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  • Canine Influenza Outbreak 2015

    Canine Influenza Outbreak 2015

    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.