Protect Your Pet Against Leptospirosis

“Being a pet owner can seem overwhelming at times.”


Being a pet owner can seem overwhelming at times. There are so many factors to keeping your furry friend happy and healthy that it can be difficult to know where to direct your attention. At Family Pet Veterinary Centers, we want to take the stress out of caring for your pet and help you stay informed about threats to their health.

One of the increasingly prevalent risks comes from a disease called Leptospirosis. Leptospirosis is a bacterial disease that is transmitted through animal fluids like urine. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, bacteria most often enter the animal’s body through its skin or mucous membranes like its eyes, nose, or mouth. Drinking contaminated water is also a common cause of infection. When it goes untreated, Leptospirosis can cause kidney damage, meningitis, liver failure, and even death. In some cases, the disease has also been spread to humans.

Leptospirosis is treatable with antibiotics, and if you know the signs to look for, early detection can help prevent more severe organ damage. Unfortunately the symptoms of Leptospirosis vary widely and are often nonspecific. Symptoms include—but are not limited to—fever, vomiting, diarrhea, refusal to eat, and stiffness. In many instances pets are not obviously ill until the disease is more advanced resulting in severe problems and a much worse prognosis. Patients that survive may also have continued long term kidney and liver problems. If you believe your pet may be infected with Leptospirosis, contact your vet immediately.

While some vets don’t require the vaccine for Leptospirosis, we believe in fully protecting your pets. We have diagnosed and treated multiple cases in the past year. As advocates for disease prevention, Family Pet Veterinary Center’s standard vaccinations include protection against Leptospirosis.

Patient Highlight – Meet Bruce!

Patient Highlight – Meet Bruce!

Last month, this adorable kitten was relinquished to a local rescue group following a traumatic injury to his left front leg. When Bruce was brought into our Norwalk office his leg had been mangled by a mower blade and infection had already set in. Unfortunately, Bruce’s leg was not salvageable as the leg had been crushed and Bruce no longer had any feeling in it. Following his examination, Dr. Maggie Wilson recommended forelimb amputation to the rescue group.

Fortunately for Bruce, the rescue group allowed Dr. Maggie to surgically remove his leg and treat his infection so he could return to his normal, active life. While amputation is never something we jump to recommending, it can be a great option for some patients (like Bruce) who have injuries that are not repairable by other means. Most pets do great following a limb amputation as they use their other three legs to balance out the difference. The majority of pets who have undergone limb amputation are back up to their full capacity within 2 weeks following surgery.

During his recovery period, Bruce has spent quite a bit of time at our Norwalk office with his foster mom Erin (who happens to also be one of our fabulous veterinary assistants). As you can see in the video below, Bruce is now healed and infection free, and he has returned to his active, playful self. If you are interested in adopting Bruce, or would like to contribute to the rescue that is paying for his medical costs, please visit the Panora Pets Facebook page.

Bruce Post-Amputation Video

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Fatty Acids for Our Pets

Our bodies require fatty acids to build new cells and maintain both brain and nerve function. Essential fatty acids (especially omega 3s) are those which are not produced by the body and have to be supplemented into the diet. Different species of animals like cats, dogs, and humans need different types and amounts of these essential fatty acids. Aside from their regular functions, fatty acids are used by the body in unique ways to achieve several beneficial effects. Continue reading “Fatty Acids for Our Pets”

Pet Dangers During the Holidays

By Kelly Jean Eaton

There are many dangers to be expected for the holiday season with pets around including everyday holiday objects, foods, and anxiety related to holiday guests. Being aware of the dangers your pets face can help you better protect your four legged friends. Here are some of the top dangers of the holiday season. Continue reading “Pet Dangers During the Holidays”

Gastrointestinal Issues in Pets

Both dogs and cats can go through some gastrointestinal issues. The hard part is finding what caused it. The first thing to ask yourself and your family is if anything has changed in the pet’s environment? Moving, going out of town, boarding, new cleaners, new carpet or furniture, or a change in food can all cause GI upset. You should also look around the house and outdoors to see if there is anything that may have been ingested that could be toxic, irritating to the intestines, or that could get lodged in their GI tract. Things to look for would be: medications, garbage, plants, bones and rawhides, toys (kids and pets), fabrics, and strings. Continue reading “Gastrointestinal Issues in Pets”

Benefits of Pet Insurance

Why should I get pet insurance?

For animals that experience sudden illness or injury, it may mean the difference between life and death. Anyone who’s ever owned an animal can testify to the rising costs of healthcare, especially in emergency situations! If your pet were diagnosed with an expensive medical condition, could you afford the unexpected expense? Continue reading “Benefits of Pet Insurance”

Benefits of Microchipping Your Furry Friend

By Autumn L., FPVC Technician 

Microchipping has become a routine part of pet care. Since microchipping began, it has allowed the safe return of thousands of pets that have become lost.  Not much larger than a grain of rice, each tiny chip contains unique information, ensuring that when a pet is found, it can be scanned, identified and reunited with its owner in less time.

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