Reports of the Canine Flu Virus being in Minnesota have now been confirmed. Friday, June 19th, the Animal Humane Society in St. Paul has confirmed that one of their dogs has come up positive for the virus. Currently they are working on testing and treating all dogs that may have been exposed to the infected dog. To read more about the case at the St. Paul Animal Humane Society please click here.
Here at Skyline Veterinary Hospital we are recommending that if your pet(s) are showing any signs of coughing, fever, sneezing, or upper respiratory infection that you call (763-574-9892) and make and appointment and possibly have your pet tested for the Canine Flu. We are also recommending that you keep your dog up-to-date on Distemper (DHPP) and Rabies vaccines, as well as considering getting the Bordetella vaccine (for Kennel Cough) if your pet leaves your house and is around other pets. The Canine Flu is very contagious and we recommend that you keep your dogs out of dog parks and away from large groups of dogs where you do not know the health and/ or vaccine status of the other dogs.
For more information of the Canine Flu Virus please click here.
If you have any questions please call our staff at 763-574-9892
Canine Flu outbreak has been in news recently. We want you to know that no case have been reported in Minnesota, this is good news! Keeping your pets up to date on vaccines and keeping them out of the dog parks where infections can easily spread from one to another are some good ways to help protect your pet.
Here are a few links with more information on the Canine Flu.
Please call us if you have any questions or concerned about your pet, we are happy to help.
Chocolate Toxicity in pets can be a dangerous thing and around Halloween we need to be extra cautious as we have chocolate candy stocked up for the trick-o-treaters. Please be cautious about your pet getting into the chocolate and if they do please give us a call immediately. For more information check out these websites on chocolate toxicity in Dogs and Cats.
Algae is common in our lakes and rivers, but at high levels a type called Blue-Green Algae can form and make people and our pets sick. If you see algae in the water and it looks “pea soupy” and has a smell keep out of the water. Blue- Green Algae can cause a fever, vomiting, irritation to skin, eyes, and nasal passages. If you or your pet have come in contact with Blue- Green Algae contact your doctor or veterinarian. For more information on Blue- Green Algae click here.
There is a new rodenticide (rat poison) that many manufactures have been forced to switch to due to the EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) decision to prohibit the use of long- acting warfarin anticoagulants (d-con). This new rodenticide Bromethalin is a faster acting and leaves less time for owners to get their pets help if they were to ingest Bromethalin. With anticoagulation poisoning veterinarians typically had 3-5 days to treat, but now with the new faster onset of Bromethalin veterinarians have less then 2 hours to get treatment started. Bromethalin DOES NOT have an antidote. d-CON has now made the switch to comply with the EPA, BUT they are using Diphacinone which is a first generation anticoagulant longer acting AND can also can be treated with Vitamin K. So when you buy rat poison please look for ones with the active ingredient Diphacinone. Click here for more information on Bromethalin.
Tularemia was confirmed in a cat from Dakota County (Apple Valley area) on July 1st, 2014. Tularemia is a zoonotic disease (can affect a wide range of animals and humans) that is caused by a bacteria called Francisella tularensis. Tularemia can be transmitted by horseflies, ticks and through contact with infected animals (though it is not transmitted person- to- person). Dogs are relatively resistant to the infection, however, cases have been reported. Cats that are outdoor or outdoor/indoor cats are at higher risk and can get infected with after hunting an infected rodent or rabbit, however, tularemia has been reported in indoor cats that have no obvious exposure. Clinical signs, in animals, are usually high fever, lethargy, lymphadenopathy and ulcerations of the tongue and palate. This cat is only the fifth cat to be reported in Minnesota since 2008. Humans can also acquire tularemia, though it is not transmitted person-to-person. The incubation period for tularemia in humans is generally 2-5 days (range, 2-14 days). Acute symptoms include sudden onset of fever, chills, joint and muscle pain, headache, and nausea. Please consult your healthcare provider and notify MDH if you have symptoms consistent with tularemia and have recently cared for a suspect tularemia patient.
Mosquitoes, ticks and fleas are still out and we have the protection your pet needs to stay safe outside this fall. We have chewable tablets to prevent heartworm and other internal parasites for both cats and dogs with rebates on each. We also have Frontline Plus, the topical liquid, to protect your cat and dog from fleas and ticks with free doses when you buy 3 or 6 doses. And for dogs we also now have NexGard, chewable flea and tick protection from the makers of Frontline Plus. NexGard kills the dog tick, deer tick (carries Lyme Disese) and lone star tick so your dog will be covered this summer in the woods even if you don’t want to put on a liquid topical medication. We can also price match other companies just bring in a print out of what product and the price. Ask us about these and other products we have to help keep your pets safe this summer and fall.
Hill’s Pet Nutrition is voluntarily recalling 62 bags of Science Diet Adult Small and Toy Breed dry dog food due to possible contamination with Salmonella. While the suspected food was only distributed to stores in Hawaii, Nevada and California, we want you to be aware of this in case you travel there or know anyone who lives there that may use this food. Please follow this link to find out more information on the recall. If you have any questions or concerns about this, please feel free to call us at 763-574-9892.