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Bartonella Inflammatory Cat Diseases: A Zoonosis-Donald H. DeForge, VMD-Milford Veterinary Hospital of CT

Donald H. DeForge, VMD
Milford Veterinary Hospital of CT
17 Seemans Lane
Milford, CT 06460

Cat Bartonella Diseases
Bartonellosis: An Important Zoonosis

A zoonosis is a disease that can be transmitted from animals to people or, more specifically, a disease that normally exists in animals but that can infect humans. 
Cat Bartonellosis, a zoonosis, is a very serious disease that can be spread to humans through cat scratches, bites, and in rare situations with simple contact with fur.  Cats develop Bartonella most commonly from fleas.  Please read an excellent Summary below from Dr. William Hardy, Jr, VMD-Director of the National Veterinary Lab..... the Western Blot testing Center for Bartonella in cats. Visit

Dr. Hardy in 1970 developed the first test for the Feline Leukemia Virus{FeLV], the immunofluorescent antibody {IFA} test for the detection of FELV infection in cats. In 1973, he and his colleagues, using the IFA test, discovered…

Traveling with Your Pet...Summer Vacation---------Donald H. DeForge, VMD-Milford Veterinary Hospital

Donald H. DeForge, VMD
Milford Veterinary Hospital
17 Seemans Lane
Milford, CT 06460

Traveling with Your Pet Summer Vacation
Safety First!
Donald H. DeForge, VMD
 If traveling by car, use a pet friendly seat belt for dogs and large comfortable cat carriers. 

Summer Safety Tips when traveling with your pet on vacation! #1 Check in with your doctor of veterinary medicine.  If you pet is geriatric or has serious health issues your animal doctor will give you advice concerning precautions in traveling or may recommend that your pet stay home with a relative or trained pet-sitter.
If choosing a pet-sitter get multiple references.  Be sure they are bonded and insured.  Set up a private Mini-Baby Cam so that you can be comfortable that your pet is being treated with compassion and kindness if using a new pet-sitter.  Remember pet sitters are like nanny's.......some are great and others cannot be trusted.
#2 Check with your veterinarian about the proper Health Certificate i…