Pet Disease Precautions

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Love to spend time outdoors
with your pets?  We remind outdoor enthusiasts
to take disease precautions before heading out doors.  These are a few common pet diseases campers,
hikers, and backpackers should be on the lookout for.
Outdoor Diseases:
Anaplasmosis – This disease is
spread by tick bites.  Symptoms in humans
include headaches, fever, chills and muscle aches.  However, for dogs, they may show signs of
lameness, joint pain, vomiting, diarrhea, coughing or labored breathing.
Babesiosis – This malaria-like
disease is caused by a parasite transmitted by ticks.  It is difficult to diagnose in dogs because they
may appear normal.  However, some dogs
show signs of the sease including fever, lethargy, loss of appetite, and
Cryptosporidiosis – This illness is
caused by a one-celled parasite found in the stool of wild animals.  Infection tends to occur after your pet comes
into contact with contaminated drinking or swimming water or uncooked food.
Lyme Disease – This illness is
caused by a bacterium found in deer ticks. 
Dogs infected with Lyme disease may not show signs for 2-5 months.  Symptoms include fever, loss of appetite, and

To learn more about diseases and
precautions outdoor enthusiasts should take on the American Veterinary Medical
Association website.  You can also contact Bregman Vet Group with any questions you have
regarding your pet’s health.  Visit our
office if you suspect that your pet is exhibiting any signs of illness!

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