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  • Canine Influenza Outbreak 2015-2017

    Canine Influenza Outbreak 2015-2017

    Update 2017-

    As of May 2017 H3N2 canine influenza has been confirmed in the following states. Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Texas, Kentucky, Tennessee, Missouri, Louisiana, and Illinois. There is a new vaccine that helps to lower the risk of contracting H3N2, H3N8.

    There has been a recent outbreak of Canine Influenza in the Midwest. Researchers have linked it to a new strain of the H3N8 virus for which we are currently vaccinating. The new strain is called H3N2. It is not known if the current vaccine will provide any protection from this new virus. The Maryland Department of Agriculture first notified the public in August of 2013 of the virus being identified in six dogs from a dog park in Montgomery County of which two died. As of August 29, there were twenty cases of H3N8 in Montgomery County. Canine influenza has been found in 30 states and the District of Columbia. Symptoms of both viruses include persistent coughing, runny nose, fever, and lethargy. The H3N2 virus can also cause illness in cats. The virus is spread through respiratory secretions, and can remain alive on surfaces for 48hours, on clothing for 24 hours, and on human hands for 12 hours. Some dogs may not show any symptoms and can still be infected. In the latest outbreak, there have been 6 reported deaths, and thousands of illnesses. If your pet goes to boarding or grooming facilities, or dog parks, and you have any concerns, please contact our office at (301) 598-7300.

  • Heat Stroke Warning

    We Are All Ears for Some Heat Stroke Prevention Tips

     

    Protect Your Furry Friends from Deadly Heat Stroke

    Heat stroke occurs when the body cannot maintain its temperature within a safe range.

    Some situations where heat stroke can occur are:

    1.      Being left inside a parked car

    2.      Being left outside on hot days without shade or water

    3.      Being left under dryer during grooming

    4.      Exercising in hot weather

     

    Normal body temperatures

    Dogs- 100 to 102.5 degrees Fahrenheit

    Cats- 99.5 to 102.5 degrees Fahrenheit

     

    Moderate Heat stroke happens when

     body temperatures are 104 to 106 degrees

    Fahrenheit.

     

    Severe Heat stroke happens when body

    temperatures reach over 106 degrees Fahrenheit.

     

    Pets can have brain damage or die at body temperatures

    between 107 to 120 degrees Fahrenheit.

     

    Chart below shows difference between outside and inside car temperature and how long it takes to reach those temperatures.

    Outside

    Inside

    Time to Reach

    75

    100

    10 minutes

    75

    120

    30 minutes

    85

    90

    5 minutes

    85

    100

    7-10 minutes

    85

    120

    30 minutes

    100

    140

    15 minutes

               If you are concerned your pet maybe suffering from Heat stroke call your Veterinarian as soon as possible.    

  • Summer Health Tips

    Summer Pet Health Tips

     

    1.      Use Caution When Visiting the Beach-

    A.      Salt and minerals found in ocean water can damage a dogs coat, rinse them off after swimming or playing.

    B.      The salt in seawater can and will make dogs sick if the drink it.

    C.      Taking a jog on the beach the sand can be a strenuous exercise on your dog’s legs- cause tendon or ligament damage.

    D.     Check daily water conditions, sea lice, and jellyfish can be a danger to your dog.

    2.      Pool Time/ Water Safety-

    A.      If you have a pool in the back yard make sure cover is on firmly, some pets have slipped under covers and drown.

    B.      Swimming can be tiring to dogs please take breaks to allow pets to recover some strength.

    C.      Never leave pets unattended in the water

    D.     Make sure dogs know where the stairs are located so they can get out safely, also rinse dogs off after swimming (chemicals used to treat pool water can damage their coats).

    E.      Remember Leptospirosis is a bacterial disease pets/people can get from contaminated water. There is a vaccine to protect dogs, but not for people.

    3.      Traveling Care-

    A.      One By Land- Try putting sunshades on car windows.

    1.     Bring fresh water and bowl so they can have a drink when you stop for breaks.

    2.     If traveling in a RV never leave completely closed up, make sure some windows are crack open.

    3.     The RV’s using generators, along with air conditioning units need to be monitored often for any problems to prevent deadly results due to malfunctions.

    B.      Two By Sea- Make sure to put a pet life jacket (dogs) on before climbing

    On board.

    1.      ID on collar, medical records- include contact information, the address for the marina, and the slip #. Some places may require proof of vaccines.

    2.      Introduce pets slowly to boats, and the different noises they make, also the motion the boat might make.

    3.      Potty break aboard can be tricky, try placing litter boxes in the cabin area, for dogs try using a portable dog potty or puppy pads.

    C.      Three by Air- Some airline refuse to transport animals during the summer due to dangers from hot weather. Check with your airline before buying that ticket.

    1.      Make sure all crates are properly labeled, and you have all required paper work (medical records).

    2.      Do not sedate pets prior to travel unless directed be your vet.

    3.      Have a feeding/watering schedule attached to outside for crate, along with food and drinking water.

     

  • Fourth of July Tips

    Fourth of July Safety

    Everyone likes celebrating the Fourth of July, we have cookouts and go to watch fireworks. Although we have be having a great time our pets may not be. There are several dangers that pets face on Fourth of July, which we sometime do not realize.

    First let think about Noise Level

    Many dogs and cats are scared of loud noise be it thunder during a storm, or loud bang from a truck, to fireworks exploding lighting up our night skies. One of their first instincts is to run away from the noise. Also loud noise from fireworks can cause hearing loss. Hearing can be damaged at 85 decibels, fireworks can reach levels of 140 decibels.

    Here are some tips on how to help your pets deal with their anxieties.

    Leave Pets inside your home

    Play a game to distract them

    Try training with treats or reward system

    Thunder shirts

    Make a Safe Room in your house- put their bedding, toys, and something with your smell on it in one room in house that they can be put into, or boarding them at a kennel

    Try leaving tv or radio on low level to help mitigate noise volume outside.

    Second thing to think about is Ingestion of harmful food/drinks or objects

    We all love a good cookout, but some of the foods we eat are not good for our pets. Some seasoning can also pose a health risk. Here are some foods to be careful with around pets. Onions, Grapes onions/onion powder used to season food can destroy red blood cells in your dog or cat which can lead to anemia. Grapes and raisins contain a toxin that can cause kidney damage in both dogs and cats if ingested. Garlic is even more dangerous than an onion – it can cause a condition called hemolytic anemia (busting or their red blood cells), also cause gastroenteritis. Bones – chicken, pork, beef can harm pets too. Some bones can splinter cause injury to intestines, while others have fat that can cause stomach upset. Deserts are yummy for us, not for pets- Chocolate, candy both can contain Xylitol. I scream, you scream we all want Ice Cream is a popular saying, but did you know cats are lactose intolerant. So that ice cream may taste great to you, but may cause diarrhea and stomach problems for your kitty. Please make sure if you plan on serving Alcohol to keep it out of reach of pets. . The alcohol in drinks can cause seizures, difficulty breathing, vomiting.

    Decorations make our homes look festive, but can be dangerous for our furry family members.  Balloons and their strings can cause choking, and blockages.  A lot of glow sticks are labeled non-toxic, but can cause pets to drool a lot and become agitated because of the bitter taste of chemicals used to make them. Streamers can also cause blockages, may need to be surgically removed. Some stores sell the kid friendly fireworks (Poppers), but even those can cause harm to pets.

    Ingestion of Fireworks-

    Many of the ingredients used to make fireworks are toxic when ingested by pets. Here are some of the substances used to make up those pretty lights in the sky. 1. Arsenic, 2.Potassium Nitrate, 3.Barium, 4.Lead, 5.Copper, 6.Aluminum, 7.Strontium.  Common symptoms that may arise after consumption are Vomiting, bloody diarrhea, shallow breathing, seizures, jaundice, acute kidney failure, and changed to their bone marrow. Even days to months, even years after fireworks have been displayed they can still be found by pets. So when on walks keep a close eye on them to lower the risk of exposure. If you think your pet may have ingested fireworks, please contact your vet or Animal Poison Control – 1-800-213-6680.

    Our Staff hope you have a Happy Fourth of July