Our Belief in Client Education

With educated pet owners comes healthier pets. At Hills and Dales Veterinary Clinic, we believe in working together with pet owners in the care of their pet’s health. We take the time during each exam to make sure you understand exactly what is happening with your pet and why we prescribe the treatments that we do. With this education comes important knowledge about pet diseases that can affect your human family, too, and how to keep everyone safe.

Client Education in Kettering: Cat Laying on Owner's Lap

What is a Zoonotic Disease?

Zoonotic diseases are those which can spread between animals and people. Viruses, bacteria, parasites, and fungi can all be the cause of a zoonotic disease. Common zoonotic diseases include:

Puppies and kittens are more likely to be infected with roundworms or hookworms, which could be transmitted through contact with infected feces or urine (such as in a contaminated water source).

These include fleas, ticks, and mosquitos which can all be vectors for diseases such as Lyme disease and Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever.

Bacteria on your cat’s claws and teeth can be transmitted to you through scratches or bite wounds.

This fungal infection affects the skin and can be contracted through direct contact with an infected animal.

This viral disease is deadly and highly contagious. That’s why we offer rabies vaccines for cats and dogs, which protects them from contracting it from an infected wild animal and putting your family at risk.

This bacteria lives in soil and water contaminated with urine from an infected animal. It is transmissible from your pet, who may have been digging in infected soil or drinking standing water to your family. We offer a vaccine that protects pets and in turn, your family.

How to Protect Your Family

As mentioned above, some of these such as Rabies and Leptospirosis are preventable with regular vaccinations. Meanwhile, both types of parasites are avoidable with proper parasite preventatives all year round. Other important points include washing your hands, especially after handling fecal matter, always removing pet waste from your yard or the kitty litter promptly, and always practicing proper food-handling techniques such as washing fruit and veggies before eating them and preparing meats properly.

For more information about zoonotic diseases or more client education covering different topics, please get in touch today!


The doctors and staff at Hills and Dales are amazing. They have gone above and beyond with all stages of my sweet dogs lives. Their care and compassion have been second to none. This is the only vet my dog is actually excited to go see "his girls"! -Mel M.

I would give it one million stars if I could! Dr. Mac saved our dog! When another vet was content to "wait it out", the entire staff at Hills and Dales jumped into action! These wonderful people are so caring, compassionate, and extremely thorough; they truly love what they do. Thank you Hills and Dales!  -Kristen L.

If you want to deal with the absolute best veterinary staff in the area, these are your folks! Everyone is beyond courteous and with every visit you know they truly care about you and your furry kids. Through the years, they have been there without fail for our cats and dog & given us great peace of mind every step of the way.  -Jennifer W.

The doctors and staff at Hills and Dales veterinary clinic are so kind, compassionate, educated and helpful people that really care and understand what we go through along with our fur babies! The clinic is always spotless and the staff at the front desk are friendly and really try and help with anything we need! -Pamela M.

Doesn't matter if you have an emergency or just a regular visit....the staff and Dr's are always there to help you with whatever problem you might have. They're always so caring and compassionate to your needs! -Alberta F.