Deer ticks are out and active, make sure your pet is protected
Deer ticks become active and begin looking for a blood meal at temperatures of 30 degrees F or higher. Anoka county is an endemic area for Lyme disease and so it is extra important to make sure that pets are protected. All dogs and outdoor cats will benefit from a flea/tick preventative such as Frontline. Additionally, dogs can be vaccinated against Lyme disease, which is recomended for all dogs in this geographical area.
It is important to check pets for attached ticks at least once a day. Prompt removal of ticks will reduce the risk of transmission of tick-born disease. If you are unsure if the tick that was removed is a deer tick, the Metropolitan Mosquito Control District offers a free tick identification service. For information regarding this service please follow the link below.
For more information on available flea/tick preventatives or the Lyme vaccine, please contact us at 763-421-6995.
Even mild outdoor weather can be too warm to leave a pet in the car!
Many people enjoy bringing their pet for car rides, but as summer approaches the outdoor temperatures become too high to safey leave a pet in a vehicle, even for just 10 minutes, even with the windows open. Open the link to read the full article.
Canine Influenza: What You Need To Know
A new strain of Canine Influenza has broken out this year with numerous confirmed cases across the US. The most recent information available to us indicates that 32 cases have been confirmed in Minnesota in Wright County. Due to recent media attention regarding the new flu strain, many people are wondering if their own dog may be at risk.
Firstly, it is of importance to be aware that there are currently two forms of Canine Influenza. H3N8 is the "old" version and was first identified in 2004. The newer version that was identified in 2015 is the H3N2 strain. There has been a vaccine available for the H3N8 strain for some time now, but it does not cross-protect against H3N2. There is now a vaccine available for the new H3N2 strain. For full protection dogs must receive 2 vaccinations, 3 weeks apart. It takes time for the body to mount an appropriate immune response and full immunity is not reached until 2-3 weeks after the second booster.
Canine Influenza is transmitted through direct contact with respiratory discharge from infected dogs (e.g., contact with the nasal discharge, etc.); by air through sneezing, barking, coughing; or by exposure to contaminated objects (e.g., such as dog bowls, cages, clothing, etc.)Indoor dogs that do not routinely socialize with other dogs, and are not taken to boarding facilities, doggy-day-care or dog parks are at the lowest risk for flu and unlikely to be exposed. Dogs that go to shows, day-care, boarding facilities or are exposed to environments with high dog numbers have a higher risk of exposure.
We advise all dog owners to protect their pets by avoiding any unnecessary contact with other dogs. This includes avoiding common gathering places such as dog parks. Owners and their pets should also avoid known locations where influenza has been reported. Avoid close contact with any coughing dog, even if your own dog is not currently with you, as infection can potentially occur from contact with contaminated clothing, shoes, etc.
Symptoms to watch for include
- Excessive panting
- Exercise intolerance
- Discharge from the nose
- Not eating
- Difficulty breathing
- Blue-tinged gums
If your dog exhibits any of these signs, please keep him isolated from other dogs and contact your veterinarian immediately. We ask that anyone with a dog showing potential symptoms of influenza to please contact us by phone for a consultation prior to bringing your dog into the clinic. You may be asked to take special precautions to limit your dog's exposure to other patients in the clinic.
Please contact us if you have any questions regarding the H3N2 outbreak, or if you would like to schedule your dog for vaccination.
As of 2015, all rodentacides sold on the US consumer market meet regulations set forth by an Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) policy aimed at mitigating rodenticide exposure to humans and non-targeted species, including companion animals. This policy resulted in the removal of all residential second generation anticoagulant rodenticides from the consumer market (agricultural and restricted use by liscensed operators is still permitted. As a direct consequence, there has been a dramatic increase in theproduction and sales of non-anticoagulant rodenticides, specifically bromethalin and cholecalciferol. BROMETHALIN: Most commercial brands of bromethalin baits contain 0.01% concentration. Doses greater than 0.1 mg/kg necessitate treatment in dogs. Experts consider cats to be three times as sensitive as dogs to bromethalin, so any dose in cats necessitates treatment. Bromethalin is a neurotoxin. There is no antidote for this poison. Call your veterinarian immediately if you think your pet has been exposed. Time is of the essence in a case of bromethalin poisoning. Treatment must be done as soon as possible and includes vomiting and giving activated charcoal to absorb the toxin. Signs of toxicity are convulsions and paralysis. Once signs begin, treatment is very difficult and most patients die. CHOLECALCIFEROL: Most commercial cholecalciferol containing baits have concentration of 0.075%. Doses greater than 0.1 mg/kg necessitate treatment for both dogs and cats. Chlolecalciferol increases intestinal absorption of calcium, stimulates bone resorption, and enhances renal tubular resorption of calcium. This results in a blood serum calcium increase. Prolonged elevation of serum calcium can lead to soft tissue mineralization resulting in acute renal (kidney) failure and cardiovascular abnormalities. There is no antidote. Call your veterinarian immediately if you suspect your pet has been exposed. Rapid treatment improves the prognosis in cases of cholecalciferol poisoning. Treatment includes vomiting and giving activated charcoal to absorb the toxin. Signs of toxicity are typically delayed onset and usually observed 18-36 hours post-ingestion.The most common signs of toxicity include vomiting, diarrhea, inappetence, depression/lethargy, and increased thirst and urination. PREVENTIVE MEASURES: Keep all rodenticides out of reach of pets. Know which toxin is contained in the brand of rodenticide used in your home. If your pet is exposed, get treatment immediately. Pet Poison Control 1-800-764-7661 www.http.petpoisonhelpline.com A $59 incident fee applies