Protect Your Pets, Protect Yourself

Protect Your Pets, Protect Yourself
spcaLA offers tips to prevent the spread of zoonotic diseases

Los Angeles, CA – Vaccinating your pet, flea and tick prevention, and deworming are all ways to protect your pet and prevent the spread of zoonotic diseases.  Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Los Angeles (spcaLA) reminds pet owners to take precautions especially with the potential spread of diseases and parasite like West Nile Virus (WNV), flea-borne typhus, and roundworms.

Zoonotic diseases are diseases that can be transmitted between people and animals.  When you follow these tips, you are directly decreasing the chances of spreading zoonotic disease.Since February 2012, spcaLA has been on the Zoonotic Diseases Committee of Los Angeles County’s Healthy Pets, Healthy Families initiative, hearing first-hand about the threats to our community.

  • Keep your pets’ vaccines up-to-date to prevent the spread of disease such rabies.  Attend the Low Cost Vaccine Clinic spcaLA is hosting on June 18th in Lawndale or check your local Animal Care Services Department for clinics near you.
  • Be vigilant about your pets’ flea and tick control to prevent flea-borne typhus.  spcaLA’s Pet Adoption Centers have a variety of flea products available for purchase.
  • Deworm your pets to prevent the spread of parasites like roundworms, which can cause serious illness in adults and children. Roundworms can be transmitted orally by infected fecal matter.
  • Wash your hands after touching animals.
  • Do not leave food or water outside that can attract disease-carrying wildlife.
  • Protect yourself against mosquitoes by emptying standing water and wearing long pants and long-sleeved clothing, especially at dusk and dawn.