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World Zoonoses Day
World Zoonoses Day is observed on July 6 every year to emphasize and bring the problem awareness amongst people, and teach them to take right action.
Approximately 150 zoonotic diseases are known to exist. Wildlife serves as a reservoir for many diseases common to domestic animals and humans. Persons working with wildlife should be alert to the potential for disease transmission from animals. Neither animal handlers nor the general public have reason to be alarmed or frightened but everyone should respect the potential for disease transmission and use sound preventive measures. Generally, disease can be easily prevented than treated. Nowadays, there is effective prevention through advance measures in medical science and vaccination.

Zoonosis is derived from the Greek words zoon 'animal' and ????? nosos 'ailment'.
Zoonosis (also spelled zoönosis and zoonoses) describes the process whereby an infectious disease is transmitted between species (sometimes by a vector) from animals other than humans to humans or from humans to other animals (the latter is sometimes called reverse zoonosis or anthroponosis). In direct zoonosis the agent needs only one host for completion of its life cycle, without a significant change during transmission.
In a systematic review of 1,415 pathogens known to infect humans, 61% were zoonotic.The emergence of a pathogen into a new host species is called disease invasion or 'disease emergence'.
The emerging interdisciplinary field of conservation medicine, which integrates human and veterinary medicine, and environmental sciences, is largely concerned with zoonoses.

Most human prehistory was spent as groups of hunter-gatherers usually with fewer than 150 individuals that were not often in contact with other bands. Because of this, epidemic or pandemic diseases, which depend on a constant influx of humans who have not developed an immune response, tended to burn out after their first run through a population. To survive, a biological pathogen had to be a chronic infection, stay alive in the host for long periods, or have a non-human reservoir in which to live while waiting for new hosts to pass by. In fact, for many 'human' diseases, the human is actually an accidental victim and a dead-end host. (This is the case with rabies, anthrax, tularemia, West Nile virus, and many others). Thus, much of human development has been in relation to zoonotic, not epidemic, diseases.
The major factor contributing to the appearance of new zoonotic pathogens in human populations is increased contact between humans and wildlife. This can be caused either by encroachment of human activity into wilderness areas or by movement of wild animals into areas of human activity.

People can get zoonotic diseases from contact with infected live poultry, rodents, reptiles, amphibians, insects, and other domestic and wild animals. A common way for these diseases to spread is through the bite of a mosquito or tick. People can get diseases in most places where they might have contact with infected animals and insects, including:
Animal displays
Petting zoos
Pet stores
Nature parks
Wooded and bushy areas
FarmsCounty or state fairs
Child–care facilities or schools

The most common zoonotic diseases:
Cat Scratch Fever
Tick Paralysis
Lyme disease
Campylobacter infection
Giardia infection
Cryptosporidium infection
Harvest mites
Call our office now to set up an appointment so you know your furry friends are protected! 352-795-7556


With all the changes the new year brings we would like to introduce you to all of our new and familiar friendly faces.

Up front in reception, you will meet:
SANDY- ( Who has been a receptionist for many years in the veterinary profession.) 
CARLEY- (Moved here recently from Orlando and is currently enrolled in college for business management to hopefully one day own her own veterinary clinic.) 
Kayla- ( Has been a receptionist for a few years and has a passion for helping animals.)

Our technicians:
Brigette-(Current Veterinary Technology student at St. Pete College C/O 2019 and loves anything having to do with nurturing and well-being of animals of all kinds,) 
CHELSEA- (Has been a Tech for 4 years, and woudn't change it for the world.)
KIM- ( Has worked as a veterinary technician for 15 years in MA and recently moved to FL.)
Kennel Assistant- (Tech in training.) 
SOPHIA ( Has a passion for cattle and livestock and one day has dreams of moving to Canada to work with cattle.)

We now have  Credelio for flea and tick control. (30 day chicken flavor chews.) 

Are your pets up to date on there annual health check up and vaccines? Give us a call to schedule your yearly annual. 

K9 Annual- $109.60 Included:

Exam, DAPP,( Distemper/Parvo Prevention)  Rabies, Bordatella ( for Kennel Cough Prevention) Heartworm testing, Fecal Float ( to check for intestinal parasites), and a Complimentary nail trim.


Feline Annual- $78.85 Included:

Exam, FVRCP ( Feline upper respitory diseases), FELV ( Feline Leukemia), Rabies, Fecal Float ( to check for intestinal parasites), and Complimentary nail trim. 

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Business Hours:
Mon/Wed/Thu/Fri 8am-5pm
Saturday 9am-2pm
Tues 8-12 to pick up supplies only

Mobile Service Available
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Welcome to Crystal River Animal Hospital

At Crystal River Animal Hospital & Companion Animal Mobile Veterinary Services, our mission is to provide pet health care in a way that we would expect. We are dedicated to the well-being of animals that have become your family members as though they were our own pets. Our goal is to provide preventative health care as well as treatment in an at-home environment that is convenient to both owners and pets at reasonable pricing. In today’s society, as the world seems to be spinning faster and faster, we are committed to getting back to a service that takes the time to understand the needs of owners and pets on a personal platform.

As a whole, Dr. Deborah Fletcher and her staff, is committed to achieving a personal relationship with clients and patients that is much needed in today’s environment. We wish to ensure proper pet health care and offer our clients the economic ability to provide their pet with upmost medical attention and convenience.

Thank you for visiting our new website for Crystal River Animal Hospital & Companion Animal Mobile Veterinary Services. We are proud to offer canine, feline, and equine veterinary services. Our mobile services range from physical exams and vaccines, to surgery including spay and neuter. While our clinic in Crystal River offers all of your veterinary needs.

Our mobile veterinary services are available to residents of Citrus County and surrounding areas. Services are available by appointment only, so please call 352-795-7556 today to check on availability.