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Dentistry and Oral Health
Proper dental care is as important in our pets as it is in humans. Dental disease can not only cause pain, and oral disease, but also adversely affect the heart, lungs, liver, and kidneys. Despite its importance in pet health, dental care is one of the most overlooked areas in pet health. Studies performed by the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) reveal 2/3 of pets do not receive the oral care recommended by their veterinarians. What follows is a list of oral health guidelines in order of importance.
What’s all the fuss about Leptospirosis?
Leptospirosis, or lepto as it is commonly called, is an emerging infectious disease that poses a risk to both pets and humans. It is also zoonotic, meaning it can be transmitted from pets or other animals to people. We have seen an increasing number of cases involving leptosporosis in California and in fact lepto is the most widespread zoonotic disease worldwide (especially in developing countries). We recently treated a patient at our hospital and feel the need to spread the word that Leptospirosis is something we cannot ignore...
We get a lot of questions and concerns regarding cats and Toxoplasmosis, especially in owners who have become pregnant and may be worried about how this disease could affect the pregnancy. First and foremost we recommend talking with your obstetrician and following their perinatal guidelines. As veterinary professionals we do feel pregnant people and their cats can live together safely by following basic hygiene guidelines and taking preventative steps to keep you and your cat healthy and happy. Please talk to your personal MD in detail regarding any specific human health concerns...
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