Veterinary Associates of Westville

1292 Whalley Ave.
New Haven, CT 06515

(203)387-6648

westvillevet.com

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

DR. ROBERT ALDRICH A SMALL ANIMAL VETERINARIAN WARNS OF INCREASES IN DEADLY DOG DISEASE

NEW HAVEN, CT  JANUARY 24, 2015 – Dr. Aldrich, a practitioner with over 25 years of experience, is warning dog owners of an increase in Leptospirosis in our area. Leptospirosis is a deadly disease that dogs contract from exposure to the urine of wild animals. According to Aldrich, “The dog does not need contact with an infected animal, but only needs exposure where the wild animal urinated. The disease is now being seen in dogs living in New Haven and the surrounding area.” Leptospirosis is a bacterial infection that can cause acute kidney or liver failure. Treatment of the disease can involve hospitalization for several days. “Approximately 20% of dogs that are treated aggressively still die” said Aldrich. Treatment can be very expensive as many dogs require intensive care.  According to Aldrich, “It is much better to vaccinate your dog to prevent the problem. We administer Leptospirosis vaccine as part of our core program.” This disease can also be contracted by people who are exposed to contaminated urine or water   “The urine of an infected dog contains the bacteria for months if they are not treated properly” said Aldrich. Thus the family dog can be a source of infection within its home environment. Dogs with any outside time should be vaccinated unless there are other health problems that preclude this.

 

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Robert Aldrich, DVM graduated from the University Of Illinois College Of Veterinary Medicine. He worked at a busy practice in West Hartford before opening Veterinary Associates of Westville in New Haven, CT. (www.westvillevet.com) He is also founding member of The Central Hospital for Veterinary Medicine which is one of the first veterinary hospitals in the United States to provide 24 hour care for its patients. (www.centralpetvet.com) He is a member of the AVMA, AAFP, and the out-going president of the New Haven County Veterinary Medical Association.

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Contact: Robert Aldrich, DVM (203)530-7060 or raadvm1@optonline.net