There are a variety of things that can afflict your beloved pet. It is important to keep an eye out for signs of illness and infection. Our downloadable information sheets can help you identify symptoms. If you spot any of these problems, please contact Tillsonburg Veterinary Centre to book an appointment for treatment.
Take a look at the information sheets we have for the following illnesses:
Lyme disease is a bacterial infection, caused by Borrelia burgdorferi, that can develop when an animal or person is bitten by an infected tick. It can cause a wide range of problems, but most dogs that are exposed to the bacterium never get sick.
Tapeworms are parasites that live in the small intestines of many different species of animals, including humans. Depending on the species, these tapeworms can vary greatly in length. For example, Echinococcus multilocularis is less than 1 cm long, whereas an adult Taenia saginata may be up to 10 metres long!
Leptospira is the name of a genus (group) of long, thin, spiral-shaped bacteria that are sometimes also called leptospires. The disease caused by infection with Leptospira is called leptospirosis, also known as “mud fever” or “fall fever.” It is possibly the most widespread zoonotic disease in the world.
Giardiosis is a disease caused by a single-celled parasite called Giardia intestinalis. Infection does not result in any illness in most cases, but when it does it causes diarrhea, bloating and cramps. The most common source of Giardia infection is water contaminated by sewage.
Rabies is a virtually 100% fatal viral infection of the brain and spinal cord. The virus itself is a bullet-shaped, RNA virus that essentially cannot survive in the environment. Rabies virus can infect any mammal, but only carnivores and bats maintain the infection naturally. Livestock, rodents, rabbits and other non-biting animals can be infected but very rarely transmit the virus.