Canine Influenza In Alpharetta!
Monday, 15 June 2015 14:24
Positive canine influenza cases have been reported in Alpharetta according to UGA diagnostic lab.
Canine influenza is a highly contagious respiratory infection of dogs that is caused by an influenza A virus. In the U.S., canine influenza has been caused by two influenza strains; the well-established canine influenza strain (H3N8) or the new H3N2 strain that has recently been reported.
This not a problem in our facility. These steps are to prevent any future problems.
It is unknown if the currently available canine H3N8 flu vaccines will protect against influenza H3N2, but it may help lessen the severity and length of the disease. We are recommending, as is UGA Vet School, it for all pets boarding or coming in to board at our facility. If your dog has not been vaccinated against the flu, then the vaccine will need to be boostered in 2-4 weeks.
The following are common symptoms.
o Soft, moist cough or dry cough
o Sneezing and discharge from the eyes and/or nose
o Reduced appetite
It can take 2 to 4 days after a dog has been exposed to the virus for signs to appear. Infected dogs can be contagious for up to 14 days.
Any dogs showing these signs who have been boarded recently will be examined in an isolated area. We ask that you call the office to schedule an appointment and make the staff aware of your dog’s symptoms and boarding history. When you arrive we ask that you pull up to the side entrance and call the office. We will have a staff meet you at the employee entrance at your appointment time. We are able to test for the flu virus. Treatment consists of support care and possible antibiotics.
All of our boarding dogs are kept on a separate floor from our medical area. They will not be walked in the same area to prevent any cross contamination. The virus cannot infect humans or other animals, but people can spread the disease by not following good hygiene.
Please use the link below for further information http://www.gvma.net/canine-influenza-FAQs
If you have any questions or think your dog may be sick, please call the office at (770) 475-2003.
Senior Wellness Pet Care
Thanks to advances in veterinary medicine, pets are living longer than ever before. However with this increased lifespan comes an increase in the types of ailments that can afflict senior pets. As pets reach the golden years, there are a variety of conditions and diseases that they can face, including weight and mobility changes; osteoarthritis; kidney, heart, and liver disease; tumors and cancers; hormone disorders such as diabetes and thyroid imbalance; and many others.
Just as the health care needs of humans change as we age, the same applies to pets. It’s critical for pet owners to work closely with their veterinarian to devise a health plan that is best for their senior pet.
Wellness Blood Test Screening
The health and well-being of your four-legged family member are our priorities. Our pets cannot tell us what they need or how they feel. That is why preventive care is so important; it helps us stop problems before they happen. A vital service to safeguard your pet’s health is our Wellness Blood Test Screening. These tests permit us to assess each pet’s internal health. Studies show 10% of adult pets and over 20% of senior pets (7 years and older) have abnormal results revealed only through these wellness screens.
New Digital Radiography Services
Midway Animal Hospital is very happy to announce that we now offer Digital Radiography Services. This state-of-the-art system replaces traditional Xray Film and greatly improves the quality of our imaging services.
Understanding your pet’s blood work
Blood tests help us determine causes of illness accurately, safely, and quickly and let us monitor the progress of medical treatments. A checkmark in any box indicates a significant abnormal finding on your pet’s blood work. If you have questions, ask any staff member. We want you to understand our recommendations and be a partner in your pet’s care.