Volume 1, Issue 2 September 2007
The Paw Print Quarterly Newsletter
Leptospirosis is a bacterial disease becomes infected by drinking, walking In dogs, the signs of Lepto include; initial two shot series and
carried by many animals, including through, or swimming in contaminated fever, decreased appetite, vomiting, annual booster vaccination.
livestock and wildlife, that can cause water, or contact with contaminated diarrhea, weakness, lethargy and Lepto can be easily incorpo-
severe illness in dogs and humans. For moist soil. The bacteria enter through jaundice (a yellowing of the skin, rated into your dogs routine
many years, leptospirosis has not been breaks in the skin or through intact gums and whites of the eyes). In the vaccination program.
a problem in suburban and urban areas mucous membranes like the lining of most severe cases, death may be
-Dr. Mark Whitley
because it seemed that the biggest risk the mouth, eye or nose. The disease is caused by kidney or liver failure.
to dogs came from exposure to farm contagious and can be passed from Unfortunately, Lepto is not easy
animals. For that reason, many veteri- wildlife to dog, dog to dog, or wildlife to diagnose, requiring numerous
narians stopped using the vaccine. or dog to humans. The risk of expo- blood and urine tests that can be frus-
With the increased pressure of land sure increases during periods of high trating and costly. If diagnosed early,
development on wildlife habitat, the rainfall and during the summer and it can usually be effectively treated
bacteria seems to have taken up resi- early fall months. Cats, fortunately, with aggressive supportive care like
dence in the most common urban and seem to have an innate resistance to intravenous fluids and antibiotics.
suburban wildlife, including rodents, infection and are not vaccinated. Because of the increased risk of
raccoons, opossums, skunks and deer. The Centers for Disease Control exposure of dogs to Lepto, our veteri-
A microscopic view of the
The bacteria is passed in the urine and Prevention estimates that up to 200 narians are considering recommend-
into water sources like puddles, ponds cases are diagnosed in humans each ing vaccination of your dog on a case
and lakes, and even moist soil where it year. The disease is rarely fatal in by case basis. Vaccines are afford-
resides and reproduces. Your dog humans, but causes severe illness. able, convenient and safe, with an Mission Statement
To provide exceptional
Important Boarding Information: Meet Dr. Amy Nunemacher! pet care in a
We are proud to welcome Dr. caring, professional
*For safety and efficacy purposes, we no Amy Nunemacher, who joined environment.
longer accept toys, beds, blankets, etc. us at the beginning of August.
when your pet stays with us. Rest as- Dr. Amy Nunemacher was
sured, we have plenty of comfy blankets born and raised in the Greater
and fun toys for everyone! Our Goals:
New Orleans area. She
Create a positive
received her Bachelor of
*If your pet needs medications adminis- work environment
Science degree in Animal
tered during their stay, please bring those Science at Louisiana State Practice teamwork
medications with you. We may not have University in Baton Rouge, and lateral service
certain medications in stock, and if we Club, the Wildlife Rehabilita- React quickly to
LA. She also earned her tion Raptor Unit and was
do have them, we have to refill the medi- Doctorate in Veterinary Medi- correct any prob-
cation for your pet and charge for the president of the Theriogenol-
cine from Louisiana State lem immediately
refill. There is also a minimal daily fee ogy Club. Her interests
University. Move heaven and
for administering medications to your include dermatology, ophthal-
She was a participant in the earth to satisfy a
pet. mology and internal medicine.
Parker Coliseum Animal Shel- client
She is a member of the
ter and Rescue following AVMA and the NCVMA.
Hurricane Katrina. While at Following graduation, she and
LSU, she was involved with her canine companion "Allie"
equine laminitis research, the relocated to Greensboro and
small animal Critical Care joined Cobb Animal Clinic.
Children and Pets...
Most people are unaware that by the age of child. The reality is that dogs can be afraid of stiff and its mouth is closed, it may be best to
18, 50% of children have been bitten by a children, due to their high-pitched noises, leave it alone for now. You can also have
dog. Dogs do not necessarily bite to be ag- small bodies, and sporadic movements. Let your child try to call the dog, and if it wants
gressive, usually there is a misunderstanding your dog sniff the baby, and praise your pet attention, it will come.
between a child and the dog. Here are some for being calm and offer them treats for doing
Being aware and understanding your pet’s
myths that, with your understanding, can help so. When a pet is around toddlers, make sure
natural habits will help ensure the safest pos-
protect your children from being harmed by they do not tug at the ears, or pull on the
sible interaction for your whole family!
your pet. dog’s fur. Tell the toddler “That makes Char-
lie cry,” so that they may understand better.
Myth 1: Certain breeds, like golden retriev-
ers, are thought of as “children-friendly” pets, Myth 3: It is a common misconception that
but the truth is that any dog may bite at any dogs are always happy when they are wagging
time, regardless of breed or a flawless history. their tails. The actuality is that, sometimes,
Therefore, never leave your child alone with dogs wag their tail in a sweeping, stiff motion
your dog, and always monitor them closely. as a warning that they are uncomfortable. If
the dog is wagging and wiggling it’s whole
Myth 2: Some people believe that most dogs
body and its tongue is hanging out, odds are
will automatically protect a baby or young
that it is in a friendly mood. If the pet seems
A long, healthy life for your pet is our staff’s highest priority. That’s why Congratulations to Dr. Meekins and her
our doctors have always performed a physical examination of your pet husband, Hayes, on their newest arrival,
with every vaccine visit. Sometimes, the physical exam uncovers a rea- Riley Elizabeth!
son why the vaccination should not be given at the time, or discovers a Riley was born September 5th,
condition or disease that needs to be addressed. For many years, your weighing 8 pounds 10 ounces
invoice presented the fee for the vaccination and read “Physical exam- and 21 1/2 inches in height.
No charge”. Several years ago, we changed our invoice to display a fee
for the physical exam and a fee for the vaccination. Rest assured, we
did not increase or add the physical examination fee, we simply as-
signed part of the existing fee to the physical exam to emphasize the
fact that it is performed each time. The cost per visit is the same, we
simply wish to underscore the importance of the examination.
-Dr. Mark Whitley
The Paw Print
COBB ANIMAL CLINIC
3224 BATTLEGROUND AVENUE
GREENSBORO, N.C. 27408
Your Pet’s Next Best Friend!