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How to Keep You Pet Healthy During Summer Travels

By Species, By Topic, Care & Wellness, Cats, Dogs, Exotic, Infectious Diseases

Taking your pets on vacation can be a ton of fun, but it also possible that your beloved pet could be exposed to diseases that aren’t prevalent in your hometown.

A trip to Texas could expose your pets to ticks that carry Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever, which is a disease that can cause fever, depression, diarrhea, and respiratory complications. In Tennessee there is the possibility of exposure to a fungal disease called Blastomycosis that can cause a fever, skin sores, and blindness. Blastomycosis can be transmitted from pets to owners! Where you aware that the heartworm disease is more likely the further south you travel?  Wherever your travels may take you, there is likely some disease that is unique to that region.

CEDARCREST veterinarians recommend that you check with the vet clinic before you travel, so that you can take the proper precautions, which might include vaccinations.  If you are returning from a trip and your pet is sick, it is important to tell your veterinarian exactly where you and your pet visited as it may help to find the diagnosis quickly. It can be a lot of fun taking a trip with your pet, so don’t be afraid, just be prepared!

If you are planning to take your pet on vacation, call CEDARCREST Animal Clinic at 540-943-7577, and our veterinarians will provide you with information to protect both yourself and your pets.

CEDARCREST Animal Clinic provides medical and surgical care for every stage of your pet's life including preventive wellness care exams and vaccines, spays/neuters, and a variety of specialized care for your dog, cat, avian, or exotic. We are home to the only veterinarian practitioner in Virginia to be double Boarded in Avian and Canine/Feline care and provide care for birds, small mammals, and reptiles of all sorts! Plus, we are home to Virginia's most exclusive dog boarding resort that includes heated floors, an expansive play area, and even webcams so you can watch your pet while you're away. We're located in Fishersville, Virginia, and serve Augusta County and surrounding areas including Waynesboro, Staunton, Harrisonburg, and Charlottesville. 

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