What you need to know about Toxoplasmosis from Guthrie veterinary clinics.
Pregnant women infected with the Toxoplasma organism are prone to having miscarriages or babies born with birth defects. Toxoplasma is a parasite that can infect all species of warm blooded animals. Cats are the only species that allows the parasite to complete its entire life cycle and continue with its reproduction. Contrary to popular believe cats don’t pose a huge risk of transmitting this disease to your unborn child states Guthrie veterinary clinics.
Toxoplasma infection is common it cats. In fact, up to 50% of cats have antibodies indicating that they have been infected by this organism. It is rare for cats to develop illness due to this parasite unless they become immune compromised. In the United States, cats become infected with Toxoplasmosis by eating infected rodents. Infection can also occur with all species by ingestion of infected raw meat. Cats that test positive for antibodies to Toxoplasma do not have an active infection and do not pose a risk to pregnant females. Cats will only shed the organism in there feces 3-10 days after eating an infected mouse. In fact, shedding the organism is very rare and only occurs in 1 out of every 250 cats.
Guthrie veterinary clinics say that the most common way that people are infected with this organism is by eating raw or undercooked meat that contains the organism. Proper cooking and or freezing of the meat for several days will kill the organism. Less common ways to become infected include ingestion of raw, unpasteurized goat’s milk, ingestion through contaminated water or inhalation of the organism through infected soil or litter boxes.
Dr. Anna was born and raised in Guthrie, Oklahoma. As a teenager, Dr. Anna found her beloved pet dead on the side of the road left to die without any help. That was the moment she decided to become a vet and vowed to help other people and their pets. After a few years of practicing in New Hampshire, Dr. Anna became homesick and decided to return to Guthrie to be with her parents and five other siblings. Family and friends are a major part of our lives which is why we treat our clients as family. Dr. Anna and her husband do not have children but our very proud pet parents and therefore, treat every four legged friend as part of the family.