A dozen Daisies (Girl Scouts in kindergarten and first grade) came for a tour of Barnside. They were able to see how veterinarians care for animals. They learned to give their pets the same kind of care that their parents show them. The Associate Humane Society on Shafto Rd in Tinton Falls, was the beneficiary of their generosity, as the girls brought a whole box of toys and other gifts for the shelter pets.
There have been several outbreaks of Canine Influenza (dog flu) in NJ over the past decade. In Spring 2018 there was a large outbreak in Brooklyn. The closure of the Monmouth County SPCA due to Canine Influenza has shown the disease is in our community.
Canine influenza is a virus that is highly infectious and spreads quickly from dog to dog.
The virus can be transmitted:
There are two strains H3N8 which was first reported in 2003 and H3N2 which was first reported in 2015. Neither of these strains have been shown to be contagious to people.
These are respiratory viruses, different from the bacteria bordetella bronchiseptica (kennel cough) and from the respiratory virus parainfluenza (part of the DHLPP vaccine).
1 out of 5 infected dogs will develop severe symptoms. Infection with canine influenza can lead to pneumonia and can be fatal.
SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS
Diagnosis can be challenging because many respiratory infections have similar symptoms. Nasal and oral swabs are submitted, often along with blood samples. The blood sample may be repeated 10 days later, depending on initial test results.
Treatment is aimed at supportive care and preventing further spread. Hospitalization in an Isolation ward, IV fluids for hydration, antibiotics for secondary infections, and other medications as needed.
Vaccinate your dogs against Canine Influenza Virus (CIV). At Barnside Veterinary Hospital, we use a vaccine that protects against both strains H3N8 and H3N2. Dogs receive an initial vaccine and then a booster approximately 3 weeks later. We recommend annual boosters.
It is important that your dog is kept current on all her vaccinations. Not sure if she's up-to-date? Call us, or log-in to your pet's records at Petly Pet Portal.
---Meredith L. Weltner-Sharin VMD
Asbury Park Press- Best of the Best- Monmouth County 2019
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SILEO---fast-acting oral gel without the sedation!
New Jersey is great fun in the summer---unless you're a dog with noise sensitivities. Silo can be administered 30-60 minutes before noisy events start. Sileo's effects last for 2-3 hours (enough time for most fireworks, thunderstorms and parades.) No more sedated or "gorked" dogs stumbling around all day!
If an event is going to last longer than 2-3 hours, you can safely give your dog another dose of Sileo (anytime beyond 2hrs since the previous dose--up to 5 doses!)
Signs and Symptoms of Noise Phobias
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