Mar Vista Animal Medical Center

3850 Grand View Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90066

(310)391-6741

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August 2021

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LEPTOSPIROSIS FOR DOGS - OUTBREAK 2021
  

DIAGNOSTIC ULTRASOUND RETURNS MONTHLY
  

ASIAN FLU FOR DOGS - OUTBREAK 2021
  

CLOSING EARLY (3 PM) LABOR DAY
  

VISITING DOCTORS AND SCHEDULE CHANGES
   

  
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LEPTOSPIROSIS - LOCAL OUTBREAK

WHAT HAPPENED

Los Angeles County usually sees 10-12 cases of Leptospirosis a year, mostly in dogs exposed to wildlife. In the last 4 months, there have been 51 confirmed cases and 24 suspect cases, mostly stemming from daycare and boarding facilities. Of the affected dogs, 95% were unvaccinated.

LEPTOSPIROSIS IS CONTAGIOUS TO HUMANS.
PEOPLE GET IT WHEN ABRADED SKIN COMES INTO CONTACT WITH AFFECTED DOG URINE

WHAT IS IT?

Leptospirosis is caused by infection by a spirochete called Leptospira interrogans (it looks like a question mark). There are many subtypes (called "serovars") and the one in this outbreak is called "Canicola." It is spread when dogs drink from urine contaminated water or lick up urine off their paws. Symptoms include:

  • Excessive water drinking
  • Kidney Failure
  • Appetite loss
  • Lethargy
  • Vomiting
  • Liver Failure
  • So far, two dogs have died.

HOW DO WE PREVENT IT?

Our hospital has routinely vaccinated dogs over 20 lbs for Leptospirosis for years. If your dog has been vaccinated within the last year, he/she should be protected. If it is has been over a year, we recommend a booster. If your dog has not been vaccinated for Leptospirosis, ask us about setting up a series of vaccines. Vaccination is important before boarding, day care, or other dog group activities.

Leptospirosis is the "L" in DHLPP - the basic vaccine for dogs.

TREATMENT?

Leptospires are bacteria and respond readily to antibiotics. Exposed dogs should be treated but need not be quarantined. Dogs testing positive should be quarantined at home for the duration of their treatment. A 2-3 week course of antibiotics should clear the infection. Sicker dogs will require hospitalization and some dogs will actually require dialysis.

BOTTOM LINE

  • If you think your dog is sick and might have this disease, ask for a test.
  • If you are concerned about the infection, vaccinate your dog
  • If you are planning to board your dog or if you use canine day care facilities, vaccinate your dog.
  • If your dog frequents the park, vaccinate your dog.
  • Wear gloves to clean dog urine.
  • Know this disease can infect humans through abraded skin/contact with dog urine.

L.A. County Public Health Page on this outbreak and more details on what to do:
(if link doesn't open properly, cut and paste the URL into a new window)

www.publichealth.lacounty.gov/vet/Leptospirosis2021.htm

For our own library page:

www.marvistavet.com/canine-leptospirosis.pml

     
 
DIAGNOSTIC ULTRASOUND RETURNS MONTHLY
   
We are happy to announce that we are again resuming diagnostic ultrasound as part of our regular services.
   
To discuss scheduling, notify our reception staff.
      
     

CANINE INFLUENZA H3N2 - LOCAL OUTBREAK

WHAT HAPPENED

An outbreak in a boarding facility in Southern Los Angeles County has involved 30-40 dogs and three cats. One dog has died. This is a very contagious disease so containment is paramount and is the largest canine flu outbreak in L.A. County to date. This is the same virus that led to sickness of over 1000 dogs in Chicago in 2015 as well as quarantine of Chicago to canine travel.

(If you don't know what we're talking about because it was underreported in the news, click here for a news story)

 

WHAT IS IT?

The Asian dog flu arrived in the U.S. via foreign rescue groups bringing dogs from Asia into the U.S. for adoption. The virus is more aggressive than the native dog flu virus and is more likely to cause pneumonia. Pneumonia, of course, has potential to be life-threatening. Symptoms include:

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Appetite loss
  • Listlessness

   

HOW DO WE PREVENT IT?

Transmission occurs when dogs are housed together and an infected dog is coughing. Vaccination against canine flu is recommended for dogs that board, use day care, go to grooming or participate in group indoor activities. Dogs exposed to known infected dogs should be quarantined for 14 days. Infected dogs should be quarantined for 28 days.

   

THE BOTTOM LINE

If your dog is going to be housed indoors with other dogs, vaccinate for influenza.

   

For more information on Canine Influenza, here is our library page:

https://www.marvistavet.com/influenza-canine.pml

  

 

IN OBSERVANCE OF LABOR DAY 2021,

OUR HOSPITAL WILL BE CLOSING AT 3PM ON MONDAY SEPTEMBER 6TH.


Please schedule accordingly.


 

   

SCHEDULE CHANGES

 

You may have noticed some new faces this past month as well as some schedule changes.

Our hospital will be closing to medical appointments most Wednesdays, though, we will be available for some animal nurse appointments, medication pick ups, pet bathing, and similar activities.

Medical appointment hours will complete at 3 PM on Tuesdays and Thursdays as well, though, again, we will be available for services until 6 PM as described above.

We will also be hosting several visiting veterinarians over the next several months. Let us know who you like (or don't like) as we eventually hope to add a new associate to our hospital family.


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