4 Preventable Pet Diseases

By April 15, 2019 No Comments

Sometimes the healthiest of animals can still be afflicted with unfair illnesses. However, many diseases can be prevented if we take the proper precautions. April is National Heartworm Awareness Month, and we want to talk about this and other preventable diseases that you can prevent in your pet.

Heartworm Disease

Mosquitoes are more than a nuisance; a single bite from a mosquito carrying infective heartworm larvae can be potentially deadly for your dog. After the bite, the larvae make their way through the dog’s body until they reach the heart and blood vessels within the lungs. This process can take about 6 months. Once there, the larvae mature and can grow to be 12 inches or longer. Heartworm disease can be prevented by administering a regular, year-round heartworm preventive.

Lyme Disease

Caused by the bacteria Borrelia burgdorferi, which is transmitted by deer ticks, Lyme disease in dogs can be prevented by avoiding environments where ticks are prevalent, checking your dog’s skin and coat daily and removing ticks, using appropriate year-round flea and tick preventives, and vaccinating your dog against Lyme when appropriate.

Canine Influenza

Also called the dog flu, canine influenza is a highly contagious and potentially deadly viral infection that has affected dogs in most U.S. states. Some dogs suffering from canine influenza do not exhibit any symptoms but still spread the virus to other dogs. Those that do become ill may develop a persistent cough, nasal and/or eye discharge, fever, lethargy, and reduced appetite. Some dogs can develop more serious secondary bacterial infections that lead to pneumonia. There have been two strains of dog flu identified—H3N8 and H3N2—and both can be prevented with a vaccine.


Leptospirosis is a bacterial infection that occurs when a dog comes into contact with the leptosira bacteria, often in contaminated water. Infected dogs can experience fever, shivering, weakness, decreased appetite, sore muscles and reluctance to move, depression, increased thirst and urination, vomiting, diarrhea, yellow skin or whites of eyes, dehydration, and more. Prevent your dog from becoming infected with leptospirosis by not letting him drink from standing water or swim in bodies of water that could be contaminated. There is also a leptospirosis vaccine that might be a good option for your dog.

Call us if you have questions about vaccines or preventable diseases.

Mountain Parks Veterinary Hospital will be open our regular hours in order to care for your pets. The adventure camp will be available 7:00 AM to 6:30 PM Monday through Friday and 7:00 AM to 5:30 PM on Saturday and Sunday.

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We will be following CDC recommended protocols for curbside service. When you arrive at the hospital please remain in your vehicle and call our main phone number 303-674-3156. A hospital employee will come outside, take a brief history and bring your pet inside. The doctor and technician will communicate with you via text message, telephone or come outside while practicing recommended social distancing.