| Bartonella "The Cat Scratch Disease Bacteria"
Approximately 20% of healthy cats, living in the United States, are infected carriers of these dangerous Bartonella bacteria.
It is transmitted between cats by fleas and ticks. The bacteria can be spread to people via cat scratches and bites, contact with fur, and probably rarely by infected fleas and ticks. Although most infected people do not become ill, Bartonella, transmitted from cats, can cause 22 human diseases.
Cat symptoms includes:
Treatment involves giving antibiotics for 21 days.
- Oral Diseases: Gingivitis, Stomatitis, Oral ulcers
- Respiratory Disease: Upper respiratory disease, Rhinitis, Sinusitis
- Ocular Disease: Conjunctivitis, Uveitis, Choriorentinitis, Blepharitis, Keratitis
- Intestinal Disease: Inflammatory bowel disease, Diarrhea (chronic), Vomiting (chronic)
- Other diseases: Enlarged lymph nodes, Fever of unknown origin, Liver disease-hepatitis, Skin diseases-papules & dermatitis, Heart disease-Valvular disease (murmurs)
Bartonella testing is a simple blood test. Call today to make an appointment.