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Westgate Pet Clinic now recommending Canine Flu Vaccine

Last updated: June 29, 2017
dogs-at-the-park freeThe 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.  
Westgate Pet Clinic is now strongly recommending that all social dogs be vaccinated for canine influenza.  Social dogs are dogs that come into contact with other dogs, either through grooming, boarding or other social activity.  
The H3N2 influenza virus was first identified in the United States in the spring of 2015 when an outbreak of canine influenza occured in Chicago.  Up until that time, the only influenza virus identifed in the U.S. was the H3N8 virus.  The H3N2 virus is thought to have been brought to the United States from Asia.  

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. 

My dog's Lyme test came back positive! What does that mean?

Lyme disease is spread by ticks, and the ticks are out in Minnesota!  Ticks live for many years, and can survive the winter in a dormant stage.  Ticks become active when the ground temperature is about 45 degrees Fahrenheit, sotick sometimes ticks will be out even if there is snow on the ground.  Because ticks become active even when it is relatively cold outside, many pet owners are caught by surprise in the early spring when they find a tick on their dog.  

Common Eye Problems

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.dog eyes free


Red eyes


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.  

How we manage pain for our surgery patients at Westgate Pet Clinic

Pain management is an integral part of any anesthetic or surgical plan for Westgatesurgery blad

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

lump removal.

Palliative care focuses on a pet's comfort and quality of life

Palliate (verb): to relieve or lessen without curing.Old dog free
For many of us, pets are family, and dealing with a beloved animal's illness or declining health is very difficult. Although it can be an emotional topic to discuss, providing palliative care is an essential part of veterinary medicine. Palliative care is comfort care for pets with conditions that cannot be cured. Pets with serious health conditions, such as cancer, as well as otherwise healthy pets with age-related changes, such as arthritis, can benefit from palliative care.
The cornerstones of palliative care for pets include pain management, nutritional support and optimizing home space to increase comfort. Specific medications and care depend on the pet's and owner's needs. The goal is to provide compassionate, non-invasive, practical help that can significantly improve quality of life, and sometimes extend a pet's life. As the end of a pet's life nears, palliative care may also include hospice care.
Being able to provide this kind of help to pets and their people is deeply meaningful and important to us. Let us know if we can help.


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We provide the quality care our clients expect and their pets deserve, by relying on the expertise and
compassion of each team member.


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