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Information on Canine Influenza

Information on Canine Influenza

Information on Canine Influenza On March 11, 2017, a dog imported from China into Los Angeles County was diagnosed with H3N2 canine influenza. Now there are approximately 35 dogs involved in the outbreak and all have been placed under quarantine. Canine Influenza H3N2 is a highly contagious virus that causes a respiratory infection in dogs and occasionally in cats. It has not been known to cause illness in people. It was first reported in South Korea in 2007 and has been circulating in Asia. It was first detected in the United States during a large canine influenza outbreak in the […]

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Canine influenza Outbreak

Canine influenza Outbreak

Most of you have likely heard about the Canine Influenza Outbreak in Chicago. See Article: http://veterinarynews.dvm360.com/canine-influenza-outbreak-caused-asian-virus-scientists-say   The take home messages are: Clinical signs to watch for: persistent and lingering dry/hacking cough, lethargy, poor appetite, high fever. Although the influenza virus was found in a number of the samples submitted to the diagnostic laboratory, other viruses (Distemper, Adenovirus, Parainfluenza) and bacteria (Bordetella, Mycoplasma) are likely contributors. The current strain (H3N2) originates from Asia and is different than the one first seen in 2004 (H3N8). The influenza vaccine protects agains H3N8 and it is unclear whether it will provide any protection […]

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PETS AND FIREWORKS

PETS AND FIREWORKS

Fireworks can cause a great deal of stress and anxiety for some animals. As an owner, you should be able to recognize some of the common signs of noise phobias and work to minimize the stress for your pet, and keep them safe. Here are just a few tips that I discuss with my pet owners. Commonly seen signs of noise phobias include: shaking, trembling excessive drooling barking, howling trying to hide trying to escape from an enclosure (door, window, fence, etc) refusing to eat urination or soft stool/diarrhea Practice Safety: Keep your pets home. They do not enjoy the […]

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Summer Pet Poisons

Summer is finally here, and with that comes a myriad of fun outdoor activities along with home and garden projects. While summer is meant for relaxing at the lake with friends picnicking, watching fireworks, and cleaning up and readying yards and gardens for the upcoming growing season, it’s potentially fraught with toxic exposure to your pets! Summertime brings new opportunities for potential pet exposures to harmful and dangerous substances. Outside pets should be confined to a safe area or supervised at all times. Bottle, bags, and other containers should be tightly closed and locked away in the garage or basement. […]

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