National Public Health Week

This week is National Public Health Week. Veterinarians play an important role in public health, because there are many ways that pet health and public health are related. Here are two examples:
  • Rabies vaccinations for pets – rabies is a deadly zoonotic disease, which means it can be passed from animals to people. Preventing rabies in pets by keeping them up-to-date with vaccinations has been a key factor in reducing the incidence of rabies in humans here in the United States. Are your pets current on their rabies vaccines?
     
  • Intestinal parasite prevention for pets – many parasites that infect pets are zoonotic, meaning they can infect people as well. In fact, you don’t even have to ingest some of them to become infected! People can become infected with hookworms when they walk barefoot on contaminated soil, because hookworms can penetrate the skin. Be sure to have your dogs and cats tested for intestinal parasites annually. Yes, that’s why we ask you to bring in a stool sample to your veterinary appointments! In addition, be sure to clean up after your dog on walks.
Learn more about National Public Health week here: www.nphw.org
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