An Excerpt from the PVMA Newsletter & PSA From The ACGLO Team
‘On July 24th, Golden Bond Rescue of Oregon transported eight Golden Retrievers from China via Taipei, Taiwan to Seattle, WA. Upon their arrival, the dogs stayed the night in Tacoma, WA where one of the dogs became ill.
On July 25th, five of the eight dogs traveled to Portland, where they were seen at a local hospital. Although some of them had respiratory disease none were tested for CIV. Four of the five dogs were seen again at various veterinary hospitals, and three were tested for respiratory diseases including CIV. Two of the dogs have tested positive for CIV.
- One of the samples was confirmed as H3N2 at IDEXX
- The second sample tested at OSU is positive for CIV as well as parainfluenza and mycoplasma.
- One additional sample is pending for results.
Of the three dogs that were adopted in WA State, two were seen a second time at various veterinary clinics with respiratory disease, and with a history of originating from China and none were tested for H3N2.’
Again, we would like to reiterate the importance of vaccinating your dog against this highly contagious virus. Canine influenza is often spread unknowingly, as dogs actively shed the virus for 48 hours before signs and symptoms begin to appear. Dogs at special risk for canine flu include but are not limited to those that visit dog parks, daycare, dog shows, groomers, boarding facilities, travel (car, air, etc.), and those that are rescue animals. Dogs with pre-existing heart disease or lung disease, senior dogs, and brachycephalic breeds are also at a significant risk.
If you are concerned that your dog may be infected, or if you would like to schedule an appointment to have your dog vaccinated, please contact us immediately at 503-850-6280.
There’s been a recent outbreak of multi-drug resistant Salmonella across 33 states—and it’s linked to pig ear dog treats.
According to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) a total of 127 people have been infected, with 26 hospitalized. 24 of the cases have been in kids younger than 5. No deaths have been reported at this time.
Animals and humans can become ill from simply handling the pig ears or even being in contact with surfaces where they were stored. Thorough hand washing is important if you touch these treats or a dog who has ingested them. You should also avoid letting your pets lick your face or any open wounds after they eat.
Most retailers have pulled pig ears from shelves and bins, but if you already have them at home, it’s important to dispose of them and not feed them to your pet. No single supplier has been identified at this time.
Symptoms of salmonella infection include diarrhea, fever and stomach cramps. Identifying the illness in your dog may be more difficult, but sudden diarrhea and lethargy as well as vomiting may be present.
The CDC/FDA investigation is ongoing, and we’ll make sure you’re updated as we get more information.
If you have further questions about this issue or any concerns about your pet’s diet, don’t hesitate to give us a call at 503-850-6280.
Update January 31, 6:30 pm CST:
Hill’s Pet Nutrition is voluntarily recalling select canned dog food products due to potentially elevated levels of vitamin D. While vitamin D is an essential nutrient for dogs, ingestion of elevated levels can lead to potential health issues depending on the level of vitamin D and the length of exposure, and dogs may exhibit symptoms such as vomiting, loss of appetite, increased thirst, increased urination, excessive drooling, and weight loss. Vitamin D, when consumed at very high levels, can lead to serious health issues in dogs including renal dysfunction. Pet parents with dogs who have consumed any of the products listed and are exhibiting any of these signs should contact their veterinarian. In most cases, complete recovery is expected after discontinuation of feeding.
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Meet the January 2019 Pet of the Month at Animal Care Group of Lake Oswego, Henry Jones!