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“Dog Flu” aka Canine Influenza… Is your Pet at risk?

Friday, July 21st, 2017

Recently, we’ve been receiving questions from some of our pet owners about dog flu. They were concerned about stories they had seen or read in the news about outbreaks. In answering their questions, we realized that all of our dog owners may have similar questions and concerns. So, we’re writing to tell you about dog flu, what puts dogs at risk and what can be done to protect them.

Dog flu is a relatively new disease and can be caused by two different canine influenza virus strains, H3N8 and H3N2. Both strains of dog flu virus cause 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, dog flu can progress to a more severe or even life-threatening condition, such as pneumonia.

Dog flu is highly contagious, so visiting places where dogs socialize or congregate, such as doggie day cares, dog parks, groomers, boarding facilities, dog shows, and urban locations, places dogs 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.

The best way to protect your dog from dog flu is through vaccination. Fortunately, there is a vaccine now available for both dog flu strains. The initial vaccination requires two doses, given 2 to 4 weeks apart. Thereafter, an annual booster is recommended for continued protection.

Protect Your Pet against Dog Flu

We recommend vaccinating dogs against dog flu. Please call us to discuss any questions you might have and to set up an appointment.

To learn more about dog flu, you can also visit www.doginfluenza.com
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The Continuing Adventures of Bob

Friday, January 17th, 2014

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  The Christmas tree was taken down on January 6th. I do not think that

Bob was very pleased with that. I did find a couple more bulbs on the

floor behind the tree. Even with Bob batting the ornaments off of the

tree and around the house there was only one broken and I did that.  The

artificial tree shed just as much as a real tree, so I decided to take

it to the dump. After all it was about twelve years old. Christmas 2014

will bring on new adventures for Bob because there will be a real tree

in the house.

I discovered that Bob does have a purrer. If there is a gear before drive and after

neutral that is what it is in. He was sitting on the bed with me and I had the TV

volume kind of low when I thought that I heard a familiar sound. I turned the TV off

and sat very still. YES! I could hear him purr.

Bob still watches television. I thought that he would get over it because my other

cat watched TV until he figured out that there was nothing coming out of the other

side of it during chase scenes. Bob just sits and observes. He does not attempt to

chase the cars or running people. His head just moves back and forth, not even

tilting his head. Bob also changes positions from directly in front of the TV to the

love seat (with his head on the arm) and to his scratch post. He really enjoys the

National Geographic Channel and Animal Planet, but he also watches movies and other

shows that I watch; i.e. both NCIS shows, Elementary and others.

            Bob came out to accept Will’s company. Will and I were ecstatic.

 I never know what to expect from Bob. This is scary because he reminds me of

myself. Yes, he came out for Will, but now he hides from him. For a while he

enjoyed being brushed; now he fights and runs from the brush. There were times that

he would allow me to pick him up and lay him on my lap for petting, now he runs

from that. I am not sure that Bob is a male, except for the visible hardware.

Bob loves and enjoys his playtime. He loves furry things and things with feathers,

but things with feathers do not stay feathery very long. He definitely gets his

exercise taking off like a jet plane running, jutting, jumping, zigging and zagging

through my little house over and under beds and every other obstacle in the way. One

thing that I have learned about his playtime is to let him rest before trying to pet

him.

Bob gets away with quite a bit more than Precious did. I guess it is that second

child syndrome. I just ignore him and let him go for it. It is fun watching and

listening to him banging into stuff as he has his fun throwing his toys up in the

air to catch and chasing after imaginary things (at least I think they are

imaginary). I guess I have hopes that he will tire himself out and settle down. I

suppose that it will be another couple of years for that to happen.

Since before Christmas Bob has had occasional dry heaves. I started treating him for

fur balls. The mineral oil has improved his output (to put it nicely), but then he

started heaving again. For the first time he actually heaved up something, so I took

it in and the vet said that it looked like he had gotten hold of a palmetto bug.

So….I just need to keep an eye on him; which is tiring because the other eye gets

frustrated from doing all of the work of looking out for me. Bob will be visiting

the vet, shortly, for shots and at that time will inquire again about the heaving

issue.

Bob enjoys sitting on the window sills and looking out. My neighbor almost got a

peak of him, but she walked up too close to the window and he scampered away, so she

only got to see Bob’s hind parts. I laughed when I saw that because it made me think

of the Old Testament scripture in the book of Exodus 33:23 (King James Version): And

I will take away mine hand, and thou shalt see my back parts; but my face shall not

be seen. Geez! I do not know why that came across my mind, but it still makes me

laugh.

Bob ventured out onto the patio once. He took a few steps and scampered back into

the house. I have some minor screen repairing to do and a plant to remove before I

can allow him to venture out.

Well, Bob and I are still learning a lot about each other and will continue to do so

for some time. Actually, as I observe Bob I am learning a lot about myself.

Sometimes God shows his sense of humor in what or who he uses to reveal our

imperfections through. A CAT!? Wow! Well…if the Lord can speak through an ass to

Balaam (Numbers 22:28-30) He can use a cat to open my eyes and ears to what

I seem to not hear or see in His word.

Oh my! I was waiting to release this until after I could give you a report on Bob’s

vet visit. Wow! This morning Bob loved on me and wanted to be pet. He leaned against

me and rubbed my legs. I gave him treats and pet him but when Bob caught the hint

that I was going to pick him up the battle was on and I have the wounds to prove it.

I chased him and he ran trying to hide in visible sight from window sill to behind

the TV to behind and under the dinner table. This was the time that my house seemed

larger than what it is, even after closing all the doors. I was finally able to

catch him between the vertical blinds at the glass doors. The battle raged on. When

Bob saw that I was going to place him in the pet carrier….Geez! What a fight. Then,

ta da! I finally got him in the carrier and closed it. It seemed like an hour had

passed, but victory came within fifteen minutes. I think that when I walked in to

the vets office they were wondering which one of us was there for treatment. We will

definitely have to work on this, but there is plenty of time.

Do you recall what I said earlier in this writing “I am not sure that Bob is a male,

except for the hardware?” When I mentioned this statement and Bob’s mood swings to

Dr. Mordaunt he took a step back and came to the conclusion that with the mood

swings, past reported personality disposition, and other physical abnormalities that

Bob has, Bob is a hermaphrodite. Dr. Mordaunt stated that in his practice of forty

years he has only come across three dogs with this diagnosis. This is his first cat.

Oh how unique!

Bob was given a physical and shots and weighed in at a whopping nine pounds (which

is good). After arriving home I opened the carrier and Bob sauntered out like

nothing happened. He is out and about occasionally going into hiding, but I think

that he is just resting up from the events of the day.

We shall see what tomorrow holds. Right now I am glad that we got through today.

Happy meows to you until we chat again.

ADOPT a new loving furry family member this Holiday Season!

Monday, December 9th, 2013

The Holiday Season is upon us, the number one gift on most Holiday wish lists for children are a new puppy or kitten to love. This year consider giving the greatest gift of all by adopting a homeless shelter pet. Throughout the entire month of December, Miami Dade Animal Services, as well as The Humane Society of Greater Miami, will be offering reduced adoption fees. More information can be found on the flyer below. Remember: Connect. Adopt. Love.

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Girl Scouts visit Town & Country Animal Hospital

Monday, November 18th, 2013

Girl Scout Troop #167 visited Town & Country Animal Hospital to learn more about pet care and the Veterinary field. They took a tour around the hospital with 2 of our technicians and learned about things like the importance of  microchiping your pet, fleas and ticks, heart worms (they got to look at an actual heart from a Great Dane infested with heart worms), they learned about x-rays, they toured our boarding facility, etc. We hope it inspired the children to get involved in the animal care field.

Thank you so much to Robin, and Girl Scout Troop #167! We hope you enjoyed your visit!

 

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Blessing of the Animals

Thursday, November 7th, 2013

We had a wonderful day Saturday the 2nd at Killian Pines United Methodist Church, at the Blessing of the Animals event. People brought their beloved pets in to be blessed by Pastor Emilio Chaviano and Rabbi Danny Marmorstein. They read a poem written by Ricki Dorn , to honor and Bless all Animals. Sarah, our Marketing Director, and Kris our Client Services Manager, attended the event and handed out all kinds of goodies to the cats and dogs that stopped by.

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Blessing of the Animals

By,Ricki Dorn

Dear God,

We ask your merciful blessing

For our devoted pets,

For us as their care-takers, and,

of course, for the vets.

First, our four-legged friends

Like horses, for their devotion,

For their shiny coats,

And speedy locomotion.

For cats and for dogs,

For kittens and for puppies,

For those who are water-bound—

Like goldfish and guppies.

For turtles and hamsters

And each furry bunny…

We give thanks for their loyalty

And antics so funny.

For our feathered birds, too

With their gossip-y chatter,

And their beautiful colors

Whose shades surely flatter.

For the serpent family,

Those long, flexible snakes

Who have such a bad rap…

—let’s give them a break.

For bugs like the ants who

Crash our picnics with glee,

The spiders who weave,

And the sociable bee.

For the pets in our homes

And the beasts in the wild—

Protect them, provide food,

Let them prosper and smile.

For all of Your critters,

The large and the small,

We ask Your Loving Kindness;

God, bless them one and all.

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Project: Pet Slim Down

Friday, June 21st, 2013

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Weight loss can be easier with a buddy, and if you’re a pet owner, you’ve got the perfect buddy already. Together, you can help each other reach a healthy weight with healthy diets and shared physical activity.

Jenny Craig and Purina have teamed up to get you both started, with a free Jenny trial offer for new clients, and a Purina Veterinary Diets® rebate.

1-Register for the Power of Two Program

Fill out the form here to register and then create a Project: Pet Slim Profile to get started on your weight loss journey.

2-Claim your Purina rebate

Visit a veterinarian to determine a diet and exercise plan for your pet, purchase Purina Veterinary Diets ® OM Overweight Management® food, and get a $15 rebate. We honor this rebate in our clinic!

3-Choose your free program from Jenny Craig

A weight loss consultant at Jenny will get you started with a plan of your own. Get up to 90 days free.*

*Plus the cost of food. Plus the cost of shipping, if applicable. Initiation fee waived for first 90 days. No cash value. New clients only. Not valid with any other program offers or discounts. Restrictions apply.

For questions call 1-800-879-1266

Miami Pet Expo May 11

Friday, May 3rd, 2013

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The 2013 Miami Pet Expo
May 11, 2013
10AM to 6PM
Miami Airport Convention Center
Free Admission – $5 Parking
Bring Your Pet!
(on a fixed lead with proof of vaccinations, please)

For more information see http://www.miamipetexpo.com/

National Kids and Pets Day

Friday, April 26th, 2013

April 26 is National Kids and Pets Day. Here is a link to the history of the day as well as some pet and kid interaction resources Here

The Humane Society of Greater Miami is hosting a festival at their main location celebrating kids and their pets. See Here

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Here is Dr Jill Child’s son with one of their dogs, Ginger.

Canine Cocktails at Hotel Indigo

Friday, April 12th, 2013

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Dog-Friendly Happy Hour will be available at Hotel Indigo every 3rd Wednesday of the month from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. Enjoy an afternoon of live patio music and drink specials with your special furry friend. $1 of every drink purchased will be donated to Miami-Dade Animal Services. It’s the perfect excuse to take your dog for a walk!

Hotel Indigo Miami Lakes
7601 Miami Lakes Drive
Miami Lakes, Florida 33014
Phone: 305-556-0100

Reminder that tomorrow is the Humane Society’s Walk For The Animals!

Friday, February 22nd, 2013

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