Another confirmed case of rabies was announced on December 1st. A stray cat in Olmstead County, in the southeastern portion of the state, was taken in by a family at the end of October. The cat was spayed and vaccinated, after which the cat started developing neurologic signs such as aggression, vocalization, wobbly in the rear end and scooting. The cat was euthanized and tested for rabies then. The unvaccinated cats in the home also euthanized while the vaccinated cats in the home have to be quarantined. The owner, three relatives and four veterinary staff members all need to be treated with post-exposure prophylaxis shots. This is just another serious and sad reminder of how important it is to keep our pets up-to-date on their vaccines, especially their rabies vaccine.
Canine Influenza Update
In a national survey of pet care facilities, over a quarter of all surveyed are now requiring that dogs be vaccinated for canine influenza virus (dog flu) before being allowed to board or stay at the facility. Even if a facility is not requiring the vaccine, please consider getting the canine influenza virus vaccine that we offer to help protect your dog wherever you go – boarding, grooming, dog parks, doggie daycare.
IAMS and Eukanuba Pet Food Recall
Proctor and Gamble has voluntarily recalled certain lots of both IAMS and Eukanuba dry dog and cat food due to a potential for contamination with Salmonella. No reports of illness associated with these lots of pet food have been reported yet. Please check out this link to get the full list of lot numbers of pet food affected by the recall and what to do if you have affected pet food: Pet Food Recall Announcement. If you have any concerns or questions about this recall or if your pet may have eaten any of the affected food, please feel free to call us at 763-574-9892.