Northwest Animal Hospital

4575 North Chestnut Street
(adjacent to Wells Fargo Bank)
Colorado Springs, CO 80907

Cat Parasite Could Cause Mental Illness

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – A cat parasite is receiving national attention after multiple studies link it to schizophrenia.

It’s called toxoplasmosis, and it’s estimated more than 60 million people have it in the United States alone.

“I think that may turn out to be true in the long run that there may be a variety of things in conjunction with certain genotypes and so on that lead to schizophrenia down the road, but we have not worked that all out yet,” said Bill Leteson, medical officer with El Paso County Public Health. “It’s still a mystery.”

Those with a weakened immune system can develop a disease from the parasite that can cause miscarriages, fetal development disorders, flu, blindness and very rarely, death.

Most who are infected won’t notice a thing and will have no side effects, but if you’re a mother of an unborn child there is more at stake.

“They come out looking absolutely normal, but they may have eye problems,” said Leteson. “It can cause retardation. It can cause a number of neurologic problems.”

If you are part of the at-risk population experts suggest keeping your pets inside.

“They have to have exposure to rodents, such as mice, and be catching mice and rodents or have contact with infected meat,” said John Sudduth, veterinarian at Northwest Animal Hospital.

The meat to watch out for is raw, so it is best to stick to dry or canned foods. It is also important to keep the litter box tidy.

“Have someone other than yourself clean the litter pan, or wear gloves and clean out the litter pan,” said Sudduth.

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Your Colorado Springs Veterinarian

If you are looking for the best veterinarian in Colorado Springs, look no further than the Northwest Animal Hospital & Pet Care Center. Located on 4575 North Chestnut Street, this center offers a wide variety of services for pet owners, and a stellar team of four veterinarians - Dr. John H. Suddoth, the founding veterinarian, Dr. Jessa Kocher, Dr. Renée R. Stone, and Dr. Kevin Lisenbee.

Wellness Checkups and Exams

A Colorado Springs veterinarian will be happy to provide wellness exams and checkups. These checkups allow the vets to detect any potential problems before they have a chance to become serious. They also provide a baseline so that future visits will be much easier for both you and your pets.

Pet Vaccinations

Proper vaccination of your pets is necessary to protect them from a large number of diseases. Vaccinations and boosters for cats include rabies, feline distemper, calicivirus, feline herpesvirus, bordatella, and FeLV (Feline Leukemia Virus). Vaccinations and boosters for dogs include rabies 1 year and 3 year, distemper, parvovirus, CAV-1 - canine hepatitis, CAV-2 - kennel cough, bordatella, parainfluenza, Lyme disease, leptospirosis, and canine influenza.

Puppy and Kitten Care

A veterinarian in Colorado Springs would like you to bring in your kitten or puppy early for a nose-to-tail exam, and to let them get familiar with the hospital and the staff. At this early visit, a veterinarian will talk to you about nutrition, behavioral training, vaccinations, socialization, and much more.

Pet Dental Services

A Colorado Springs veterinarian would like to talk with you about the necessity of dental care for your pet. Approximately 70% of cats and 80% of dogs older than 3 have some variety of dental disease. Our staff performs complete cleanings and will discuss yellow or brown teeth, bad breath, and what can be done if your pet is having problems eating.

Parasite Prevention

A veterinarian in Colorado Springs would like to talk to you about how important it is to prevent parasites. It costs much less to prevent parasites compared to treatment costs that can be stressful and expensive.

Radiology and Surgery

At the Colorado Springs Northwest Animal Hospital, we use radiology as a diagnostic tool to be able to non-invasively look inside your pet's body to view their internal organs. If a problem is seen, we provide a number of surgical options. 

Emergency Veterinary Services

If an emergency occurs during the day or after hours, call us immediately at 719-593-8582. 

Senior Care, Hospice, and Euthanasia

Our animal hospital provides services for all stages of your pet's life. Our senior care includes creating a health plan outlining a changed diet, exercise, and guidelines to prevent common aging problems. We also offer compassionate, understanding hospice care and euthanasia when the time comes to say goodbye to your cat or dog. We try to accommodate all special requests.

Other Services

A veterinarian in Colorado Springs offers a wide variety of additional services for your pet. We offer pet boarding, doggie daycare, and pet grooming. We also offer laser therapy, pet microchipping, nutritional counseling, an on site laboratory, pain management, and veterinary walk-ins.

Contact Information

Contact a Colorado Springs veterinarian and schedule an appointment online, or call us at 719-593-8582. Our office is adjacent to Wells Fargo Bank at 4575 N. Chestnut Street in Colorado Springs, CO.

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