Cat Scratch Fever: Myth or Not? 

While the term cat scratch fever may evoke images of Ted Nugent (c’mon, we know you sang it!), it’s an actual condition that can have some pretty serious implications for people!

Cat Scratch Fever is just as much a real disease as it is a late 70s rock icon, and while Beverly Hills Veterinary Associates can’t help with the radio version, we can help keep your family safe from the zoonotic disease.

The Science Behind Cat Scratch Fever

Cat Scratch Fever, more properly termed Cat-Scratch Disease (CSD), is a bacterial infection. It is considered a zoonotic disease, meaning that it can be transmitted between animals and people. 


A Pet Owner’s Guide to Zoonotic Diseases

A zoonosis is a disease that can be transmitted to humans by other species. While zoonotic diseases are a concern for anyone, pet owners often have added risks. Thankfully, there are many precautions that can be taken to minimize these risks, as well as encourage the health of family member pets.

Common Zoonotic Diseases

One of the most widely recognized and feared zoonotic diseases is rabies. However, while rabies still exists throughout the world, only a few human cases are recorded in the United States each year due to our vigilance with vaccinations.

Keep reading to learn more about other more prevalent zoonoses.

Lyme Disease and Tick-Borne Illnesses

Ticks carry an array of illnesses, one of the more serious being Lyme disease. Largely attributed to global warming, ticks and the diseases they carry have been on the rise, as they are now able to survive and lay their eggs year-round.