There are a variety of things that can afflict your beloved pet. Hence, it is important to keep an eye out for signs of illness and infection. Our downloadable information sheets can help you identify symptoms. If you spot any of these problems, then please contact Tillsonburg Veterinary Centre to book an appointment for treatment.
Lyme disease is a bacterial infection, caused by Borrelia burgdorferi, that can develop when an animal or person is bitten by an infected tick. It can cause a wide range of problems, but most exposed dogs never get sick.
Tapeworms are parasites that live in the small intestines of many different species of animals, including humans. Depending on the species, these tapeworms can vary greatly in length. For example, Echinococcus multilocularis is less than 1 cm long. Whereas an adult Taenia saginata may be up to 10 metres long!
Leptospira is the name of a genus (group) of long, thin, spiral-shaped bacteria that are sometimes also called leptospires. The disease caused by infection with Leptospira is called leptospirosis. It is also known as “mud fever” or “fall fever.” It is possibly the most widespread zoonotic disease in the world.
Rabies, on the whole, is a virtually 100% fatal viral infection of the brain and spinal cord. The virus itself is a bullet-shaped, RNA virus that essentially cannot survive in the environment. Rabies virus can infect any mammal, but only carnivores and bats maintain the infection naturally. Livestock, rodents, rabbits and other non-biting animals very rarely transmit the virus, even if infected.
Giardiosis is a disease caused by a single-celled parasite called Giardia intestinalis. Infection does not result in any illness in most cases, but when it does it causes diarrhea, bloating and cramps. The most common source of Giardia infection is water contaminated by sewage.
WEBSITES & LINKS
At Tillsonburg Veterinary Centre, we aim to help educate pet owners on dietary needs and medical needs for their pets. Take a look at some of the links provided. Please give us a call today if you have any further questions.
The Ontario Association of Veterinary Technicians is a professional association that specifically promotes, maintains and regulates professional standards of veterinary technicians and technologists.
Ontario’s rabies response and prevention is a joint effort between members of the public, Public Health, veterinarians, the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care, the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs, and the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry.
Take a look at photos of kids with their animals. You can also check out PBS Kids for a bunch of fun animal games for children! We encourage parents to share this link with their kids in order for them to learn, play, and have fun with the many educational games on this site.