Important Pender Emergency Room Update:
Beginning on 7/12/2021, Pender had to adjust our emergency hours. We are open to see incoming emergencies from 7:00am-10:00pm until further announced. Pender will still have qualified Veterinary Professionals for nursing care 24/7, 365 with a doctor on call for hospitalized patients. Since an Emergency Veterinarian is not onsite after 10:00pm, please remember to call us if you need help with your pet, as our evening and overnight team does have access to the status of other local emergency rooms and can better serve you if you call first to discuss your pet’s needs during night-time hours.
Published on October 10, 2014
Being a veterinarian and currently pregnant with our second child, this topic came up quite frequently in discussions with my medical professionals. Their concern was raised due to my profession and dealing with cats on a daily basis, especially since toxoplasmosis can have a profound effect on the unborn child.
First and foremost, what is Toxoplasmosis? Toxoplasmosis is a disease caused by a single-celled parasite called Toxoplasma gondii (T. Gondii). It is one of the most common parasitic diseases and has been found in nearly ALL warm-blooded animals, including our precious pets and us. Cats, both wild and domestic, are the only definitive hosts which means that the parasite can only produce eggs when infecting a cat. When a cat eats any infected raw meat, T. gondii is released into the cat’s digestive tract where later it can be excreted in high numbers in the feces. This then raises the question of whether we can “catch” toxoplasmosis from our cats. Because cats only shed T. gondii for a few days in their entire life, the chance of us being exposed is very limited. Owning a cat does NOT mean you will be infected with the disease. Cats particularly kept indoors that do not hunt or are not fed raw meat are at a very low risk.
So do you have to give up your cat if you are pregnant or planning on becoming pregnant? ABSOLUTELY NOT! Here are some tips to reduce your risk of exposure:
As a veterinarian who enjoys working with cats on an every day basis, my pregnancy screening results demonstrated that I was not Toxoplasmosis positive for an active infection AND I have never been exposed.
Any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org