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.
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.
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."
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?...
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).