We are now offering Alenza as a natural pain relief product for dogs. Alenza contains a mixture of botanical extracts that inhibit the formation of inflammatory molecules from fatty acids. This approach helps keep the fatty acid levels more balanced in your dog for better all around health in your dog. And when inflammatory molecules are kept in check, your dog will feel less pain and be more comfortable making everyone happy. Please call us at 763-574-9892 for further information.
Dog flu, first identified in September 2005, is a contagious respiratory disease in dogs caused by a specific Type A influenza virus referred to as a “canine influenza virus.” This is a disease of dogs, not of humans.
The symptoms of this illness in dogs are cough, runny nose and fever. However, a small portion of dogs can develop severe disease.
The number of dogs infected with this disease that die is very small. Some dogs have asymptomatic infections (no symptoms) while some have severe infections. Severe illness is characterized by the onset of pneumonia. Although this is a relatively new cause of disease in dogs and nearly all dogs are susceptible to infection, about 80 percent of dogs will have a mild form of the disease.
Canine influenza virus can be spread by direct contact with infected dogs, by contact with contaminated objects and by people moving between infected and uninfected dogs. Dog owners whose dogs are coughing or showing other signs of respiratory disease should not participate in activities or bring their dogs to facilities where other dogs can be exposed to the virus.
Clothing, equipment, surfaces and hands should be cleaned and disinfected after exposure to dogs showing signs of respiratory disease.
Treatment for milder cases of dog flu may include medication to make your dog more comfortable and fluids to ensure that your dog remains well-hydrated. Broad spectrum antibiotics may be prescribed if a secondary bacterial infection is suspected.
What you can do to help protect your pet…
There is now a canine influenza vaccine available at Skyline for $20.99 and is effective for this flu season. It is especially recommended if your dog boards, gets groomed or visits any off-leash park with other dogs. Ask Dr. Speltz about it today at 763-574-9892!
An important canine virus that is becoming more prevalent in our wildlife is canine distemper virus. Many raccoons in Minnesota and even the Twin Cities area are infected with the virus. These raccoons may show similar signs to rabies, such as incoordination and muscle spasms. Unfortunately this disease also is highly fatal in both dogs and raccoons. Thankfully the distemper vaccine is highly effective at protecting our canine friends from the disease. The other good news (if there can be good news with a deadly virus) is that canine distemper virus does not affect people or cats. Basically the same general principles for protection of you and your family apply to canine distemper virus as to rabies virus.
Does your cat have enough energy for 10 cats, eat every morsel of food in sight and is still losing weight, vomiting frequently or having diarrhea? If so your cat may have hyperthyroidism. For those of you that have a cat diagnosed with hyperthyroidism already, are you tired of giving your cat a pill or a liquid medication every day to keep the hyperthyroidism in check? Does your cat just hate to see you coming with that dreaded bottle? Well Hill’s Prescription Food line has a new food option that may be just right for your feline friend. It is called y/d and is a diet designed to manage a cat’s high thyroid hormone levels to be within the normal range without any extra medications. Once transitioned to the y/d diet, your cat will need to be rechecked at 4 and 8 weeks after. After 4 weeks the thyroid hormone level should be down and after 8 weeks it should be within the normal range in most cats. And don’t worry if your cat has kidney disease, you can use this diet in your cat also but may need more regular rechecks to manage both conditions. If you are interested in more information about this new thyroid management diet for your feline companion, please call us at 763-574-9892 and talk to a doctor to see if y/d is right for your cat.
While it may not feel like spring is here to us, the bothersome insects have not been slowed down. Ticks, fleas and mosquitoes are coming out and bring their diseases with them. Mosquitoes carry Heartworm disease which infects and kills many dogs and cats every year. Mosquitoes also carry West Nile Virus which rarely affects our dogs and cats but has significant health implications in people and our equine friends. Ticks carry Lyme disease and Anaplasmosis, two bacterial infections of dogs and people. While we write about these same diseases every year, they need to be mentioned again since more and more people are also getting infected, especially with Anaplasmosis. According to the Minnesota Department of Health, record numbers of people in Minnesota became infected with Anaplasmosis making it as common as Lyme disease in people. Since both Lyme disease and Anaplasmosis are carried by the “deer tick” (now renamed the “black legged tick”), tick control needs to be a high priority for all of us. Here are a few ways to help keep us and our pets protected from disease carrying ticks:
- – Apply a topical flea and tick killer such as Frontline Plus to your cat or dog every month. This ensures that the fleas and ticks that your pet may pick up will not survive to come and bite you as the owner or any other people in contact with your pet. At Skyline we have competitive pricing on Frontline Plus and if you buy 6 doses you get the 7th one free!
- – Have your dog tested for Lyme disease and Anaplasmosis yearly. This will let you know if your pet has been exposed and may need treatment. At Skyline we offer the 4Dx test which will test your dog for Heartworm disease, Lyme disease, Anaplasmosis and Canine erhlichiosis, all for only $39!
- – Check yourself and your pets for ticks after a day outside.
- – Wear light colored clothing so you can spot ticks on yourself easier.
As for protecting your dog or cat from Heartworm disease, all it takes is a once monthly chewable tablet such as Iverhart Plus and your pet will be safe from Heartworm disease and some common intestinal parasites. At Skyline we have great pricing on Iverhart Plus and then you get a rebate on top of that!
Please contact us at 763-574-9892 for more information on these insect borne diseases and the awesome deals we have on products to protect your pets from them.
If you would like more information on human Lyme disease and Anaplasmosis, please check out the following link: http://www.health.state.mn.us/news/pressrel/2011/ticks050611.html.
Please everyone be careful, but also note our loved ones in furry coats are getting this too. We have found this disease in 60 dogs since 2010 spring and the number is growing. We advise a yearly 4DX heartworm test for $39 to prevent and detect this disease for it is included in the test. Call us today to have a tech do this simple test for your dog.
We know how frustrating problems with urination can be to owners. And then of course when you come in we want to get a urine sample from your pet which can be difficult at times. Now we are offering a new procedure using ultrasound to see the bladder so we can much more accurately find the bladder to get our sample. This is safe and simple and can reduce the stress on your pet during sampling.
And while there is not any snow on the ground, the bugs will be here too unfortunately. Don’t forget to make sure your pet is protected from fleas and ticks and heartworm disease throughout the summer and fall. We have many great products to protect your pet and coupons too to make it better on the budget. Call us at 763-574-9892 or email us at email@example.com.
Our goal at Skyline is to provide you and your pet with the best care so we are excited to now have digital oral x-rays. Our brand-new, state-of-the-art digital system for taking dental x-rays gives us many advantages over our old system and allows us to improve your pet’s dental care. Dr. Ryan is excited have upgraded to the EVA unit by AFP imaging and will be happy to talk to you about the new system any time.
It may not be that time of year but cranberries are good for the bladder all year long. You may have heard that cranberry juice can help with urinary tract infections and it is true. Well now your dog can get all the benefits of cranberry juice in a chewable tablet. Crananidin is a new product that contains the bioactive compound, PAC, found in cranberries. PACs help to stop infection-causing E. coli bacteria from sticking to the bladder thus helping prevent a bladder infection. We are excited to be able to offer this new product, Crananidin, to your help your pet. For more information and to see if Crananidin is right for your dog, please talk to our doctors.