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We have a great life with our pets here in Portland, but our veterinarians want all of our neighbors and friends to understand that Oregon pets run a risk for particular diseases that are unique to this part of the country. In fact, it is possible for some of these diseases to spread from companion animals to people. Call Cedar Mill Veterinary Hospital if you have any questions about the following information, or have any concerns about your pet’s health: 503-644-3101
Flea-Borne Diseases—Our Portland veterinarian notes that because of Western Oregon’s mildish climate, flea season never entirely goes away. So it is never safe to skip the flea and tick preventatives. Fleas can live in your home, your yard and all over the outdoors we love so much. Flea bites typically result in allergic dermatitis, but fleas also frequently transmit the following diseases:
• Bartonella (cat-scratch disease)
• Rocky Mountain spotted fever (transmitted by both fleas and ticks)
• Tapeworm (frequently shared between pets and children).
• The Plague (sylvatic and murine)
Tick-Borne Diseases—Our veterinary hospital team urges the outdoorsy pets and their families to do thorough tick checks after every foray into nature. Although Lyme disease is more common on the East Coast and in Colorado, there are cases of it in Oregon each year, both in humans and animals. Other tick-borne animal diseases found in Oregon include Human granulocytic ehrlichiosis (HGE) and Babesiosis. If you find a tick on yourself or your pet, remove it carefully with tweezers and contact your veterinarian or doctor.
Rabies—This virus can still be transmitted to pets and people from wild animals infected with it. Here in Oregon, the most common vector is bats. In fact, rabies-infected bats have been found here in the Portland area. Always make sure your pets are up-to-date on all of their vaccinations.
Waterborne Dangers—There are also several diseases that occasionally invade our lakes, rivers and beaches, putting pets at risk. Cryptosporidosis and giardiasis are the most common of these and can result in severe gastrointestinal distress. If your pet develops a case of diarrhea after an outing, come see us at Cedar Mill Veterinary Hospital right away. Also be aware of neorickettsia. This is a disease pets can contract if they eat raw salmon or trout, so be extra careful bringing pets on fishing expeditions.
Botanical Dangers—The Western Oregon climate is prime breeding ground for all manner of mushrooms and fungi that are dangerous to pets, so be aware of their presence in your yard or on hikes. There are also hundreds of other deadly plants in the wild and in your yard, so be mindful not to let your pet eat any plants.
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