Zoonotic Diseases

Zoonotic diseases

A zoonotic disease is a disease spread between animals and people. These diseases are caused by viruses, bacteria, and fungi. We can contract them by handling an affected animal, but don’t worry the majority of these diseases are completely preventable. At Arvada Flats we take preventative medicine seriously to protect not just your pets but our community as well. With yearly vaccinations and annual visits we can prevent our furry friends from catching these pesky and sometimes life threatening little buggers.

The most common zoonotic disease is Giardia, a microscopic parasite found in contaminated water that will cause gastrointestinal upset. In order to prevent this disease we recommend annual fecal testing and to have your pet seen if they are showing any signs of diarrhea or vomiting.

The most well-known zoonotic disease is the rabies virus, we know how serious and life threatening this virus is as it attacks the victims brain. Unfortunately, there is no cure for animals infected with this disease and need to be humanly euthanized in order to protect the community. This is why the rabies vaccine is a mandatory vaccine for our animals. Could you imagine what could happen if we didn’t vaccinate for this? It would be a real life walking dead! Thank goodness for veterinarians ;)

Another zoonotic disease not so commonly known about is leptospirosis, a bacteria found in our environment that can be lethal to both dogs and humans. Leptospirosis is becoming more commonly found and it’s starting to become a threat within our own community, because of this we are recommending every dog be vaccinated for this disease.

As scary as zoonotic diseases are rest assured that Arvada Flats is here for you and takes your pets and families safety seriously. Please never hesitate to call our practice with any questions or concerns that you have regarding your pets health, if you think you may have contracted one of these disease please call your health care provider immediately.

Author: Jenna Dalton, VT

Contact Us

We look forward to hearing from you

Office Hours

Our Regular Schedule

Arvada Flats Veterinary Hospital


8:00 am-7:00 pm


8:00 am-7:00 pm


8:00 am-7:00 pm


8:00 am-7:00 pm


8:00 am-7:00 pm


8:00 am-1:00 pm



These are the Saturdays that we are open for the next 4 months: 

April 10th and 24th 
May 8th and 22nd 
June 5th and 19th 
July 3rd, 17th and 31st 


Find us on the map

    No testimonials found. Please add
  • The Do’s and Don'ts of Pet Summer Safety

    Do you know how to keep your pet safe this summer? ...

    Read More
  • The Most Common Vaccinations for Your Cat and Dog

    Do you know what vaccines your cat or dog needs? ...

    Read More
  • Preparing for Your Kitten’s Developmental Milestones

    Need to hone in on your kitten knowledge? Check out the milestones your new pet will reach during its first year. ...

    Read More
  • What Is Ataxia in Dogs?

    Could balance or gait issues mean your dog has ataxia? ...

    Read More
  • Fish

    If you’re thinking of getting a pet fish, you should know that your veterinarian has a lot of good advice about pet ownership. Fish can be very rewarding as pets, and you just may be surprised about how much fish actually interact with their owners. Here’s more valuable information about choosing ...

    Read More
  • Caring for Senior Cats

    Thanks to advancements in veterinary care, today’s cats can live well into their teen years. It is not uncommon for cats to live to be 18 or even older. However, in order for cats to live a long full life, they need proactive veterinary care to stay healthy. As cats age, they are at greater risk for ...

    Read More
  • Feline Stomatitis: Treatments

    Cats rarely display their pain, but cats with feline stomatitis are often the exception. If your cat appears to have mouth pain, is reluctant to eat, doesn't want to groom, is drooling, and doesn't want you to open its mouth, it may be suffering from this debilitating, degenerative oral condition, and ...

    Read More
  • Feline Leukemia Virus: What You Need to Know

    Feline leukemia (FeLV) is a virus that weakens your cat's immune system. Unfortunately, when the immune system does not function properly, your cat may be more likely to develop other diseases, such as cancer and blood disorders. How Cats Contract Feline Leukemia Cats get feline leukemia from other cats. ...

    Read More
  • Family Cats and Pregnant Women: Take Measures to Prevent Toxoplasmosis Infection

    Nothing must spoil the joys of becoming a new parent. Not even your pets. But family cats with normal, every day habits can pose a risk to expectant women. Women's immune systems can be disturbed by a parasite carried in fecal matter. If you're the primary caretaker of your family's feline friend it ...

    Read More
  • Create an Environment Your Cat Will Love

    The Journal of Feline Medicine and Surgery confirms that feline emotional wellbeing, behavior and physical health are a result of how comfortable they are in their environment. Understanding how our cats interact with their environment can help us create a space for owners and cats to mutually thrive ...

    Read More
No form settings found. Please configure it.