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New News on Canine Flu (January 2016)

Canine Flu is again in the news with a recent article in the New York Times and recent approval of a second Canine Flu vaccine against the Asian version of the virus.

Canine Flu is caused by the influenza virus and is spread easily through airborne droplets, licking, coughing. During an outbreak, spread is likely to be very fast with most exposed individuals becoming sick. Much like the Human Flu, Dog Flu is expected to make many sick, with only a few being very ill and an even smaller number dying. Also, like the Human Flu, there are different versions of the flu vaccine with different efficacy depending on the version that is spreading. Sadly, there is not yet a Dog Flu shot that contains both versions of the virus.

Kennel Cough is different from Canine Flu. Kennel Cough is generally milder with a harsh, lasting cough but no fever, lack of appetite and lethargy while Dog Flu is more likely to come with a fever, lethargy and lack of appetite along with the upper respiratory symptoms.

Current information shows two primary flu epidemic areas. The initial version of the flu has been found in Florida and New York City for years with periodic outbreaks. The new version of the flu, introduced from Asia, had a large epidemic area in Chicago that spread into other parts of the Midwest and has popped up in different locales since last spring.

Luckily, there have been no local epidemics. Please watch this website or our Facebook page for more information during a local outbreak.

Currently we are not routinely vaccinating against the Flu virus. Because there are 2 versions of the illness and vaccine, your dog's exposure is not predictable. If you are traveling with your dog to known outbreak areas, first we can vaccine based on the information on that viral version and second, are you sure you want to take your dog?

Finally, during an outbreak the best prevention is DO NOT allow your dog to come in direct contact with any dog, even one that seems healthy, and watch out for indirect contact like licking an outdoor water source that other dogs may be drinking from or not washing your hands after touching unknown dogs.

Staying away from areas that dogs naturally group together like the dog park, training class, groomers, boarding facilities and even the veterinarian's office will cut down on chances of exposure.

Why Vaccinate for Rabies?

Rabies is a fatal disease that is transmitted to people by their pets and wildlife, including bats.  It is required by law that your pet be vaccinated against Rabies.  Even an indoor cat should be vaccinated.  Are you sure your cat will never wander or accidently get out?  How about if you find a bat in your home?  Bats carry Rabies and having a bat indoors is a common exposure for the indoor only cat and their human family.  ALL pets should be vaccinated!!

Peanut Butters containing Xylitol Warning

Xylitol is a sugar free sweetner used in many human products, especially those aimed at diabetics.  It is VERY dangerous to dogs and can cause severe liver disease or even death if ingested in large enough quantities.  Xylitol is found in many products, from toothpaste, mouthwash, breath strips, certain medications and vitamins, throat lozenges, hard candies, and gums.  Now xylitol is being put in some food products, most alarming peanut butter.

Please check all labels. Below is an INCOMPLETE list of products that have at some point contained xylitol.

For a detailed list of products that contain xylitol please go to: www.preventivevet.com/xylitol-products-toxic-for-dogs

Peanut Butters that may contain xylitol:

Go Nuts Co. 

Krush Nutrition

Nut's N' More

P28 Foods

Protein Plus PB

Other items that may contain xylitol:

sugar-free gums like Orbit, Mentos, Ice Breakers, Pur, Starbucks, Stride, Nicorette, Trident

medications, especially children's medications, like Allegra

vitamins, especially gummy vitamins, like Gummy Vites, Nature's Plus

diabetic candies


breath strips

throat lozenges




some yogurts

some protein bars

Budgeted Wellness Care

Delmar Animal Hospital is unveiling a new program called Budgeted Wellness Care.  This program has been developed to help you budget for the preventative care of your beloved pets!

Preventative care includes annual exams, vaccines, screening tests, heartworm prevention (like Heartgard)  and ectoparasite (flea/tick) prevention (like Vectra, Frontline, Revolution). 

Animals who routinely receive preventative care are known to live longer, healthier lives. Budgeting for that care allows the pet owner to ensure their pet receives the healthcare they deserve through regular yearly visits to their veterinarian. When a veterinarian sees a pet regularly, they are more adept at picking up on problems because they know that animal well.

Budgeted Wellness Care is NOT pet insurance and does not cover any surgeries, medications or sick care.  It is meant only to allow pet owners to divide the wellness care (annual preventative care) into manageable monthly amounts that can be automatically debited from a checking or savings account, debit or credit card.

At your pet's next annual visit, the reception staff and veterinarian will be available to discuss Budgeted Wellness Care and answer any questions you may have about this program.  If you are interested, your pet's individualized preventative care program for the following year will be budgeted into 12 automatic monthly payments.  When you return next year, your pet's wellness care will be provided and the invoice will have been prepaid.

Please see FAQ for more details about the Delmar Animal Hospital Budgeted Wellness Care program!



Free Microchips for New Puppies and Kittens!

Microchips are a great way to permanently identify your new family member, so if they are ever lost from you they have a much better chance of being found and returned home!

We offer free microchipping to clients who bring their young puppies and kittens in for routine vaccine care and supplemental wellness training. To be eligible, puppies and kittens need to be seen before 12 weeks of age and begun on vaccines appropriate to their breed and lifestyle. At that time, our veterinarians will also spend time discussing behavior, training, nutrition and care appropriate for the new baby of the family.  When your puppy or kitten returns for spaying/neutering at 6-9 months old, the microchip will be painlessly implanted while they are under anesthesia.

While the microchip is free, you will pay a $17.99 fee for Home Again to register the microchip on their website. FOREVER after that, your pets microchip number is linked with the name, address and phone numbers you provide on the registry papers. No further cost is involved!  You can update that information in the future in case of changes, but small fees might be involved with changes.

Home Again is one of several reputable microchip companies in the United States and has been around for more than a decade. Their microchips meet standards for international travel, as well as being incredibly effective in the return of lost pets!


Canine Influenza Update & FAQs: April 14, 2015

April 14, 2015

The canine influenza outbreak afflicting more than 1,000 dogs in Chicago and other parts of the Midwest is caused by a different strain of the virus that was earlier assumed, according to laboratory scientists at Cornell University and the University of Wisconsin.  Researchers at Cornell say results from additional testing indicate that the outbreak is being caused by a virus closely related to Asian strains of influenza A H3N2 viruses, currently in wide circulation in southern Chinese and South Korean dog populations since being identified in 2006. The following is a list of Frequently Asked Questions about H3N2. The answers are based on what we know to date.

Does H3N2 pose a risk to humans?  Is there any chance it will jump to cats or other small pets?

At this time there are no known cases of this influenza virus infecting humans, though authorities such as the CDC are monitoring the situation closely.

This subtype of the virus was found to be the cause of disease in a number of cats in South Korea in 2010.  At this time no cats in the US have been diagnosed with H3N2.  For now, similar precautions for dogs should be followed.  There is no vaccine available for cats.

Will the vaccine developed for H3N8 protect against H3N2?

Although the H3 viruses, H3N2 is antigenically different from the H3N8 virus strain, so it is likely to be seen differently by the immune system.  While the H3N8 vaccine may offer some protection against the H3N2 virus, how much protection - if any - remains unknown.

How can owners protect their pets?

Owners should check with their veterinarian to find out if the influenza virus has been a problem in their area.  If the dog is deemed to be at increased risk, it may be prudent to keep the dog out of situations where contact with other dogs can occur.

Care should be taken when handling a dog that has respiratory disease.  Contaminated objects such as leashes and toys can spread the virus from one dog to another, as can people who have touched an infected dog.

What kinds of dogs are most at risk for H3N2?

As with H3N8, dogs at most risk are those that have contact with other dogs, particularly those that are having symptoms of a respiratory infection.

Situations that pose risk include boarding kennels, grooming salons, canine daycare, dog parks, animal shelters, and any other locations where dogs can interact.

As with other infectious diseases, extra precautions may be necessary with puppies, elderly dogs and dogs that are immunocompromised for any reason.  Especially severe disease has been seen in some groups of greyhounds.

What are the symptoms?

The symptoms are respiratory in nature and can vary from dog to dog.  Some have no symptoms while others become severely ill.  Most dogs are only mildly affected with a fever, runny nose, and a cough.  Others can suffer from life-threatening pneumonia.

Letter from Dr. Laura Tenney on her Retirement

The Delmar Animal Hospital will be saying a begrudging farewell to Dr. Laura Tenney after 30 years of practicing veterinary medicine.  She started practice with Dr. Lynk, Lyman and Vaughn in 1984 as a fresh faced Cornell graduate. A mixed animal practitioner, Dr. Tenney can count cattle, sheep, goats, cats and dogs among her patients. She met her husband of nearly 25 years on a late night emergency farm call! Her last day of practice will be November 12, 2014.


From Dr. Tenney:

Dear Friends,

After thirty fulfilling years of practice at the Delmar Animal Hospital, I will be retiring this fall.  Thank you for entrusting me with the care of your pets over the years, and for challenging me to always search for the best answers.  It has been an honor and a pleasure working with you and getting to know your families.

I wish you many future years filled with all the joys that animals bring to our lives.

With kind regards,

Laura Tenney DVM


Flea and tick protection has just gotten easier!

Nexgard, a once a month chewable treat, is available for dogs.

A drug, not a pesticide, Nexgard is FDA approved. It is safe and effective for the prevention of fleas and ticks. It cannot be washed off and has no residue that is dangerous to other pets.

Nexgard kills the flea or tick after it bites the dog, so it may not be the first choice of protection for highly flea allergic animals.

It is widely accepted as a treat, and like all medicines that taste good, should be kept out of reach of the pets.

If you are happy with your present flea/tick prevention, there is no need to change. But if you are searching for something easier or want to avoid using pesticides, Nexgard is for you and your dog or puppy!

Shouldn’t I be using Trifexis?

Trifexis is a new prevention product for dogs that protects them from heartworm disease, internal parasites (roundworms/hookworms/whipworms), and fleas. It is a once a month oral medication that dogs generally take willingly. It is winning many green awards for being environmentally friendly.

So why isn't the Delmar Animal Hospital using it?


Trifexis has no tick prevention or repellant properties. In upstate New York ticks are still a major worry and vector of disease. Currently we recommend using heartworm prevention with internal parasite control (like Heartgard) AND a flea and tick topical (like Vectra or Frontline).

So, for our snowbird clients, use the Trifexis your Florida veterinarian may be suggesting while in Florida. But we suggest using Vectra or Frontline with Heartgard while you are back in upstate New York!

Veterinary Pet Insurance (VPI) compares Cost of Treatment to Cost of Prevention

Veterinary Pet Insurance (VPI), a leading pet insurance company, released a cost analysis of the five most common preventitive pet conditions for their insured pet population for 2012.

DENTAL DISEASE: for example, tooth infections, periodontal disease

Average Treatment Cost: $531.71

Average Prevention Cost: $171.82

INTERNAL PARASITES: for example, round worms, tape worms, giardiasis

Average Treatment Cost: $179.93

Average Prevention Cost: $29.51

EXTERNAL PARASITES: for example Heartworm disease transmitted by mosquitos, Lyme disease transmitted by ticks, flea allergic dermatitis

Average Treatment Cost: $180.67

Average Prevention Cost: $84.89

INFECTIOUS DISEASE: for example parvovirus, Lyme disease, feline leukemia virus

Average Treatment Cost: $678.24

Average Prevention Cost (dogs by core vaccines): $85.14

Average Prevention Cost (cats by core vaccines): $74.52

REPRODUCTIVE ORGAN DISEASE: for example pyometra, prostatitis, ovarian neoplasia

Average Treatment Cost: $531.98

Average Prevention Cost (spay/neuter): $260.69

Carol McConnell, DVM and chief veterinary medical officer for VPI suggests "Similar to ensuring that all members of the family see their doctor regularly for wellness visits, it's just as important for pets.  Taking preventive measures can avoid more serious and expensive medical conditions from arising down the road and helps keep our furry, four-legged family members on track for a long and healthy life."

Top 10 Flea Myths

Think you know about fleas and their impact on your pet?  Read these common myths to test your knowledge.

#1 Myth:  A few fleas are no big deal.  Reality:  You've heard the expression "breeding like rabbits?"  Well, rabbits have nothing on fleas - a few fleas can turn into a massive infestation in a hurry.  And, if your pet is sensitive to flea antigen, even one or two bites can make him/her very uncomfortable.  Your pet deserves to be completely free of fleas.

#2 Myth:  Pets need flea preventive only a few months out of the year.  Reality:  In many warm, humid areas, fleas thrive year-round.  Even in more seasonal climates, a warm spring or fall can extend the flea season to 9 or 10 months of the year.  Plus, fleas can survive on your pet and inside anywhere!  Year-round flea control is best for your pet.

#3 Myth:  I've never seen a flea on my pet, so she doesn't need flea control.  Reality:  You may be in flea denial.  Just because you don't see fleas doesn't mean they aren't there.  Your veterinarian can use a special comb to detect fleas and their waste, so ask her to do this if she hasn't already.  Even if your pet's clean, she can pick up fleas at  any time, so it's a good idea to protect him/her.

#4 Myth:  I can get good flea products at the pet store.  Reality:  Over the counter flea control products are not as potent and therefore not as effective as the prescription products you can get from your veterinarian.  Some are even toxic, especially if administered incorrectly.  Your pet's doctor can prescribe the best product for your pet and his/her lifestyle (does he/she swim?  hunt rodents?) and show you exactly how to apply it.

#5 Myth:  Once I treat my pet and the fleas go away, my work is done.  Reality:  One of the biggest mistakes pet owners make is to stop giving a flea product after the fleas go away.  One of the reasons you need to provide continuous control is this:  Pets can become ultrasensitive to fleas if they're intermittently exposed.  In other words, if you notice fleas, treat them, and three months later they come back, and then you treat them again and three months later they come back again, your pet is more likely to develop flea allergy dermatitis - a condition that causes itchiness, lesions, and hair loss. 

#6 Myth:  I only need to treat my one flea-ridden pet, not the other pets in my household.  Reality:  All pets in your household need to be treated - especially the cats and even the guinea pig.  Some pets are more sensitive to fleas than others, so if you treat only the pet that's scratching, he/she is likely to be reinfested by other pets that also have fleas but aren't giving you any itchy signals.

#7 Myth:  I can't afford to give a flea preventive monthly.  Reality:  Compared to the stress and cost of treating flea-related related illnesses, monthly control is a low-cost alternative. 

#8 Myth:  My pet stays in the back yard, so he won't pick up fleas.  Reality:  Your yard is constantly being visited by wildlife such as raccoons and opossums, as well as other neighborhood pets (cats are notorious roamers).  These animals can spread fleas and flea eggs, which can infest your pet.

#9 Myth:  All flea preventives protect pets from fleas only.  Reality:  Flea products are often combined with agents that control other parasites as well, helping protect your pets from additional diseases-some of which can be transmitted to you.  Keeping your pets on flea control is best for the whole family.

#10 Myth:  Flea products are toxic.  Reality:  Unlike "natural" products, prescription flea control agents have been extensively tested and approved by the FDA.  You veterinarian and members of the hospital team use these products on their own pets, and they can answer any questions you have about safety.

Complimentary Microchip Offer

The Delmar Animal Hospital would like to promote responsible and loving pet care for owners of new puppies and kittens.  To support this, we offer complimentary microchipping at spaying or neutering of all puppies and kittens that have received our standard new puppy or kitten well care visits.

Standard Puppy Well Care includes at least two well visits during the formative weeks of 8-20 weeks old, DHPP vaccine series of at least 2 vaccines and the Rabies vaccine.  The microchip will be implanted during the spaying or neutering procedure when the puppy is 6-7 months old.

Standard Kitten Well Care includes at least two well visits during the formative weeks of 8-20 weeks old, FVRCP vaccine series of at least 2 vaccines and the Rabies vaccine.  The microchip will be implanted during the spaying or neutering procedure when the kitten is 6 months old.

We now carry Vectra 3D flea & tick preventative

Vectra 3D is a monthly, spot-on product that quickly kills fleas and ticks.  It contains a growth inhibitor that prevents fleas from producing viable eggs and larvae.  It also contains a repellent to help keep fleas, ticks and mosquitos away from your dog.  Due to the repellent activity, this product is not safe for cats and we recommend using it with caution in homes that house both dogs and cats.

Why choose Vectra 3D instead of Frontline or Advantix?...

We decided to start offering Vectra 3D for several reasons:

  • contains a newer parasiticide that has proven to work well over the past several years
  • applicator is easier to use, no need to part the hair on a wiggly dog!
  • more cost effective

We also offer Nexgard and Frontline Plus and they are great products, especially for households with cats and for small dogs that sometimes react to the repellent.

Please feel free to call the office and speak to any of our staff about the various flea/tick products available or to place an order.



2014 Pumpkin Contest Winners…..

Our pumpkin carving contest was a great success! There was a tie for 1st place between Kathy's "Fire Breathing Dragon" and Michael's "Don't Be A Bully." Thank you to all of you who voted either online or at the Delmar Animal Hospital.

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Please look at our Frequently Asked Questions page. We strive to add information that may be relevant for you and your pet. Recently added information includes discussions about Kennel Cough, how to catch urine from your pet, micro-chipping, pet insurance, and household dangers like chocolate and xylitol (sugarless sweetener in gum and candy).

Online Ordering

Online ordering for prescription foods and medication refills is now available.

Fill out the simple online form and skip the phone call!