What you need to know about Canine Influenza (Dog Flu)
You may have heard about the recent outbreak of a new type of dog flu. This highly contagious and, for some dogs, potentially serious respiratory infection is called canine influenza virus H3N2, or CIV H3N2 for short. If exposed to CIV H3N2, 80% will develop clinical disease and 20% will spread it without showing symptoms. The virus affects capillaries in the lungs so your dog may cough up blood and have trouble breathing. Read more -->
Animals can "talk" to you if you know how to read their subtle body language. Pain is universal and one of the most common feelings animals will convey. Most owners can detect a limp or a painful cry, but pain that's chronic, or moderate enough to withstand, takes more scrutiny to recognize. Dogs and cats generally show a change in behavior or temperament when they're uncomfortable. Read more -->
Most animals are genetically wired to spend a certain amount of time on activities that meet their requirements for survival. For most domestic pets, particularly dogs and cats, these requirements include opportunities to play, explore their environment, rest, socialize, acquire and eat food, and eliminate. Normally, opportunities for sexual activity and the ability to defend oneself from competitors or predators would also be survival requirements, but in the average family setting, these needs are not an issue.
Because food is one of the most basic necessities of life, each species must be programmed with or learn the appropriate skills in order to obtain food. To be successful, the animal must use a combination of genetics and observation of other members of their species to learn successful strategies for finding, catching and killing of live prey. Not only is food a motivating factor when the pet is hungry, but the acquisition of food is an activity that generally requires the expenditure of time and effort, and the use of both mental and physical skills.
"Acquisition of food is an activity that generally requires the expenditure of time and effort and the use of both mental and physical skills."
Blood Analysis - A vital tool for screening out disease.
Even pets that appear happy and healthy can have hidden medical problems that might grow serious, even life-threatening, if left undetected. Blood tests are essential for identifying diseases at the earliest most treatable stage possible. Read more...
Adding parsley to homemade dog treats will help combat bad breath. A zesty way to add some spice to your dog’s diet is to make homemade biscuits as a healthy and affordable alternative to store-bought treats. In addition to fresh breath, there are more advantages that home made snacks have in boosting your dog's wellness. Read more...
One of the more embarrassing things that dogs do is to lick their "private" parts in public. Both male and female dogs do this less than appealing behavior that annoys pet owners.
In the canine world a moderate degree of licking is part of normal grooming behavior. For example, a dog may lick the genital area of urinating as a means of cleaning the area. In this case, licking is related to elimination and is not persistent. Usually a quick swipe takes care of business.
It is not as common for dogs to lick the anal area; however, if the dog's stool is sticky or watery, the dog may feel the need to tidy up a bit. Normal bowel movements are not usually followed by licking.
Why you need to know!
Frequent or sustained licking of the genital area may indicate that a medical problem exists.
If your dog exhibits any of the following signs,
contact ABC Vet now to schedule an exam.
Swollen or red penis, vulva, or anus
Presence of pustules (pimples) or red bumps on the skin
Dental disease is an often-overlooked threat to the comfort and health of your pet. 70-85% of pets over the age of 2 have some form of dental disease. Because dental disease has few readily apparent signs, bringing your pet in for a wellness examination is the only way to ensure detection.
ABC Vet provides dental exams at no charge.
In this pet health video...
Dr Barry Neichin, Chief of Staff at ABC Veterinary Hospital, explains the importance of pet dental care as well as addressing common concerns of pet owners.
Dr. Barry Neichin
Chief of Staff
ABC Veterinary Hospital
San Marcos CA
When he's not busy with his duties at the hospital, Dr. Neichin can be found outside, either on the trails hiking and camping or in the water snorkeling and skin diving, as well as spending time with his two children. His family also includes Tonka, a Golden Retriever; Leo, a miniature Golden Doodle; Cosmo, a Siamese, and Ruffles, a rabbit. More about Dr. Neichin -->