I attended the annual LA County Infectious Disease Update meeting last night. Here are the bullet points:
- Rabies Update: Bat rabies is on the rise. All dogs and cats in LA County must be vaccinated against rabies. Disoriented rabid bats will fly into our homes, so even indoor cats should be protected from rabies.
- Leptospirosis Update: The bacterial disease Leptospirosis is on the rise in LA County and the South Bay. Rats and raccoons are believed to be the main culprits. Moist soil and standing water and puddles can retain the bacteria in active form for extended periods of time. The leptospirosis vaccine is considered to be a "core" vaccine in California which includes the South Bay. We have been very successfully administering the Lepto vaccine here at Family Pet Clinic for the past few years and we are very proud of that fact.
- Canine Influenza Update: The H3N2 strain of canine influenza is still active and popping up with little epidemics all over the state of California. Social dogs and frequent travelers should be kept current with the H3N2 Canine Influenza Vaccine. Family Pet Clinic has a very high quality vaccine here and we are happy to advise you regarding your dogs potential for exposure.
- Canine Heartworm Disease Update: Heartworm cases are definitely on the rise in LA County and right here at home in the South Bay. We now have THREE drought resistant mosquitoes in LA County that are very adept at transmitting heartworm larvae from an infected dog to a healthy dog. We also now have a very high influx of rescue dogs from China and Korea that are heartworm positive-- this means that lots of local dogs with heartworms are here, and so is the mosquito. This is the "perfect storm", which means that all dogs need to be tested for heartworms and placed on preventative. Cats are much less likely to be affected but even indoor cats can get heartworms. Please allow us to help you protect your pets! For dogs, a Proheart12 injection will protect them for a full year from heartworms, and for cats, a monthly topical dose of Revolution Plus is recommended.
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