Understanding Mycoplasma in Pets
What is mycoplasma?
Despite stringent health protocols, veterinary facilities throughout the Northeast are currently experiencing an outbreak of mycoplasma. Think of mycoplasma as a common cold. As in children, upper respiratory infections are common and, in most cases, easily treatable.
What causes mycoplasma?
Mycoplasma spreads both through the air and through direct contact. It is caused by exposure to a number of commonplace bacteria that can be found throughout the environment. There are no known vaccines available to prevent infection by the bacteria which cause mycoplasma, thus there is little that can be done to prevent infection.
What are the symptoms?
While symptoms vary, the most common include coughing and sneezing. These respiratory symptoms are usually mild. In fact, most pets show no symptoms at all.
How is it treated?
Mycoplasmosis is treated on an outpatient basis, meaning it does not require hospitalization and can be treated at home. Depending on the severity and
localization of the condition, antibiotics may be prescribed in order to address the infection.
Brook Farm adheres to strict cleaning protocols which help keep our facility safe. But since there is no way to prevent mycoplasma,
even the highest standards can't prevent infection. If your pet is experiencing symptoms, please contact us for guidance.
If your pet becomes infected, please notify us. We will provide a complimentary examination to diagnose your pet. Medication may be dispensed at your expense.