and to consider vaccinating their at-risk pets to help prevent spread of the disease. Each individual patient should be assessed by their family veterinarian." Make sure you have all the facts for pet vaccinations
You and your pet are both at risk for Leptospirosis:
- Leptospirosis is a zoonotic disease, meaning that you can also contract this infection from your pet.
- If you have a pet that has Leptospirosis, please contact your health care provider and inform them. This is especially true if you are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or are immunosuppressed for any reason.
- It is most commonly spread through contact with infected urine and either your mucus membranes (lips, mouth, nose, eyes) or an open wound.
- Leptospira bacteria has been found in sitting water including old tires or toys left outside.
- This bacteria is endemic world-wide in wild mice and rats and they are usually the source of the infection.
- This is a curable disease, but necessitates long term antibiotics and other supportive care, and without this, it can be fatal to both you and your pets.
- There is a vaccine for Leptospirosis. Contact your family veterinarian to see if they recommend it for your pet.
Signs and symptoms of Leptospirosis:
- General malaise
- Excessive drinking and urinating
- Waxing/waning fever
- Vomiting or loss of appetite
- Icterus (yellowing of the gums, skin and whites of the eyes)
- Excessive bleeding or bruising
- Kidney and/or liver failure
About NorthStar VETS
Located in Robbinsville, NJ, NorthStar VETS is the region's leader in providing advanced veterinary services by board-certified, residency trained, or highly experienced veterinarians 24/7. As an American Animal Hospital-Accredited (AAHA) Referral Practice, NorthStar VETS continues to set the standard in medical excellence for dogs, cats, birds, exotics, and other family pets. www.northstarvets.com
Contact: Phillip Barnes, 1-609-223-1513, [email protected]
SOURCE NorthStar VETS