Dr. Julie Damron

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Avoiding Zoonotic Disease

Avoiding Zoonotic Disease

They're our best friends, but our pets sometimes carry some nasty bugs that can make us sick too. Zoonotic diseases, or zoonoses, are infections or conditions that can be passed from animals to humans. While most pets pose minimal zoonotic risk to their owners, the risk is higher for those who have weakened immune systems, the elderly, or pregnant women.

The most common conditions carried by our pets are intestinal parasites such as Salmonellosis, Giardia, or Cryptosporidium; skin conditions like scabies; or worms, including Ringworm, Hookworm, and Roundworms. More serious conditions such as Rabies and Lyme disease can also be passed to humans in certain cases.

In most cases, simple hygiene and common sense will limit your risk of infection. Here are a few tips:

  • Wash your hands regularly, especially after handling or interacting with any animal
  • Wash pet bedding frequently
  • Keep your home and yard free of pet feces
  • Keep children from contacting pet feces
  • Give your pet a broad-spectrum dewormer on a regular basis, in addition to monthly treatment for fleas, ticks, and heartworm
  • Food and water dishes for your pets should be separate from your family's dishes and should be washed regularly

If these simple precautions are followed, Zoonoses generally aren't something you'll need to worry about. The benefits of owning a pet will far outweigh any risk of contracting one of these conditions! If you're concerned or have additional questions, please feel free to talk to Dr. Damron, Dr. Patterson, or Dr. Yao at the clinic.

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Saturday, 04 April 2020

With the recent shelter-in-place order issued for our community, we wanted to take a moment to let you know that we are open and here for you and your pet!

However with the safety of our clients, patients and employees in mind, our lobby will be closed until further notice. Veterinary services will remain available during our normal business hours with a few adjustments to how we receive you and your pet, including:

Appointments & Medication/Food Pickup

Upon arriving at the clinic, please remain in your vehicle and contact us via phone @ 209-477-4841 to let our team know you have arrived. A team member will then meet you at your vehicle to escort your pet inside for the appointment and/or deliver any products you need to pick up. Payments can be made over the phone, from your vehicle.

We ask that no one who is experiencing flu-like symptoms or who has been exposed to someone who has tested positive for the COVID-19 virus enter the facility at this time.

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To submit a medication or food refill request, please contact us via phone, email or online refill request form. We will contact you when your refill is ready and deliver it to your vehicle upon your arrival.


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