“What are you seeing lots of Doc?’ This is a pretty common question, so I figured might as well blog about a current issue. The answer for today is PNEUMONIA. Cause:
Pneumonia is a multifactorial disease
There are many viral, bacterial and even some fungal causes
Some infectious agents are contracted while others can be normal inhabitants of the respiratory tract that have overpopulated.
Low temperatures, high humidity, poor ventilation (if housed)
Extreme or sudden weather changes
Dull or depressed
Eye or nasal discharge
Increased respiratory rate
Many cases of pneumonia respond to treatment with antibiotics and anti-inflammatories
It is best to discuss the case with a veterinarian to decide the proper medications to use.
Prevention: Some things, such as changing weather conditions, are out of our control. However, there are a few things you can do to help prevent or reduce the severity of pneumonia such as:
Colostrum- make sure newborns receive adequate colostrum in the first 4-12 hours of birth. This is important for their immune system.
Monitor-check all animals every day and watch for any symptoms mentioned previously.
Vaccinations- There are many vaccines that can be used in some species to help prevent pneumonia. However, they are not available for all infectious agents and are not always 100% effective. Vaccines work best when given to healthy animals and properly boostered.