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Importance of Pet Vaccines

  If you’ve read or seen “Cujo” or “Old Yeller,” you may have thought about YOUR pet’s risk contracting rabies. While these titles are both works of fiction, the rabies virus is not. The good news is that you can protect your pet from this and other deadly conditions. AAHA-accredited Pell City Animal Hospital in Cropwell recommends that all dogs and cats be vaccinated on a regular basis to protect them from potentially-fatal disease and viruses, including rabies. In St. Clair County, there have been 21 diagnosed cases of wildlife with rabies this year as of October 1, which makes Continue Reading

Zoonotic Diseases

In 64 million American household’s pets are a source of joy and perhaps even the key to longer, healthier lives. However, pet-owning households with young children, pregnant women, and people with weakened immune systems need to be aware that their animals can play host to disease-causing microorganisms. Humans are not likely to catch a disease through their pets, but in very rare cases it can happen. Fortunately, most of these diseases rarely occur in healthy individuals, are mild and can be easily treated. Others, like toxoplasmosis, can be far more serious. Diseases transmitted from animals to humans are called zoonotic diseases. Continue Reading