Society for the Promotion of Education in Animal Kindness, Inc.
351 Flint Rd Binghamton, NY 13905
Canine Parvo Virus Alert:
This summer at SPEAK Animal Hospital we have seen a tremendous
increase in the number of dogs diagnosed with Canine Parvo Virus.
Parvo virus is an immune suppressant virus found in dogs and
puppies. The virus is found in the environment and is highly
contagious. Parvo strikes rapidly and causes severe diarrhea,
vomiting and lethargy and left untreated survival is highly
unlikely. Early diagnosis is critical in order to provide
immediate and life-saving treatments which can last three to
seven days. The virus is preventable with a simple vaccine
protocol which usually starts in puppies eight weeks of age.
After that, annual boosters maintain immunity. Please call
our hospital for more information or to schedule a visit at
Spaying and neutering:
Cats can literally breed like rabbits. Females can produce two
litters a year and kittens can become pregnant as early as 4 or
5 months old. Spaying a female cat helps to protect against
mammary cancer, unwelcome behavior when they are in heat and
uterine infections. Unneutered male cats fight one another
causing bite wounds. Intact males seek out females making it
a challenge to keep males inside They will spray urine to
mark their territory to show their availability to other cats.
The veterinarians here at SPEAK will spay/neuter a feline
as long as they are 2.5 pounds.
Fleas and ticks:
Fleas and ticks may pose a very real threat to the health and
comfort of your pet. In addition to extreme discomfort, fleas
and ticks can also cause serious health problems in pets and
Zoonotic diseases - The shared threat:
A zoonosis or zoonose is any infectious disease that can
be transmitted (in some instances, by a vector) from other
animals, both wild and domestic, to humans or from humans
to animals (the latter is sometimes called reverse zoonosis).
Zoonotic diseases of concern to pet owners.
- Cat scratch disease .. Also known as "cat scratch fever,"
this flea-borne infection is typically transmitted from a
cat's scratch or bite. Signs include pimples at the scratch
site and swollen lymph nodes that may persist for six weeks
- Ehrlichiosis - Transmitted by ticks, this bacterial disease
can cause fever, muscle aches, vomiting and other, more
serious symptoms. As many as half of all patients require
- Giardia - People and pets are infected when they drink water
containing the parasite Giardia Iamblia. You can also become
infected by putting something in your mouth that has come into
contact with a pet's stool. Signs include diarrhea, stomach
cramps and nausea.
- Leptospirosis - "Lepto" is a bacterial disease spread by contact
with urine from an infected animal, including dogs, raccoons,
squirrels and skunks. Lepto can cause high fever, severe
headache,vomiting and, if left untreated, kidney damage or
- Lyme disease .. Spread by ticks, Lyme disease can cause
arthritis and kidney damage in both people and dogs.
The number of human Lyme disease cases has nearly tripled
since 1990, and the disease is now found in every state.
- Rabies - This well-known disease is caused by a virus found
in the saliva of infected animals and transmitted to pets
and people by bites. It is invariably fatal if not promptly
- Ringworm .. Ringworm is a fungal infection -- not a worm --
transmitted by contact with the skin or fur of an infected
dog or cat. Signs include a bald patch of scaly skin on the
scalp, or a ring-shaped, itchy rash on the skin.
Rocky Mountain spotted fever .. A very serious, tick-borne
disease that causes fever, headache, muscle pain, followed
by a rash. May be fatal if left untreated.
- Toxoplasmosis .. This is a parasitic disease spread by contact
with cat feces in soil or litter, although the major route of
transmission is contaminated meat. It can cause serious health
problems in pregnant women or in people with compromised
Simple ways to protect your family:
Wash your hands with soap and water after touching,
playing with or caring for pets.
- Never touch the stool of any animal without wearing
- Do not kiss your pet or let your pet lick your face.
- Do daily "tick checks" on yourself, your kids and your pet.
If you find a tick, use tweezers to slowly pull it out.
Immerse the tick in rubbing alcohol, apply antiseptic to
the bitten area and wash your hands.
- If you are pregnant, ask someone else in the family to clean
the cat's litter box. If you must do it yourself, wear gloves
and immediately wash your hands after changing the litter.
- Wash your hands after gardening or working in soil where pets
may have relieved themselves.
- If you are scratched or bitten, wash the area with soap and
water right away and contact your physician.
- See your veterinarian and make sure your pet is protected
against zoonoses and other disease threats in your area.