Hello to all our esteemed clients and pet lovers out there! We hope this message finds you and your furry companions in the best of health.
On July 6th, we recognize a day that’s very close to our hearts at the Animal Hospital of Lake Villa – World Zoonoses Day. Although it might sound like a complex term, we assure you it’s something that affects us all in some way. So, let’s delve a little deeper.

What is Zoonosis?

Zoonosis (plural: zoonoses) refers to diseases that can be transmitted from animals to humans. These diseases can be caused by viruses, bacteria, parasites, and fungi. You’ve likely heard of some of them, such as Rabies, Lyme Disease, and Salmonellosis.

Why do we commemorate World Zoonoses Day?

World Zoonoses Day is commemorated on July 6th every year to raise awareness about the risk of zoonotic diseases, and to promote action to make both humans and animals safe. The date was chosen to mark the day in 1885 when Louis Pasteur successfully administered the first vaccine against Rabies, a zoonotic disease.

How can we protect ourselves and our pets?

We all adore our pets, and the last thing we want is to contract or spread a disease. Here are some simple steps you can take:
  1. Vaccination: Ensuring your pet’s vaccinations are up to date is critical in preventing certain types of zoonoses.
  2. Hygiene: Regularly wash your hands, especially before and after handling your pets, their food, or their waste.
  3. Prevent Parasites: Regularly check your pets for ticks, fleas, and other parasites, and use preventative treatments.
  4. Safe Food Handling: Don’t feed your pets raw or undercooked meat, which can carry harmful bacteria like Salmonella.

How are we helping at the Animal Hospital of Lake Villa?

We have a key role to play in preventing zoonoses, and we take it very seriously. Our routine check-ups include screening for potential zoonotic diseases, and our recommended vaccination schedules are designed to protect your pets (and indirectly, you!) from these diseases. We’re also here to provide education about zoonoses, so if you have any questions, don’t hesitate to ask.

World Zoonoses Day serves as a reminder of the interconnectedness of our health with that of our pets. By staying informed and taking the necessary precautions, we can keep everyone – both two-legged and four-legged – safe and healthy. So, let’s take a moment to appreciate the progress we’ve made in understanding and combating these diseases, and reaffirm our commitment to a world where humans and animals can live together in health and harmony.

Until next time, stay safe and give your pets a little extra love from us!

Your caring team,
Animal Hospital of Lake Villa