Important Information about Canine Influenza
November 20, 2017
Vaccination against New Dog Virus Required for Boarding, Bathing and Grooming
Recently, we have received questions from pet owners about a new dog virus called canine influenza. This illness puts dogs at risk, but you can protect your dog.
Within the last 45 days, there have been 77 positive cases in Kentucky and 35 positive cases in Ohio, including locally. To best protect our patients, we are requiring the canine influenza vaccine for all of our boarders, baths, and grooms.
Canine influenza is a virus that causes respiratory disease in dogs. Affected dogs may develop coughing, nasal discharge, fever, lethargy and loss of appetite. The signs of infection are similar to those of other respiratory diseases in dogs. With proper medical attention, most dogs will recover. However, in some cases, canine influenza can progress to a more severe or even life-threatening condition, such as pneumonia.
Canine influenza is highly contagious, so dogs visiting places such as doggie day cares, dog parks, boarding and grooming facilities are at higher risk for becoming infected. Making the situation even more difficult to control is that dogs can spread the virus before signs of illness appear. Canine influenza is a highly-contagious respiratory disease that spreads easily from dog to dog or indirectly transmitted through bowls, toys, clothes, or hands of the owner. Unlike human flu, which is seasonal, canine influenza can strike year round.
The best way to protect your dog from the canine influenza is through vaccination.
The initial vaccination requires two doses of each vaccine, given 2 to 4 weeks apart. Thereafter, an annual booster for influenza is recommended for continued protection.
Please call us to discuss any questions you might have and to set up an appointment. To learn more about canine influenza, visit DogFlu.com.
November is National Pet Diabetes Month
November 8, 2017
There’s lots to know in November! Check out our monthly chalkboard:
Cats and dogs can develop diabetes, just like people can. The disease is fairly common, in fact. Diabetes is reported to affect anywhere between 1 in 100 to 1 in 500 dogs and cats. Diabetic pets can list happy, healthy lives when their diabetes is well-regulated. The key is early diagnosis and treatment.
3 Signs Your Pet Might Have Diabetes
If you notice these signs in your pet, please make an appointment with us.
- Increased drinking
- Increased urination
- Weight loss, despite a good appetite (or even increased appetite)
Complications of Diabetes in Dogs and Cats
This information is from Pet Diabetes Month’s website:
“Dogs and cats with diabetes can develop other health problems, usually after living with diabetes for a year or more.
“For dogs, the most common complication of diabetes is cataract formation. Persistently high blood glucose levels make the lens of the eye become opaque, causing blindness.
“For cats, weakness of the hind legs is a common complication. Persistently high blood glucose levels may damage nerves, causing weakness and muscle wasting.
“For both dogs and cats, avoiding high blood glucose levels should help prevent or delay these complications. For this reason, early diagnosis of diabetes in your dog or cat is especially important.”
What is Life Like with a Diabetic Pet?
Watch this video of real pet owners describing the care and treatment of their diabetic pets– you’ll see that diabetes management is something most people can do!
October is Adopt-a-Shelter-Dog Month
October 11, 2017
ASPCA’s Adopt-a-Shelter Dog Month
Shelter dogs are our favorite pups! If you’re seeking a new canine companion, consider attending one of these events sponsored by Animal Friends Humane Society.
October 14, 2017 – Camping World Pet Adoption Event
October 21, 2017 – Petmobile at Pet Valu
October 22, 2017 – The HOWL
October 28, 2017 – BOO Fest
October 31, 2017 – Halloween Event at BCSO
Top 5 Reasons to Adopt a Shelter Pet
If you need a good reason to adopt a shelter pet, we have five!
- Adopting helps end pet homelessness
- Shelter pets have been behavior-tested
- Shelter pets have been spayed or neutered
- Shelters have the largest selection of pets around
- When you adopt a pet, you are saving a life
Other Ways to Help Rescue Dogs
Can’t adopt another pooch right now? How about joining the 5th Annual Paw Joggers Rescue Run at Sharon Woods Park?
Or volunteer your time with the Animal Adoption Foundation as a foster parent or volunteer. Donations for the care and well-being of the animals are also appreciated!
Howl-o-ween with Your Pet!
October 5, 2017
Spooktacular Pet-Friendly Halloween Events in Cincinnati
Check out these events from Cincinnati.com for some Halloween fun with your pets!
Oct. 7-29: U-Pick Pumpkins, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, noon-5 p.m. Sunday, Simmons Farms, 3020 Schaller Road, Bethel. Pumpkin patch, trebuchet pumpkin launching, hay wagon rides, 2 acre corn maze, hay mountain, farm animals, farm store. Family-friendly. Pets welcome. Free admission. 513-734-3117.
Saturday, Oct. 14: Spooky Pooch, 11 a.m.-4 p.m., Washington Park Glendale, Washington Ave., Glendale. Features grooming exhibition, lure and off leash play and costume contest. Events for humans and pups of all ages. Costume contest parade and other ticket-purchase opportunities. Benefits Multiple Animal Rescues. Free. Registration recommended. 614-286-2802; www.spookypooch.com.
Sunday, Oct. 22: Howl-O-Ween in the Park, noon-3 p.m., Caldwell Nature Preserve, 430 W. North Bend, Carthage. You and your canine companion enjoy photo booth, costume contest, and goody bags. $10 per dog. 513-352-4080; parks.cincyregister.com/howloween2017.
Sunday, Oct. 22: Howl-O-Wine, noon, Vinoklet Winery and Restaurant, 11069 Colerain Ave., Colerain Township. Bring your pooch to winery and enjoy games and costume contest. Wine, beer, soft drinks, and snacks for purchase. Free admission and parking. 513-385-9309.
Sunday, Oct. 22: MainStrasse Village Dog Pawrade, 12:30 p.m.-3:30 p.m., Goebel Park, Philadelphia Street between Fifth and Sixth, Covington. This year’s theme is “Love Your Village, Love Your Pet.” Dress up dog and join fun. Dogs will walk along 6th St. Promenade at 2:30 p.m. Each registered dog receives gift bag. Prizes for best costumes. Music, vendors. photo booth and more. Free. $5 registration per dog to qualify for prizes 859-491-0458.
Sunday, Oct. 22: Barks & Broomsticks, 2-5 p.m., Urban Artifact, 1660 Blue Rock St., Northside. Bring pooch to Halloween event for animal lovers. Costume contest, raffle, games, and more. Benefits YPCA Cincinnati. $10, $5. 513-620-4729.
Thursday, Oct. 26: Happy Howl-O-Ween Yappy Hour, 7-9 p.m., Tap & Screw Brewery, 4721 Red Bank Rd., Oakley. Bring dog for costume contest. Benefits the National Canine Cancer Foundation. $5 donation. 513-451-1763.
Saturday, Oct. 28: Boo Fest, noon-6 p.m., Liberty Center, 7100 Foundry Row, Liberty Township. Pet parade, kids activities, trick or treating at participating stores, and prizes. Parade begins at 1 p.m. Free. 513-644-0900.
Sunday, Oct. 29: Howlaween Parade, 1 p.m. (check-in 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.), Beech Acres Park, 6910 Salem Road, Anderson Township. Dogs and their owners can show off Halloween costumes. Advanced registration required for each dog (and adult handler) to take part in parade. Registration runs October 2-25 (or when event sells out). $5 per dog. Registration required. 513-388-4513.
September is Animal Pain Awareness Month
September 12, 2017
Learn to Recognize the Signs of Chronic Pain in Your Pet
The International Veterinary Academy of Pain Management designates September as Animal Pain Awareness Month. Pets don’t always show obvious chronic pain symptoms like whining or wincing. Learn to recognize these signs of pain in cats and dogs to help your pet receive speedier relief.
Most Common Signs Your Pet is in Pain
Call us if you notice these signs of pain in your dog or cat:
- Not going up or down stairs like normal
- Difficulty standing after lying down
- Over-grooming or licking a particular area
- Decreased appetite
- Reluctance to jump up onto surfaces
- Decreased activity
Treating Your Pet’s Pain
Often, your dog or cat doesn’t have to live with chronic pain. There are therapies to prevent and/or manage the pain. Your pet’s treatment will depend on his or her diagnosis. If you’re concerned your pet may be in pain, make an appointment by calling (513) 829-8989. Let’s work together to help your pet live a healthy and happy life.
Get in the Oktoberfest Spirit with the Running of the Weiners!
September 1, 2017
Celebrate Zinzinnati’s favorite festival in Dachshund style! Taking place Friday, September 15 at 11:30AM, the Running of the Wieners is the annual kickoff to Oktoberfest Zinzinnati.
Each dachshund, outfitted in their provided hot dog bun costume, will run approximately 75 feet in heats of ten to their owners at the opposite end. The winner of each heat will compete in a final race to determine the winning wiener dog! Prizes will be awarded to the 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners!
Check-in for participants is from 10AM-11AM, and there is a $25 entrance fee (which includes a hot dog bun costume for your dog and T-shirt for you).
Click here to register online.
Even if you don’t have a Dachshund to enter in the race, this is a fabulous spectator sport. Share your pictures with us on Instagram and Facebook!
September 15-17, 2017
Second and Third Streets, between Walnut and Elm Streets, downtown Cincinnati
August is National Immunization Awareness Month
August 8, 2017
Vaccination Schedules for Cats and Dogs
Immunization is just as important for your pet as for humans. Many vaccines can be given to a puppy or kitten as young as six weeks old and will protect against potentially deadly bacteria and viruses found in your pet’s everyday environment.
Take a look at these suggested vaccination schedules presented by WebMD, and please give us a call if you have any questions about your dog or cat’s immunization status.
Vaccination Schedule for Dogs
Vaccination Schedule for Cats
Be Prepared! July 15th is Pet Fire Safety Day
July 10, 2017
Each year, 40,000 pets die in house fires. And pets start about 1,000 fires every year. These tragic statistics show why it’s so important to prepare for an emergency with your pet in mind. And Pet Fire Safety Day is a great reminder to get ready.
How to Prepare for an Emergency
When practicing your emergency plan, make sure to include your pet. Practice evacuating and agree with your family ahead of time where you will meet in case of a fire. Also:
- Get a rescue alert sticker, available from many retailers, like these
- Arrange a safe haven
- Make an emergency kit
- Keep identification on your pet
What Should Be Included in Your Pet Emergency Kit?
Your pet’s emergency kit should be small and portable, including only the essentials. Place it close to an exit, so it’s easy to grab. Consider including these items:
- Food and bottled water
- Plastic bags and paper towels, to clean up waste
- Bowl, can opener
- Medications and medical records
- Leashes, harnessed or carriers for safe transportation
- Current photos, in case your pet becomes lost
- Toys, pet beds
- Emergency contact numbers
5 More Pet Fire Safety Tips
Watch this short video for five quick safety tips!
Have questions about emergency planning or fire safety? Give us a call at (513) 829-8989.
Get Involved in July!
June 26, 2017
Make a Summer Commitment to Help Animals in Need
These animal events for a cause are scheduled for July 2017, and your participation would help even more animals in need! From local to road trip, consider these three options for sharing your love and time.
Animal Adoption Foundation Volunteer Orientation
Volunteers are always needed at Animal Adoption Foundation, and this July could be your chance to start making a difference in the lives of Hamilton, OH cats and dogs. First, complete their volunteer application, then sign up for these orientation classes:
Level 1 and 2 classes are offered on the same day, so you can take one right after the other.
2017 Hank Kabel Sarcoma 5K Walk/Run for Canine Cancer
Take a road trip to Lancaster, OH to benefit canine cancer organization Hank Kabel Sarcoma Foundation. The 5K Walk/Run is Saturday, July 15 at 8:30 A.M.
The event is held to help the Hank Kabel Sarcoma Foundation raise money and awareness for canine cancer and to honor Hank and all other dogs who have lost their battle to this devastating disease. Prizes and recognition will be given to teams who raise the most money, and to the winners of the race.
For tickets and to learn more, click here.
Greyt Greyhound Gathering
Head south to Shelbyville, KY and show your support for greyhounds with this event by Kentucky Greyhound Placement. This free festival is Saturday, July 22 from 10AM-5PM.
Event will include Blessing of the Hounds, prepaid catered lunch, costume contest, Ask the Vet and live music during the closing of the silent auction and lots of vendors (for greyhounds, dogs, also hand crafted items as well as Kentucky themed items. In space is available additional vendors will also be included). Admission is free (no ticket required), unless you want the prepaid lunch, email KyGreyhounds@yahoo.com for information.
Learn more and register for the gathering by clicking here.
Heat Stroke and Heat Exhaustion are Summer Dangers for Your Dog
June 13, 2017
Summer is here, and we love enjoying the outdoors with our dogs! But we need to be careful– dogs can suffer heat exhaustion in just 15 minutes.
Signs of Heat Stroke
If your dog displays any of these symptoms, bring your pet inside or to a shady place right away and call your veterinarian.
- Heavy panting, difficulty breathing, excessive thirst
- Bright red tongue and mucous membranes, which turn grey as shock sets in
- Unsteadiness and staggering
- Thick saliva, drooling, vomiting and/or diarrhea
Preventing Heat Stroke
Some dogs are more at risk of overheating, so pay especially close attention if your dog is:
To keep your dog safe this summer, follow these tips:
- Provide pets with cool, fresh water at all times
- Limit jogging and bicycling with your dog and keep walks early or later, when the temperatures are cooler
- Keep pets indoors with the A/C during the heat of the day
If you think your pet is experiencing heat exhaustion or heat stroke, call us right away at (513) 829-8989.