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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.

  • Spring Into Safety

    Spring Tips

    1)      Budding Danger- Everyone like to plant in the spring, but please remember those beautiful flowers/plants can be toxic to pets. Some of the most common flower/plant are Azalea, Crocus, Ferns, Foxglove, Tulip, and Hyacinth.  Check out this link for more helpful information -

    2)      Making Your Garden Grow- Please remember the fertilizer and weed killers, and Pesticides we use to keep our flowers/plants growing and safe from insects are also dangerous to pets.  Did you know Mexican Marigolds are a natural insect repellant and safe to use around pets.

    3)      Before Going Artificial- Decided to forego real flowers/plant, remember artificial can be just as dangerous to pets. Some pets find silk flowers taste just as good. Silk flower/plants can lead to intestinal blockages, kidney or liver failure, even death.

    4)       Thinking About Playing Outside- Sticks will now be readily available after the winter thaw. They can cause serious injuries, not only choking but they may become stuck in the throats. If you like playing fetch try using a tennis ball or Frisbee.

    5)      Seasonal Allergies On Attack- Allergies usually show up as skin problems, but can also cause sneezing for pets. Pets can show signs year around if what they are allergic to is always in the environment. Most common allergies are to plant pollens, grasses, dust, and foods.

    6)      Pesky Little Critters- Spring means warmer weather, more chances to go to the park or to go hiking. Please remember the potential for your dog picking up fleas/ticks; please keep pets on flea/tick medication year round. Also the chance for bee stings, and insect bites that may cause your pet to have a reaction.

    7)      Getting Lose While Outdoors- Remember there is an increased risk of your pet getting lose while outside during warmer weather. Please make sure your pets are microchiped or have an identification tag on.  Also that your contact information is up to date (i.e.  phone numbers, address, any other information)

    8)      Truck Bed Safety- Never let your dog ride in an open truck bed. If your pet must ride in the back of the truck, make sure you confine them in a pet kennel secured to the truck walls. Not only getting tossed out of the truck bed a danger, but the heated metal of the floor can burn them. You also have to watch them for signs of heat stroke, from being left in the hot weather.

    9)      Heads And Paws Inside Car At All Times- Most dogs like to stick their heads out an open car window, the wind can irritate their mucous membranes, and pieces of grit can get into their eyes. Also insects or other road debris can blow and get lodge into nasal passages, and windpipes. Some debris may need to be removed by a veterinary, and could leave permanent damage to pet’s eyes, nose, and throat.

    10)   Antifreeze Alert – Most of us know to keep an eye out for antifreeze in the winter, but you also have to watch out in the warmer months too. Pets like to lick up water from puddles, and some puddles may contain antifreeze which is extremely toxic. 

    11)   Spring Time Clean Out – A lot of us preform the annual spring cleaning of our homes, but please remember the chemicals in cleaners can be dangerous to pets. Please keep all cleaner up and out of pets reach. Also read cleaners labels and follow directions carefully to avoid pets licking surfaces just cleaned. We all like to open windows to air out the house after being closed up all winter, make sure screens are still secure so pets especially cats do not fall out.

    12)   Sprucing  up – Home improvements are more likely to happen in spring and summer months. Be care full using paints, nails or staples, and power tools around pets. These items  can cause burns, and other physical injuries to beloved furry family members.