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Should Your Dog Be Vaccinated Against The Canine Influenza Outbreak? | Care2 Causes

By: Laura Goldmanh
January 25, 2018

We’re all aware of the H3N2 flu epidemic that’s made tens of thousands of people sick, but did you know the highly contagious canine influenza (CI) is also spreading across the United States and parts of Canada?

Dogs are becoming infected with the canine influenza virus (CIV) through direct contact with other dogs, nasal secretions, contaminated objects like food bowls and leashes, and by people moving between infected and uninfected dogs, according to the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA). It’s important to note that dogs rarely get sick from humans with the flu, and there’s no evidence (for now, at least) that dogs with the virus can transmit it to humans – but cats in an Indiana shelter became sickened with it in 2016.

There are currently two strains of the canine influenza virus (CIV) in the U.S.: H3N8 and H3N2. The H3N8 strain, which originated in horses and then spread to dogs, was first identified in 2004 in Florida’s racing greyhounds and has since spread to dozens of other states. Three years ago, the H3N2 strain caused a CI outbreak in Chicago. It was the first time this strain sickened dogs (and cats) outside Asia, where it had previously been identified.

All dogs are at risk for getting the flu. CI is deadliest for puppies and senior dogs, as well as dogs with weakened immune systems. Fortunately, the death rate is under 10 percent.
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Symptoms to Watch For

Dogs with the flu virus may show symptoms like the following:

A persistent cough
Thick nasal discharge
Fever of 104 to 105 degrees
Lack of appetite

If your dog has any of these symptoms, go see a veterinarian. Because CI symptoms are similar to kennel cough and other illnesses, your veterinarian can run laboratory tests that will diagnose if your dog has the flu. If that’s the case, your vet may prescribe an antibiotic to fight secondary infections and an anti-inflammatory to reduce fever and pain. In severe cases, your dog may need fluid therapy to restore hydration, and hospitalization may be necessary.

About 20 percent of infected dogs show no symptoms at all, but they can still be contagious.
Does Your Dog Really Need a Flu Shot?

Fortunately, just as for people, a flu shot is available for dogs. Although it may not completely prevent dogs from getting sick, it can significantly decrease the symptoms, severity and spread of infection.

The vaccine can be given to dogs that are six weeks of age and older. The initial two vaccines are given to dogs six weeks apart. After that, dogs receive an annual booster shot.

The AVMA refers to the flu shot as a “lifestyle” vaccination, meaning it’s recommended for dogs that are frequently exposed to other dogs at parks, boarding facilities, grooming salons and other places. You should confer with your veterinarian to see if your dog needs the vaccination. Be aware that many animal hospitals, kennels and other facilities now require all dogs to be vaccinated against CI.

Prevent the Spread of Canine Influenza

In addition to vaccinating your dog against CI, here are some ways you can prevent the flu from spreading:

Isolate dogs that are infected or have been around an infected dog. Dogs infected with H3N8 should be isolated from other dogs for at least three weeks, while those infected with H3N2 should be isolated for at least one week.
Wash your hands after you touch other dogs. The virus can live on our hands for 12 hours (and on our clothing for 24 hours).
Thoroughly clean food and water bowls, crates and other shared objects. The viruses don’t typically survive longer than 48 hours in the environment, and can be killed by disinfectants (just make sure any cleansers you use are pet friendly).

Since CI can quickly spread in places where dogs are in close contact with each other, please sign and share this petition urging U.S. animal shelters to ensure all dogs stay healthy and adoptable by being vaccinated against the flu.

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Pet Snack Contains Toxic Chemical: Recall – Chemical Free Life

Pet Snack Contains Toxic Chemical: Recall
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Another pet snack recall due to chemicals–this one covers several brands…

Rawhide possibly contaminated with chemicals recalled by United Pet Group

Eileen Faust, Morning Call

A pet treat manufacturer is recalling several brands of rawhide dog chews because they could be contaminated with a chemical used to disinfect manufacturing equipment.

According to a press release from United Pet Group, a division of Spectrum Brands Inc., the packages of rawhide were sold online and distributed to retailers nationwide. United Pet Group issued the voluntary recall after it found certain manufacturing facilities in Mexico and Colombia, and a supplier in Brazil, were using a quaternary ammonium compound to clean food processing equipment. The chemical compound is not approved in the U.S. as a processing aid for rawhide chews.

The company has received a few reports of illnesses in pets that consumed the rawhide covered in this recall…

Quaternary ammonium compounds can cause the following symptoms in dogs that have ingested it: reduced appetite, and gastric irritation including diarrhea and vomiting. These may require treatment by a veterinarian.


Recall Details

All of the dog chew products in the recall have an expiration date ranging from 06/01/2019 through 05/31/2020 printed on the back of the package. This recall is limited to dog chew products that contain rawhide.

The products subject to the recall are described below:
American Beefhide brand

Products with lot codes listed on the back of the package that start with AH are affected. This includes all package sizes and/or weights.

The following contact information appears on the back of the package of the affected products: Manufactured by:Salix Animal Health, LLC; Deerfield Beach, FL 33442


Digest-eeze brand

Products with lot codes listed on the back of the package that start with AH, AV, A, AI, AO, or AB are affected. This includes all package sizes and/or weights.

The following contact information appears on the back of the package of the affected products: Manufactured by:Salix Animal Health, LLC; Deerfield Beach, FL 33442


Healthy Hide (including Healthy Hide – Good -n- Fun and Healthy Hide – Good -n- Fit) brand

Products with lot codes listed on the back of the package that start with AH, AV, A, AI, AO, or AB are affected. This includes all package sizes and/or weights.


The following contact information appears on the back of the package of the affected products: United Pet Group, a Division of Spectrum Brands Inc.; 3001 Commerce St., Blacksburg, VA 24060; 800-645-5154.

Consumers who have purchased the recalled products should dispose of them or return them to United Pet Group or to the retail establishment where they were initially purchased for a full refund.

For more information, call United Pet Group consumer affairs at 855-215-4962 between 8 a.m. and 11 p.m. Eastern Standard Time.

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Wellness Dog Food Recall of March 2017



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Heavy Rains Bring Dog Killing Bacteria | Care2 Causes

Care2 Causes | Heavy Rains Bring Dog-Killing Bacteria to Northern California
By: Tex Dworkin 

February 19, 2017

Northern California has seen more than its fair share of rain this winter. Given the drought, this of course comes as welcomed news for many. But for a few unlucky dogs, the recent rains most likely contributed to their demise.
As KPIX News reported, the rain could be to blame for a deadly bacteria killing Bay Area dogs. In San Francisco, two pets have already died from the disease. The bacteria is called leptospirosis and it’s often found in puddles and other types of stagnant water.

Goussev says that they’ve already seen five leptospirosis cases in the last two months, which is more than they typically see in an entire year. Two dogs died, including 13-year-old Gertie.

She died at the end of January from becoming infected with leptospirosis. The owner suspects that she was infected at John McLaren Park where she would often play.

What does rain have to do with it? Wildlife including rodents can carry and spread the deadly bacteria. Staci Goussev with San Francisco Veterinary Specialists explains how the rain factors in:

“Every time they urinate that urine gets released into the environment. And with all the rain, it’s getting washed into puddles, lakes, streams and ponds. And that’s how dogs are being exposed to it.”

So the more it rains, the more risk there is of this potentially fatal bacteria spreading.

The good news is that the disease is treatable, but you have to act quickly. Infected pets usually show signs about seven days after exposure. Goussev describes the symptoms: “Most typically, the signs commonly we will see first will be decrease in appetite to complete anorexia, vomiting, some dogs will actually show a yellow tinge to their mucus membranes or skin.”
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If you suspect your pet may be infected, call your vet immediately. Leptospirosis is generally treated with antibiotics and supportive care.

AVMA assures, “When treated early and aggressively, the chances for recovery are good but there is still a risk of permanent residual kidney or liver damage.”

What about prevention? Can you vaccinate your dog ahead of time to safeguard against leptospirosis? The short answer: yes.

It’s interesting. I live in San Francisco, and after hearing about the leptospirosis dog deaths, I called my vet. It turns out—my dog Wilbur already received his ‘lepto’ vaccine. I asked if it was among the list of standard vaccinations that they give dogs, and they said no.

So why was Wilbur vaccinated then? Because my vet asked me if we do a lot of outdoor activity near stagnant water. I recall responding with a resounding “Yes!” So I played it safe and he got the shot.

McClaren Park, where Gertie most likely got infected, is one of Wilbur’s regular stomping grounds, and the exact place I pictured when my vet asked me whether we spend time around stagnant water in the outdoors. It has a prominent pond where lots of dogs and their owners flock to for recreational purposes.

I asked the representative at my vet’s office if they are now recommending that all Bay Area pet owners get the lepto vaccination, as opposed to just outdoor gallivanters like me, and she was quick with her yes.

So it seems their lepto vaccination approach has shifted with the heavy rains.

Not to complicate matters, but the lepto vaccination is not without its critics. Just ask Healthy Pets.

The CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) makes the point that the vaccine does not provide 100% protection. “This is because there are many strains (types) of leptospires (the bacteria that causes leptospirosis), and the vaccine does not provide immunity against all strains.”

But here’s the official stance of the American Veterinary Medical Association:

“Currently available vaccines effectively prevent leptospirosis and protect dogs for at least 12 months. Annual vaccination is recommended for at-risk dogs. Reducing your dog’s exposure to possible sources of the Leptospira bacteria can reduce its chances of infection.”

Goussev says pet owners can minimize exposure by avoiding taking dogs to wet marshy areas. But that’s a tall order when you’re used to regular outdoor gallivanting with your dog.

If you want to protect your pet—in addition to getting your pet vaccinated and choosing your destinations carefully, it’s a good idea when you’re in the outdoors to carry fresh water with you so if your dog becomes thirsty, you have a healthy alternative to stagnant water. And keep a watchful eye on pets to prevent unhealthy slurping.

To help prevent leptospirosis infection, the CDC advises that you keep rodent problems (rats, mice or other animal pests) under control, since rodents can carry and spread the bacteria that causes this disease.

Make no mistake—lepto infection is not just a San Francisco concern. Leptospira bacteria love warm humid climates, according to Healthy Pets.

In 2013 Pedro Diniz, DVM, PhD, College of Veterinary Medicine, Western University of Health Sciences said, “Lepto is everywhere, and veterinarians are reporting it more and more across the country.”

In recent years, cases have popped up in Fresno, Oregon and the Denver area.

And it’s not just pets that are at risk. Humans can become infected as well, so in addition to safeguarding pets from infection, pet owners should take steps to prevent themselves and others from becoming infected with the disease due to an infected pet.

The CDC provides a complete list prevention guidelines for pets and humans. And here’s its obvious but nonetheless worth-mentioning advice: “Always contact your veterinarian and your physician if you have concerns about a possible exposure to an infected animal.”

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