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Please see the video below for an inside look at Governor's Avenue Animal Hospital spay/neuter process.
Canine influenza is a newly
emerging infectious disease caused by a virus known as H3N8. This influenza “A” virus only affects dogs.
This “flu” virus is highly contagious, relatively new, and dogs have no natural
immunity to it. While 100% of dogs are
susceptible and able to spread the virus to other dogs, 80% will show mild
signs of infection, and 20% of dogs will show more severe signs including a
high fever (104F – 106F) and pneumonia.
A small number have died from complications associated with the disease.
Often canine influenza is not
suspected until the illness becomes unusually severe or lasts a long time. The mild disease seen in 80% of dogs consists
of a lasting cough, low-grade fever, nasal discharge and a lack of energy with
loss of appetite. It may be confused
with kennel cough because the signs are very similar. Canine influenza is hard to diagnose. Nasal and blood samples often may not confirm
the disease, as most patients are not seen until the illness becomes severe or
more chronic in nature.
The risk of infection increases
with certain venues or activities. Group
training, dog kindergarten and doggie daycare in addition to boarding at a
kennel are examples. Visiting a groomer,
dog parks and daily walks with other dogs also places your dog at risk. Shopping at pet stores and waiting rooms at
veterinary clinics also increase the risk of exposure. Canine influenza spreads the same way that the
human flu spreads- direct contact, cough or sneeze and contaminated hand, clothing,
or other surfaces.
As with all viral diseases, the
illness must run its course, with no specific treatment except supportive
care. 20% of canine influenza infections
can become complicated by secondary bacterial infections. These cases often require hospitalization,
x-rays fluids and antibiotics. Cough
supplements should not be used because the cough is moist and productive.
Recently, a new canine influenza
vaccine was approved for use in the U.S.
If your dog is presently being vaccinated for kennel cough (Bordetella),
it is likely a candidate for canine influenza vaccine, H3N8. The vaccine was
proven sage, well tolerated, and clinically proven to significantly reduce the
severity of illness and the length of time that a dog is sick. The initial vaccination requires 2 doses, 2-4
weeks apart, followed by annual revaccination.
Since first reported in Florida in 2003, canine influenza has spread to 30 states
including the entire eastern seaboard and Delaware.
Here at Governors
Hospital, the Doctors
have followed both the progress of the disease and the track record of the
vaccine in the field for the last year.
We now feel that the time has come for us to recommend this
vaccine for our canine patients. Your
veterinarian is the best person to answer any further questions you have about
canine influenza. In addition, you may
find it helpful to visit the following web site:
Recently Governors Avenue Animal
Hospital added a new
vaccine to our protocols; the 4 way Leptospirosis vaccine. This handout is
meant to answer questions regarding this new disease prevention tool.
Leptospirosis, or lepto is an infectious
disease of dogs and other animals (including humans) caused by multiple strains
(servovars) of spiral shaped bacteria. Infection affects multiple organ systems
including liver and kidney. Leptospirosis is transmitted by the urine of an
infected animal and is contagious as long as it is still moist. Dogs may lick the urine of an infected animal
off the grass or soil,
or drink from an infected puddle. There have been reports of "house
dogs" contracting leptospirosis from licking the urine of infected mice
that entered the house. Leptospirosis in dogs is an extremely severe
disease, very difficult to treat and with a high level of suffering, plus a
high probability of death. Vaccination is not a 100% safe solution, but is
statistically far better than trying to treat animals once they become
The American Animal
Hospital Association (AAHA)
considers leptospirosis vaccine a “non-core” vaccine for dogs. That is, they do
not recommend pets receive it unless there is a good chance they will be
exposed to leptospirosis. The main reason for this is that veterinarians see
more vaccination reactions following the administration of vaccines containing
leptospirosis than any other vaccines. You and your veterinarian must decide if
your pet’s risk of catching leptospirosis justifies yearly vaccination. In
making that decision you must ask if your pet frequents areas that may harbor
The new vaccine reflects
the types of bacteria now seen more commonly in the environment. It needs to be
given as a 2 booster series, then annually.
We are recommending that the puppy series be given by itself due to the
risk of reactions. The optimal time to start is between 14 and 16 weeks with a
booster 3 to 4 weeks later. Older, larger dogs may be given this vaccine with
their other vaccinations. After the
initial series, the vaccination will need an annual booster. The older 2 way vaccine is now on AAHA’s not
recommended list, and we will no longer be administering it.
My Dog has always had the older lepto
vaccine. Does he really need a booster
of the new one?
Unfortunately, yes. The new vaccine will booster the old two
types of the bacteria, but will not provide protection from all 4 strains. The
booster must be given in the 3 to 4 week window to cause the immune system to
“remember” to respond to lepto. If this window is missed, the booster will
likely be ineffective and the series will need to be started again.
Annual wellness exams.
Tick-bourne disease tests
Pharmaceuticals, heartworm and flea/tick prevention.
OFA certification - hip/elbow
Collaboration with a radiology specialist.
Spays and neuters
General soft tissue surgery
Cruciate ligament repairs
General orthopedic procedures, fracture repair
Highest level of pain management offered
Ultra-safe anesthetics tailored to the pet’s needs
State of the art anesthetic monitoring equipment
ICU recovery area
Dental cleanings and polishings
In House Laboratory
Serum chemistry / hematology
Urinalysis / fecal flotation
Full pathology/biopsy services
Complete internal medicine work-ups.
Extensive, long term professional association with area specialists for referrals