The record rainfalls we have had recently and now with all the standing water, our furry friends are at risk for leptospirosis. Leptospirosis is a bacterium that collects in standing waters that is contaminated through the exposure of wildlife urine. The symptoms of leptospirosis are flu-like with vomiting, diarrhea and an increase in drinking due to the affects it has on the kidneys. This is a bacterium that can be passed to humans also.
If your pet becomes ill with Leptospirosis and caught early, it is treatable, but it can be deadly if left untreated. If you think that your pet has contracted the bacteria, call your veterinarian immediately.
We can conduct a test that will take 10 minutes to get the results and be able to treat immediately if they test positive.
If you haven’t already vaccinated your pet, you should schedule an appointment to discuss protecting your pet.
Heartworm prevention is an important concern that every pet owner should take seriously. Heartworm prevention is essential to your feline and canine's health. In rare cases it has been diagnosed in humans.
Heartworm is a parasitic worm, Dirofilaria immitis, spread by the bite of infected mosquitoes. It can inhabit the arteries of a dog’s lungs and the heart, causing potentially fatal disease, including congestive heart failure. Preventive drugs kill heartworm larvae.
Heartworm disease has been reported at an increasing rate in all 50 states. With the warmer winter seasons and increased rain, we have having it is recommended to treat year-round to help prevent your pet from contracting this potentially deadly disease.
Heartworm prevention does come in a variety of forms: chewable, topical and injectable. Heartworm medications are a controlled substance and need a veterinarian to prescribe it after your annual heartworm testing is completed.
If your pet has been diagnosed with heartworm you veterinarian will help with a treatment plan for a successful outcome.
Heartworm life cycle.
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1040 FOND DU LAC AVENUE
KEWASKUM, WI 53040-9583
Phone: (262) 626-2380
For after hour emergencies, Monday thru Friday, please call our office at 262-626-2380. On Friday (after hours) through Sunday, please call Lakeshore Veterinary Specialists, which is located in Port Washington at 262-268-7800.