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Plague in Albuquerque!

Plague in Albuqueruque

Bubonic Plague Can Be Deadly- Western Producer Magazine

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The Plague is not something we frequently think about. In this day and age, it is rare to hear of the plague, however, it is still out there. Some epidemics have been wiped out completely due to vaccinations, prevention, health and hygiene. Unfortunately, the plague is not one of these.

Last month 2 dogs were diagnosed and treated for the Plague. They were located in the East Mountain’s area of Albuquerque, which is considered a high risk area for the Plague.

The Plague is spread through a bit from an infected flea. A flea bites an animal that has the plague, then it bites your dog and transmits the disease.

Symptoms of the plague usually appear in 2-7 days and include:

  • Painful swollen lymph nodes in neck, armpit and groin
  • Fever
  • Chills
  • Headache
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea

The only way to prevent the plague is to treat your pet for fleas and to avoid:

  • Dead rodents
  • Contact with wildlife (admire from a far instead of making friends)
  • Preventing rodents from living near your house or out buildings

The plague is not just dangerous for your pet, it is also dangerous for you. If your dog or cat has the plague and you are bitten by a flea that has bitten them, the disease can be transmitted to you.

If you or your pet show any signs of the plague, you need to call your doctor or vet immediately! Proper treatment with antibiotics can usually deliver a full recovery. However, if left untreated, the plague can be fatal.

Vetco on Menaul and Vetco Los Lunas offer year-round flea and tick treatment. So come in today and get your dog and cat their preventative flea and tick treatment and help stop the plague!