Mar Vista Animal Medical Center

3850 Grand View Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90066

(310)391-6741

marvistavet.com

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Hi! My Name is Ragna. Happy Easter!
I can be your new cat. See below.

April 2017

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THERE IS A DOG FLU OUTBREAK IN L.A. COUNTY

A bulletin from the health department went out to all L.A. County animal hospitals announcing an outbreak of Asian dog flu (H3N2) involving 35 dogs, all stemming from one rescue dog that arrived in Los Angeles from China on March 11th. This rescue dog exposed and infected numerous other rescue dogs who were then moved around the county and now nine locations are in quarantine.

THE HEALTH DEPARTMENT RECOMMENDS THAT ALL DOGS THAT INTERACT WITH OTHER DOGS
GET VACCINATED IMMEDIATELY FOR H3N2.

Group of influenza viruses
(Photo Credit: CDC Public Health Image Library)

 

Symptoms: coughing, runny nose, fever, appetite loss, pneumonia. Death can result in severe cases.

EXTREMELY CONTAGIOUS TO OTHER DOGS

Most contagious during the 2-4 day incubation period which is before symptoms begin

Sick dogs are contagious for 3 weeks

Establishing “herd immunity” keeps the virus from spreading. This city is an important hub of international travel and is at risk for Asian dog flu introduction. Because this is an extremely contagious disease, it can spread through the city before its presence is even confirmed. Common sense hygiene with dogs is crucial: Wash your hands after petting dogs you do not own, do not let sick and healthy dogs share toys etc.

Dogs with flu symptoms should be tested asap.

THE HEALTH DEPARTMENT DOES NOT WANT A REPEAT OF THE 2015 CHICAGO OUTBREAK HAPPENING HERE.

(The 2015 outbreak was under-reported by the media. At that time over 1000 dogs got sick before the outbreak was properly identified as H3N2.
Prior to that time H3N2 had not been reported outside of Asia but this time we have more awareness and more information.)

Information from the Health Department:

http://publichealth.lacounty.gov/vet/InfluenzaCanineH3N2.htm

Our Library web page on Canine Influenza (both H3N2 and H3N8):

www.marvistavet.com/influenza-canine.pml

Read more about the 2015 outbreak:

www.cnn.com/2015/07/03/health/dog-flu-spreads-outbreak/index.html


(Photocredit: Morguefile.com)

DID YOU KNOW...

     ...THE EASTER LILLY IS PRETTY BUT TOXIC TO CATS?

This time of year Easter decorations abound. Most people know to keep chocolate treats out of the reach of curious pets but many do not realize the danger in ornamental plants. Easter Lilies as well as numerous other lilies (Tiger lilies, Star Gazer Lilies, and other Asiatic lilies) cause kidney failure in cats when any part of the plant is nibbled. Be sure to keep Easter flower arrangements away from cats. If you want to brighten your home with fresh flowers, daisies are a good bet.

Please check out our library page on Safe Gardening for more ideas.

Featured Adoption: Meet Ragna

Ragna is a 3 1/2 year old Male neutered very social boy cat. He was abandoned by his owner and is looking for a forever home. He comes vaccinated and microchipped and may be visited in our adoption cage. Is he looking for you? Contact our receptionist for more information.


Featured External Link: The Shelter Pet Project.org

Considering adoption? Enter your zip code and what kind of pet you are looking for and see some photos of matching animals in local shelters and rescues.

The Shelter Pet Project is the result of a collaborative effort between two leading animal welfare groups, The Humane Society of the United States and Maddie’s Fund, and the leading producer of public service advertising (PSA) campaigns, The Ad Council. Their goal is to make shelters the first place potential adopters turn when looking to get a new pet, ensuring that all healthy and treatable pets find loving homes.

They do this by breaking down misconceptions surrounding shelter pets and communicating that “A person is the best thing to happen to a shelter pet." Be that person. Adopt!

https://theshelterpetproject.org

THIS MONTH OUR FELINE PATIENTS CAN UPGRADE FROM
  
VECTRA TO CATEGO FOR BETTER FLEA AND TICK CONTROL

  

Ceva Animal Health (the makers of Vectra) have released an upgraded version with additional fipronil (active ingredient in FRONTLINE) so basically Vectra with an added plus. One size topical tube for all size cats (kittens must be 8 weeks of age and over 1.5 lbs).

Want more information? Visit Categocat.com or check our our Flea Product Comparison Chart

Our Hospital Would Like To Thank Everyone Who Has Referred A Friend!

This month we would especially like to thank:

David Faulkner
Gaby Herbst
Cindy Kovac
Sheila Mansion
Lara Saiva

A $25 thank you credit is applied to your account when your friend comes in the first time for medical services for their pet.

Ask our receptionist for more details.

Dr. Jenny Johnson's Next Day For Chiropractic Is
THURSDAY MAY 11TH.

Please call for a space in her schedule.

Dr. Johnson also performs shockwave therapy for arthritis with great success. If this exciting non-drug treatment is of interest to you, please contact us for further information.

WE WILL BE CLOSED EASTER SUNDAY APRIL 16TH.

Vaccination clinic will resume the following Sunday

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