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Canine Influenza: Pet Owners’ Guide

Canine Influenza: Pet Owners’ Guide

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Cape Horn Pet Clinic now carries the vaccine for CIV. If your boarding or grooming kennel now requires vaccination for Canine Influenza, contact us today to schedule your appointment.

Canine influenza (CI, or dog flu) is caused by the canine influenza virus (CIV), an influenza A virus. It is highly contagious and easily spread from infected dogs to other dogs by direct contact, nasal secretions (through barking, coughing or sneezing), contaminated objects (kennel surfaces, food and water bowls, collars and leashes), and by people moving between infected and uninfected dogs. Dogs of any breed, age, sex or health status are at risk of infection when exposed to the virus.

Currently, two strains of CIV have been identified in the U.S. The H3N8 strain of canine influenza was first identified in 2004 in Florida. Since then, it has been found in several other states. In 2015, the H3N2 virus strain was identified as the cause of an outbreak of canine influenza in Chicago. The virus was known to exist in Asia, but the 2015 outbreak was the first report of the H3N2 virus affecting dogs outside of Asia.

Canine influenza can occur year round. So far, there is no evidence that canine influenza infects people.

Canine influenza and cats

In early 2016, a group of cats in an Indiana shelter were infected with H3N2 canine influenza (passed to them by infected dogs). The findings suggested that cat-to-cat transmission was possible. Cats infected with H3N2 canine influenza show symptoms of upper respiratory illness, including a runny nose, congestion, malaise, lip-smacking and excessive salivation.

Canine influenza symptoms and diagnosis

The symptoms of a CIV infection resemble those of canine infectious tracheobronchitis (“kennel cough”).   Dogs infected with CIV develop a persistent cough and may develop a thick nasal discharge and fever (often 104-105oF). Other signs can include lethargy, eye discharge, and reduced appetite. Canine influenza infections can cause mild to severe illness in dogs. Some infected dogs may not show any signs of illness, but can still be contagious and able to infect other dogs

Most dogs recover within 2-3 weeks. However, some dogs may develop secondary bacterial infections which may lead to more severe illness and pneumonia. Anyone with concerns about their pet’s health, or whose pet is showing signs of canine influenza, should contact their veterinarian.

Laboratory tests are available to diagnose both H3N8 and H3N2 CIV. Consult your veterinarian for more information regarding testing for CIV.

Transmission and prevention of canine influenza

Dogs infected with CIV are most contagious during the two- to four- day virus incubation period, when they shed the virus in their nasal secretions but do not show signs of illness. The virus is highly contagious and almost all dogs exposed to CIV will become infected. The majority (80%) of infected dogs develop a flu-like illness. The mortality (death) rate from CIV is low (less than 10%).

To reduce the spread of CIV, isolate dogs that are sick or showing signs of a respiratory illness, and isolate dogs known to have been exposed to an infected dog.

Isolate dogs infected with H3N2 canine influenza for at least 21 days and dogs infected with H3N8 CIV for at least 7 days.  Practice good hygiene and sanitation, including hand washing and thorough cleaning of shared items and kennels, to reduce the spread of CIV. Influenza viruses do not usually survive in the environment beyond 48 hours and are inactivated or killed by commonly used disinfectants.

Vaccines are available for both the H3N8 and H3N2 strains of canine influenza virus. The CIV vaccination is a “lifestyle” vaccination, recommended for dogs at risk of exposure due to their increased exposure to other dogs – such as boarding, attending social events with dogs present, and visiting dog parks. Your veterinarian can provide you with additional information about the vaccines and whether you should consider vaccinating your dog.

Additional Resources:

Frequently Asked Questions (for pet owners)

Canine Influenza reference page (for veterinarians)

Canine Influenza (Center for Food Security and Public Health, Iowa State University)

H3N2 Frequently Asked Questions  (Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine)

Doginfluenza.com  (Merck Animal Health)

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Leptospirosis and Feline Leukemia

Leptospirosis and Feline Leukemia

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Leptospirosis

We’ve had few people asking about Leptospirosis recently. What is it? Why do we vaccinate against it? Who can get it? And how the heck do you pronounce it?

Leptospirosis is pronounced: lep-toh-spahy-roh-sis
It is a bacterial infection spread through the urine of an infected animal. This bacteria can be found worldwide in soil and in water. It can be spread from animal to people and will present as flu-like symptoms in people which can cause liver and kidney disease.
Dogs are most commonly affected, it can rarely affect cats but the symptoms seem to be less.
We vaccinate almost all dogs for this disease and typically we include it in with our Distemper vaccine, to keep your pet safe. Smaller dogs have a higher risk of vaccine reaction so occasionally we will withhold this aspect of the vaccine in dogs under ten pounds or puppies.

To learn more

AVMA Leptospirosis Handout

 

Feline Leukemia

How to get your pet started for free

Feline leukemia virus (FeLV) is a retrovirus that infects cats. FeLV can be transmitted from infected cats when the transfer of saliva or nasal secretions is involved. If not defeated by the animal’s, the virus can cause diseases which can be lethal. One disease caused by this virus is a form of cancer of the blood cells called Lymphoma.

To get your cat’s protected it will require a series of two vaccines about 3 weeks apart. Cape Horn pet Clinic will cover the cost of the first vaccine.  After their initial series, one vaccine yearly will keep them protected against this deadly virus. This vaccine is recommended for all outdoor cats. Call the office with any questions we are here to help. 603-636-1700
Click the link below to learn more:
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April 2017 News

April 2017
News and Information

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Each month we will be sending out an email detailing important information. Included will be the clinic’s schedule for the month as well as our special pricing days, Wellness Wednesday, and $6 Sunday. We will also detail exciting monthly promotions, contests, coupons, as well as hot topics related to pets.

Kitten Socialization

Does your cat bolt the second it sees the cat carrier? Does he or she run and hide when guests come over? Cat owners often consider fear-related reactions associated with visitors, veterinary visits, husbandry care and vehicular travel to be “normal” behaviors, but they don’t have to be.

Click the link below to understand the importance of socialization and how to do it right.

 

Easter Toxins

While enjoying this flower and candy filled holiday with friends and family, remember to keep Spot and Tigger safe this Easter season.

Click the link below to learn a few Easter Toxins you may not have know about.

 

Top 5 Easter Toxins For Your Pet

Present This Coupon and Save $$$

Not valid on $6 Sunday

Clinic Schedule

  • April 1st- Dr. Walker is out of the office (Not an April Fools joke 🙂
  • April 8th and 9th- Dr. Walker is out of the office
  • April 16th- CLOSED for Easter
  • April 19th- Wellness Wednesday- Get your pet up to date for licensing time
  • April 23rd- $6 Sunday (pushed back a week due to Easter Sunday)
  • May 7th- $6 Sunday (pushed up due to Mothers Day)

Because there are a few Sunday holidays coming up in the next few months, $6 Sunday may not be on the third Sunday of the month. $6 Sunday will be as follows:

  • April 23rd
  • May 7th
  • June 25th
  • July 16th
  • August 20th
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March 2017 News

March 2017
News and Information

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Each month we will be sending out an email detailing important information. Included will be the clinic’s schedule for the month as well as our special pricing days, Wellness Wednesday, and $6 Sunday. We will also detail exciting monthly promotions, contests, coupons, as well as hot topics related to pets.

Licensing Special Pricing


To make licensing your pet more affordable, we are slashing our already reduced prices during our March, Wellness Wednesday.

From 8-11am on March 15th, if you are bringing your pet in for vaccines there will be no exam fee, and the cost of vaccines have been reduced.

  • Rabies: $12
  • Canine Distemper: $12
  • Canine Distemper w/ Lepto: $12
  • Lyme: $32
  • Bordetella: $18
  • Feline Distemper: $18
  • Feline Leukemia: $28

PAY NO OFFICE VISIT FEE WHEN COMING IN FOR VACCINES ONLY, IF NEEDING MEDICAL ATTENTION FEES MAY APPLY.

MUD MADNESS BEGINS

 

Spring seems to be getting a head start around here and Page Hill Rd. has started to morph into

MUD-dusa. Please drive slow and let us help clean your car. Mention this coupon for $4 off your next office visit and put it towards a cleaning, and thanks for sticking with us, we truly appreciate you all!!

 

 

When bathing your pet at home it is imperative that you rinse your pet until you feel there is no longer any soap on them, then rinse some more.

We often see pets with skin irritations from shampoos remaining on their skin. Here are a few tips to help you bathe your pet and avoid skin irritation:
  1. Use a pet shampoo. We recommend Mycodex for an all purpose pet shampoo. Never use people shampoo, the PH is different and may irritate pets skin.
  2. Apply diluted shampoo. Be sure to have a bucket in the tub with you, fill it with water and add the shampoo into the water, then apply the diluted mix to your pet. Applying shampoo straight to your pet makes for a lot of rinsing and may irritate the skin.
  3. Use a spray nozzle. Bathing our pets can prove to be a struggle. The squirming, ducking and avoiding of the water can make for trying times and messy bath times. However, using a spray nozzle will make rinsing easier, faster and more thorough. It also makes those hard to reach areas, like their armpits and undersides, easier to rinse properly.
  4. Rinse, rinse and rinse some more. Soaps can be an irritant when left on the skin. It can dry out their skin causing itching and flaking. It may also irritate so much so that it causes sores. Rinse your pet extra carefully and when you think all the soap is gone, continue rinsing.
Speak with Dr. Walker about any questions you may have.
We are here to help.

 

March Schedule

  • March 12th- Dr. Walker will be out of the office for Continuing Education.
  • March 15th- Slashing prices for Wellness Wednesday!!!!!
  • March 19th- This months $6 Sunday.
  • April 9th- Dr. Walker is out of the office.
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February 2017 News

February 2017
News and Information

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Each month we will be sending out an email detailing important information. Included will be the clinic’s schedule for the month as well as our special pricing days, Wellness Wednesday, and $6 Sunday. We will also detail exciting monthly promotions, contests, coupons, as well as hot topics related to pets.

February is Pet Dental Health Month

Nothing says I LOVE YOU like a smoochable mouth. The staff at Cape Horn Pet Clinic can help your pet achieve a better smelling mouth and save you money at the same time.

To celebrate National Pet Dental Health Month we are offering a $20 off coupon OR a FREE bag of T/D dental diet (a $21 value) all dental procedures scheduled in February or performed in February. Mention or bring in the coupon below to take part in the savings.

PET DENTAL HEALTH MONTH

Receive $20 Off OR a FREE bag OF T/D Dental Diet when you schedule your pets dental procedure for or in the month of February
Offer Expires End of February. Coupon Code: TeethMatter

Valentines Day Dangers

With every holiday we celebrate,  lurks hidden dangers to our fury friends. Some, most people know, like chocolate. Others are far less known such as roses. Click the link below to learn of the hidden dangers that come with celebrating Valentines Day with those we love.

Keeping Pets Safe on Valentines Day

 

FEBRUARY SCHEDULE

  • Dr Walker will be out of the office Sunday, January 29th for Continuing Education
  • Dr Walker will be out of the office Saturday, February 4th, regular hours on Sunday, February 5th
  • February 15th this months Wellness Wednesday
  • February 19th this month’s $6 Sunday
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January 2017 News

January 2017
News and Information

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Each month we will be sending out an email detailing important information. Included will be the clinic’s schedule for the month as well as our special pricing days, Wellness Wednesday, and $6 Sunday. We will also detail exciting monthly promotions, contests, coupons, as well as hot topics related to pets.

C-C-C-Cold Weather Tips

Now that winter has come, and all the weather changes that go with it, take steps to ensure your pets’ health during cold weather. Click the link below for tips.

COLD WEATHER HAZARDS

February is Pet Dental Health Month

February is National Pet Dental Health Month. Cape Horn Pet Clinic will be offering a $20 discount on all dental procedures scheduled in the month of February. New year, new mouth for your fine furry friend. For more information click the links below or call the office to get your pet started on the path to better oral care.

Your Dogs Mouth and Teeth

Your Cats Mouth and Teeth

New Year’s Eve Fireworks

For many dogs, firework celebrations are a frightening and stressful event that they can’t escape from.  However, there are several things you can do to help your dog and lessen the stress that fireworks can cause.

 

 

January Schedule

  • January 15th- $6 Sunday 8-11am walk-ins
  • January 18th- Wellness Wednesday 8-11am walk-ins
  • Sunday, January 29- Dr. Walker is out of the office for continuing education
  • February 4th and 5th- Dr. Walker is out of the office
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December 2016 News

December 2016 Newsletter

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Each month we will be sending out an email detailing important information. Included will be the clinic’s schedule for the month as well as our special pricing days, Wellness Wednesday, and $6 Sunday. We will also detail exciting monthly promotions, contests, coupons, as well as hot topics related to pets.

Cat Holiday Safety Tips

The holidays can be a magical time of year but they also come with a few hidden dangers for your cat. Here are some helpful tips from your friends at Hill’s Pet Nutrition and Cape Horn Pet Clinic on how to keep them safe, happy and healthy.

Planning a safe holiday for your cat

When it comes to the holidays, there are so many things to be careful of – not gaining 10 lbs. on cookies, not getting yourself into debt just to buy some presents – and of course keeping your pets healthy, happy and safe. Here are some helpful tips from your friends at Hill’s Pet Nutrition and Cape Horn Pet Clinic on how you can do just that.
Helpful ways to keep your dog safe around the holidays

Special Delivery

Now that winter is upon us, as well as the holiday delivery season, we ask that you please allow a little extra time for special food orders. Typically a week and a half’s time is enough for us to order your food and get it delivered, but inclement weather can slow the process, thank you for your patience in allowing a few extra days this time of year.

Change Of Plans

Throughout the winter, Dr.Walker will be out of the office. However, the office will be open for food and medication pickup and someone will be available to answer all questions and to schedule appointments. Because Dr. Walker will be unavailable on Thursdays, please call ahead for medication refills. Most refills must be authorized by the doctor, so please plan accordingly.

Clinic Schedule

  • December 18th- $6 Sunday
  • December 21st- Wellness Wednesday
  • December 23rd- Walkins in the AM, Closing at noon.
  • December 23rd- Walkins in the AM, Closing at noon.
  • December 24 and 25- Closed for Christmas
  • December 31st and January 1st CLOSED for the New Year
  • January 2nd and 3rd CLOSED for clinic renovations
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November 2016 News

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News and Information

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Each month we will be sending out an email detailing important information. Included will be the clinic’s schedule for the month as well as our special pricing days, Wellness Wednesday, and $6 Sunday. We will also detail exciting monthly promotions, contests, coupons, as well as hot topics related to pets.

Winter Hours – Closed Thursdays

Starting November 10th, we will be closed on Thursdays through the winter months. Like many other businesses in the North Country, we tend to slow down in the winter. Due to this slow period, we will be closing the clinic on Thursdays until February 1st. We will still be open all other days of the week, including Saturdays and Sundays.

Veterans, We Thank You!

November 11th is Veterans Day! We want to thank all the men, women and K9s who have served in all branches of the armed forces. Without your service and your sacrifice, we would not know freedom. As a thank you for your service, please stop by the office on Veterans Day for a sweet treat for you and for your pets!

A Happy and Safe Holiday

There are many hidden dangers to our pets around the holidays, and we often discover them when it’s too late. Click the link below to read about some safety tips you might not know about. If something should happen, be sure to call a vet as soon as possible.

Thanksgiving Pet Safety

Clinic Schedule

  • Starting November 10th, the clinic will be closed on Thursdays until February 1st.
  • November 16th- Wellness Wednesday
  • November 20th- $6 Sunday
  • November 24th and 25th- Closed for Thanksgiving.

HOWL-O-WEEN Pet Photo Contestants

PEOPLE’S CHOICE AWARD
Titan Sheldon – Cowboy
3 year old Viszla
Shadow – Lumberjack
6 year old Domestic Short Hair
Odie and Allie Godin – Superdog and Supergirl
5 year old Pekingese/Chihuahua mix and his 2 1/2 year old sidekick
Memphis (Darth Vader), Murphy (Ewok) Gonyer Both 5 year old Brussels/Shih Tzu Mixes
Ella Young – Banana
4 year old Dachshund
Tonga Crowell – Land Shark
1 1/2 year old Dingo/German Shepherd Mix
Oliver Young – Banana
8 year old Dachshund
Gertie Carr – Caterpillar
6 year old Pug/Terrier mix
Brodie and Steve Boucher – Hot Dogs
Brodie is 2, Steve is 4 both are Mini Dachshunds
Duncan Reynolds – Joker
8 year old Golden Retriever
Jingle Bell Letourneau – South of the Border Kitty
Domestic Shorthair
Dusty Canton – Cowboy
3 year old Shih Tzu mix
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October 2016 News

October 2016
News and Information

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Each month we will be sending out an email detailing important information. Included will be the clinic’s schedule for the month as well as our special pricing days, Wellness Wednesday, and $6 Sunday. We will also detail exciting monthly promotions, contests, coupons, as well as hot topics related to pets.

$5 Rabies Clinic

Join us at Cape Horn Pet Clinic on October 2, 2016, from 8 am to 11 am for our annual $5 Rabies Clinic in support of World Rabies Day. Bring your pet’s previous vaccination history with you to be eligible for a three-year duration on their vaccine.

 

HOWL-O-WEEN Pet Photo Contest

 

It’s that time of year again! We are now taking entries for our annual Pet HOWL-O-WEEN Photo Contest. We have cat prizes and dog prizes for the funniest, cutest, most original costumes and our personal favorite the pet/owner costume. We look forward to seeing your creative creations.

To enter please include:

  • Your pet’s name *Breed *Age
  • Your name *Phone number * Email address

TO SUBMIT YOUR ENTRY:

  • Email your entries to Carolyn@capehornpetclinic.com
  • Drop a picture off at the clinic OR
  • Drop by with your pet (and you) in costume and we’ll take your picture for you (for an extra entry into a toy drawing)

A TRULY HAPPY HALLOWEEN

Your idea of Halloween fun may be ducking trick-or-treaters at home with the lights off or parading your pet in costume up and down the neighborhood streets. Either way, here are some tips to keep your cat, dog, or other pets safe during this haunted holiday.

Keep your Pet Happy this Halloween

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September 2016 News

September 2016
News and Information

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Each month we will be sending out an email detailing important information. Included will be the clinic’s schedule for the month as well as our special pricing days, Wellness Wednesday and $6 Sunday. We will also detail exciting promotions or contests we are featuring that month as well as coupons and hot topics related to pets.

Leukemia Vaccine Promotion

All joking aside, Feline leukemia virus (FeLV) is a retrovirus that infects cats. FeLV can be transmitted from infected cats when the transfer of saliva or nasal secretions is involved. If not defeated by the animal’s immune system, the virus can cause diseases which can be lethal.

We recommend that all outdoor cats be vaccinated yearly to protect them from this often deadly virus. Cape Horn Pet Clinic wants to help keep our young kittens safe. On September 7th from 8-11 am we will give your kitten their first Leukemia vaccineFREE  (to be boostered in 3-4 weeks) to the first 6 kittens through the door. (no office visit charge, if only in for this vaccine). Call the office with questions 603-636-1700

$5 Rabies Clinic

Join us on Sunday, October 2nd, from 8-11 am at Cape Horn Pet Clinic for our annual $5 Rabies Clinic to honor World Rabies Day.

Be sure to bring your pets previous vaccination history with you. If you do not have it your pet’s vaccine will only be good for one year.

Clinic Schedule for September

  • September 7th- Leukemia vaccine promotion
  • September 17th- Dr. Walker will be out of the office. Someone will be in the office to pick up food, prescriptions, and preventatives.
  • September 18th- $6 Sunday. Office visit is reduced to only $6 and medications prescribed on that day are 10% off.
  • September 21st- Wellness Wednesday. For pets with no medical concerns they can come for vaccines and you won’t pay an office visit.
  • September 25th- Dr. Walker will be out of the office. Someone will be in the office to pick up food, prescriptions and preventatives.
  • October 2nd- $5 Rabies Clinic from 8am to 11 am.