Leaving your pets in the car does not seem harmless as you quick run into the store. However it can be very dangerous for your pet. With the windows cracked in 80 degree weather it can heat up to 99 degrees in 10 mins! Check out this article for more information about the dangers of leaving your pet in a car. http://veterinaryha.org/blog/item/396-hot-car-dangers
Blue Buffalo Company has recalled Blue Kitty Yums Tasty Chicken Recipe. For more information on the recalled product and what to do if you have a bag please click here.
Tularemia was confirmed in a cat from Dakota County (Apple Valley area) on October 19, 2015. 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 tularemia 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 seventh cat to be reported in Minnesota since 2008 but the third case of tularemia in Minnesota this year. 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.
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.