Canine Influenza Update

What is it?

It is a flu virus that can cause high fever, loss of appetite, coughing, nasal discharge and lethargy. Some cases progress to pneumonia and occasionally death. These dogs are generally much sicker than “regular kennel cough” dogs.

Over that last 11 years it has been circulating in various areas throughout the country such as Florida, Virginia and Colorado with little to no evidence of it in Charleston County.

There is an effective vaccine that can be given- yet given the lack of cases in Charleston- we have only recommended it for traveling dogs during outbreaks.

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A Game of Numbers- Tick borne diseases

Veterinarians are closet geeks, and geeks love numbers.

Did you know that if your dog maintains an average pulse rate (100 beats a minute) through a normal 13 year life span (covering 4745 days) that during that span  (113,800 hours) their heart will have beaten over six hundred eighty three and one-quarter of a million times!!  Imagine how much fun I am to talk to at a party.

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Fast Cars and a Veterinary Myth- Trifexis

Say you’re living large on vacation, so you race a rental Porsche from the airport to the resort.  A wave of nausea rolls through you as you step into your luxury accommodations.  Obviously fast sports cars cause the flu.  You weren’t sick until you got out of the car.  Second thought, hotel room keys might lead to GI disturbances, right?  Wait, you did fly first class, could luxury seating cause tummy turbulence?

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