The most recent update about the canine influenza virus (CIV) is that there have been 32 confirmed cases of canine influenza in Wright county. These are the first reported cases of H3N2 in Minnesota since 2015.
Here are some important facts about Canine flu:
- According to the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), the flu virus is highly contagious. "Almost all dogs exposed to CIV will become infected, and the majority (80%) of infected dogs develop flu-like illness. The mortality (death) rate is low (less than 10%)." Dogs that are very young, very old, and immune compromised dogs are at higher risk of complications from flu.
- Symptoms of canine influenza include: lethargy, cough, fever and nasal discharge.
Disorders of the eyes are some of the most common concerns we see at Westgate Pet Clinic. Many are simple problems that require simple therapies to remedy. Others can be very serious, requiring aggressive, prompt treatment to prevent permanent damage. Occasionally disorders of the eyes are a sign of a systemic disease that requires treatment of underlying disease in order to help the eyes return to normal. Following are some common problems seen in pet dogs and cats.
Depending on where the redness is, these can be simple or complex problems. Redness of the eyelids could be a sign of allergies or infection of the glands of the eyelid (stye). Conjunctivitis, or inflammation of the lining of the eyelids, is one of the most common disorders we see. These can be primary, resulting from something as simple as dust or debris in the eyes or can be secondary to allergies or pain or inflammation of the cornea (surface of the eye) or sclera (white of the eye). Often conjunctivitis is accompanied by green or yellow discharge which may suggest infection.
Pain management is an integral part of any anesthetic or surgical plan for Westgate
Pet Clinic patients undergoing invasive procedures. Studies have demonstrated the
benefits relating to patient comfort and fewer post-operative complications with
good pain control.
Good pain control starts at the planning stages of the procedure. Each patient is
thoroughly evaluated for what they might benefit from the best. Not only the nature
of the procedure involved, but also the pet’s history of anesthesia, concurrent
clinical diseases present and particular anatomical variations that come with the
variety of breeds we encounter in both dogs and cats are considered. For example, a
Pug (a “squish nosed” breed) with kidney disease undergoing a fracture repair will
be managed much differently than a young healthy Labrador Retriever undergoing a