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Friday, October 29, 2010

Howlereen at The Doggie Den

Don't miss this behind-the-scenes look at preparation for trick or treating at The Doggie Den.  Some pups are hams, some get embarassed, and others head for the hills!  It was a fun day.  HAPPY HOWLEREEN EVERYBODY!

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Wednesday, October 06, 2010

Canine Influenza Can Cause Lung Damage: Vaccination Helps



Reprinted with edits from The Pet Care Services Association newsletter "Boarderline,"  Oct. 2010

A new study in Veterinary Biology is the first to confirm that canine influenza virus (CIV) H3N8 easily spreads from infected dogs to other dogs.   It also showed that CIV can cause more serious forms of respiratory disease in dogs, such as pneumonia, that often go undetected in clinical practice.

Cyndy Crawford, DVM, Ph.D., University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine, Clinical Assistant Professor of Shelter Medicine, and a leading expert on CIV, said, "This study is important for several reasons.  First, it provides clear evidence that CIV H3N8 is highly transmissible between dogs, confirming field observations recorded during naturally occurring canine influenza outbreaks in confined populations of dogs.  Second, the finding of subclinical pneumonia in nearly all infected dogs in the study underscores the virulence of this virus in both the upper and lower respiratory tract, predisposing many dogs to serious overt pneumonia requiring hospitalization."

In addition, researchers confirmed that the excretion of the virus (shedding) precedes the manifestation of clinical signs.  This is significant, according to the study, because it demonstrates that apparently healthy dogs can infect dogs they encounter at kennels, clinics, shelters, training settings, shows and other locations where they congregate.  Researchers also found evidence of "rolling" infection, which makes if difficult for infected kennels and shelters to eliminate the infection unless they close down, and keep new, uninfected dogs from entering, according to the researchers.  These locations can also become sources of disease with the potential to spread to other facilities.

(...) one of the authors of the study said, "We know that canine influenza, a new disease for many veterinarians, is often under- or misdiagnosed because clinical signs are often similar to other respiratory diseases.  Our research further suggests that infected dogs may have serious lung damage that goes undetected because it does not manifest as pneumonia."   Study authors concluded that many more dogs with CIV are likely to have lung damage not being detected clinically in veterinary practice, particularly compared to canine cough, which rarely leads to serious respiratory disease.
Dr. Crawford also noted, "Since clinical trials have demonstrated that canine flu H3N8 vaccine significantly reduces virus shedding, and the presence of subclinical pneumonia, the findings of this new study suggest that vaccination may greatly reduce the potential for rolling infections and pneumonia, thereby protecting facilities from full-blown outbreaks and individuals from hospitalizion

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Tuesday, October 05, 2010

Cleo the Timid of October

Cleo is our October Dog of the Month.  She's a very special, beautiful Great Dane.  Also the very definition of a gentle giant.  She loves to lean against you and be loved, but only once she gets to know you.  And  that usually takes weeks!  Definitely a conflict avoider too with her puppy pals. 

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Monday, October 04, 2010

Cuba turns 10

Cuba is the sweetest girl in the world.  Her 10th birthday is Oct 21st, but we goofed and celebrated today, Oct 4th.  She saw the Frosty Paws treat and was too smart to correct our mistake!  Anyway, Happy Birthday for all of October, Cuba!

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Friday, October 01, 2010

Doggie Den Yorkie Turns 5 Years Old


Belle is one of a family of two yorkshire terriers.  Her brother is Milo.  She recently turned 5 and Milo and her Doggie Den playpals were there to wish her many happy returns.  She was a gracious hostess, allowing everyone a taste of her treat.


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