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Zoonotic Diseases in Cats

By: Dr. Douglas Brum

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Optimal treatment for your pet requires a combination of home and professional veterinary care. Follow-up can be critical, especially if your pet does not improve rapidly. Administer all medications as directed. Alert your veterinarian if you are experiencing problems treating your pet.

It is very important to have the proper information about the specific disease in order to prevent the potential spread of the disease to people. If a zoonotic disease is suspected, appropriate steps need to be taken to ensure that family members are adequately informed and protected from potential infection. This might involve isolating your pet, or taking greater care in cleaning your pet's excrement. Conversely, many diseases have zoonotic potential, but are not directly contagious to people (e.g. tick borne diseases), and thus, do not require such precautions.

Follow-up blood tests may be required to ensure your pet is adequately responding to therapy.

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