Plague alert!

Via KOB 4, "1st human case of plague this year in New Mexico is reported."

Pets at risk of contracting plague or tularemia include all cats and dogs with exposure to fleas or the rodents and rabbits that carry them. This can include hunting the rabbits or rodents as well as spending a lot of time near their burrows or holes!

If your pet spends a lot of time outdoors or meets the description above, and he or she is exhibiting one or more of the following symptoms, get to a vet ASAP!

Common symptoms include:

  • Lethargic (low energy)
  • Uninterested in food
  • Febrile (has a high temperature)

Here's a hand-out with more information about plague and tularemia.