Minnesota Veterinary Hospital Blog
No, you’re not imagining things. Temperatures in Minnesota really have been in the 70s this week. While the warm weather is a welcome relief after a winter that seemed to drag on forever, pet owners should be aware that this time of year also brings out a lot more ticks. Although ticks can survive in all types of temperatures, they are most active from March to October.
Leptospirosis is a zoonotic disease, which means that animals can acquire it and pass it to humans, and vice versa, though this is rare. Although humans, cats, and other animals can sometimes get leptospirosis, the illness that develops from the bacteria Genus leptospira is almost exclusive to dogs. Genus leptospira is the origin of the name leptospirosis. Standing bodies of water such as birdbaths, streams, and ponds are common places for the bacteria to grow and thrive.
Dogs and cats don’t understand the concept of money or a budget, but boy, do humans! We know you’ve probably scratched your head a few times after ordering your pet’s food or even cringed as you waited for your total after your pet’s annual vaccines or a dental cleaning.