The Pet Doctor

We “Welcome” Fletcher to the family!!

First of all I want to say that I, Sir Frederick, the CEO of The Pet Doctor thank you for attending this press conference that I’m holding in regards to the photos leaked to the media by certain members of my core staff. Punishments will be doled out as I see fit. But to get ahead of the media explosion that is now being called by our shareholders the “Fletcher Effect”, we’d like to say “Welcome” to the family.

As a good, loyal, and amazingly handsome and divine big brother I’ll take young Fletcher under my wing and teach him the finer things about life here running the best vet clinic and doggie daycare in Myrtle Beach. Just some of the things I will teach him are:

  • I get all cheesy puffs, the aren’t for Fletchers
  • Only I am handsome, after a trial period he may be dubbed with the title cute
  • I approve of all mommy love cuddle sessions, that he won’t be part of
  • I’ll be part of all press releases as I am the face of the business, he will remain in the back
  • NEVER. TOUCH. MY. BED…… YOUR BED IS ALSO MINE.
  • Until your trial period is over, you must pay 15-20% of your food portions to Me as a boarding fee

Of course there will be other things about the business that I will teach him, but those are the most important.

The guilty party who leaked the info about our new team member will be dealt with swiftly I assure you. The cheesy puff tax has risen considerably here to meet the new needs. We are saddened by the addition, I mean overjoyed that he has joined the team and is eager to put his best paw forward towards our continued success. Per the request of many of you out there we will leave the rest of this conference with pictures of the accused, I mean our new employee.

Thank you,

Sir Frederick

***ALERT*** Canine Influenza and the Bivalent Vaccine

Hey guys Sir Frederick is here with another Fabulous Frederick Finding! It’s a serious one guys, a virus that has been affecting the canine community recently. I’m talking about the Canine Influenza (CI), It’s the highly contagious viral infection that has been affecting dogs and also cats in some cases.

 

The Facts on The Beast

Influenza viruses belong to the family Othomyxviridae, and Canine Influenza is a Type A influenza virus. It can be further identified based on the composition of two specific proteins in the lipid outer layer of the capsid: Hemagglutinin (HA) and Neuraminidase (NA). Currently there are two strains of CI virus that have been identified in the United States, H3N8 and H3N2.

Influenza viruses in general have the ability to quickly change and give rise to new strains. These new strains could possibly infect other species. Both strains of CI can be traced back to strains that were infecting other species at some point. H3N2 was first identified back in Florida in 2004. It was cycling through racing greyhounds. Many schools of thought think this strain was developed from the Equine H2N8. Since 2004 this strain has been identified in most U.S. states and the District of Columbia.

H3N2 was first identified in March of 2015 after there was an outbreak of respiratory illness in dogs of the Chicago area. Previously the H3N2 was restricted to South Korea, China and Thailand. This strain is thought to have been a direct transfer from the Avian Influenza and was first discovered 2006-2007. After the initial diagnosis in Chicago H3N2 was reported in a number of states. In early 2016 a host of shelter cats in Indiana were diagnosed with H3N2. It was most likely transmitted to them from infected dogs.

Recently, in May of 2017 canine H3N2  was diagnosed in dogs in the states of Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Texas, Kentucky, Tennessee, Missouri, Louisiana, and Illinois,

Currently there is no evidence of either strain being able to be transmitted to humans.

Transmission of Canine Influenza

CI is transmitted through droplets or aerosols containing respiratory secretions from coughing, barking, and sneezing. Just like with kennel cough, dogs in places such as kennels, groomers, daycare facilities and shelters are at a higher risk for infection if a dog with the strain has been there. CI can be spread indirectly through objects such as the kennels, food/water bowls, collars and leashes. People who have been in contact with infected dogs can also spread the virus. It’s of the utmost importance to clean and disinfect objects that have been in contact with an infected dog to avoid further exposure.

The virus can remain viable on surfaces for up to 48 hours, and on clothing for 24 hours. On a person’s hands it can last up to 12 hours. So proper disinfection is key. H3N8 has an incubation period of 1-5 days and in most cases clinical signs show up 2-3 days after exposure. Dogs with H3N2 my start showing respiratory signs between 2 and 8 days after infection. Ironically, dogs are most contagious during the incubation period and they shed the virus even though they are not showing any clinical signs.

Clinical Signs

CI Virus infects and replicates inside cells in the respiratory tract from the nasal lining to the terminal airways. The inflammatory response to the infection can cause rhinitis, tracheitis, bronchitis, and bronchiolitis. CI results in the death of the epithelial cells lining the respiratory tract, this in turn exposes the underling membranes. This predisposes the respiratory tract to secondary bacterial infections that contribute to nasal discharge and coughing.

Virtually all dogs exposed to CI become infected with approximately 80% developing clinical signs of disease. The approximately 20% of infected dogs that don’t exhibit clinical signs of the disease can still shed the virus and spread the infection. This virus causes an acute respiratory infection in dogs. THERE IS NO SEASON FOR CANINE INFLUENZA, the infection can happen at any time of the year. This infection can resemble kennel cough.

The most common sign is a cough that persists for 10-21 days despite of treatment with antibiotics and cough suppressants. Dogs can either have soft, moist coughs or dry coughs similar to those induced by kennel cough. There can be Nasal and/or ocular discharge, sneezing, lethargy and anorexia may be observed. Many dogs develop purulent nasal discharge and fever. Some dogs exhibit the signs of pneumonia and increased respiratory rate/effort. Most dogs recover without incident, but there have been deaths reported from H3N2.

Cats infected with H3N2 display signs of upper respiratory disease: Nasal discharge, congestion, malaise, lip smacking, and excessive salivation.

Diagosis of the disease can’t be done from clinical signs alone. Test such as virus isolation, immunoassays to detect virus antigens, PCR to detect virus Nucleic acid, and serology for antibodies specific to the virus. PCR is likely the most reliable test for diagnosis.

 

Treatment

Treatment is best decided by your veterinarian. Treatment for most viral infections are largely supportive. Good nutrition will help your dog’s immune response. In most dogs it takes 2-3 weeks to recover from the disease. Your veterinarian will employ antimicrobials for known or secondary bacterial infections, anti-inflammatory medications to reduce fever and inflammation, and fluids to help correct dehydration/maintain hydration. To prevent transmission of the virus, dogs infected with H3N2 should be isolated for at least 4 weeks. ANTIVIRAL DRUGS TO TREAT INFLUENZA ARE NOT APPROVED FOR USE IN DOGS. ONLY USE MEDICATIONS PRESCRIBED TO YOU BY YOUR VETERINARIAN.

 

With all that said, the morbidity rate is estimated at 80%, but the mortality rate is less than 10%. Death occurs mainly in dogs with the severe form of disease. Currently no fatalities have been reported in felines.

The Pet Doctor To The Rescue

We’re here to let you know that in kennel, boarding, veterinary, and shelter facilities CI appears to be easily killed by disinfectants they commonly use. If you suspect your pet has been exposed, then after a visit to your vet Isolation is one of the best defenses against it.

Vaccines ARE available for bother the H3N8 and H3N2 strains of virus. A bivalent vaccine, which protects against both strains, is available. We at The Pet Doctor carry the Bivalent vaccine. It’s a 2 shot series, you get the initial vaccine, and then return for a booster in 3-4 weeks to offer a year of protection. Call to schedule an appointment today. If you have any questions call and schedule a consultation, we’ll gladly answer any and all questions about Canine Influenza and the bivalent vaccine that we offer!

Call for an appointment 843-650-1555

Stay safe friends

For more information, check the links below:

Key Facts about Canine Influenza

Canine Influenza Fact Sheet

2015 Canine Influenza Chicago Outbreak Info

July Special: Boarding packages!!!

Hey guys It’s that time again! Yup you guessed it we’re running a special for our Doggie Daycare and Boarding Facility! Its time you booked your stay with us and we have packages that makes it easier than ever!

For the Month of July:

10 Day Packages:
Book a 10 day overnight stay and you will get 3 nights free! Or Book a 10 Days of Daycare package and get 3 days free!
14 Day Packages:
Book a 14 Day Overnight stay and get 3 nights free! Or Book a 14 Days of Daycare package and get 3 days of Daycare free

It’s Christmas In July!!!

Guess what next month is!? I’m willing to bet you just screamed the 4th of July didn’t you. Well that’s not what we’re talking about here in Frederick’s Findings. Today we’re talking about Christmas in July! Here at the Pet Doctor we’re celebrating by helping you get your pet’s teeth Frosty white in the spirit of Christmas.

Come take part of our Dental special running all next month and get a dental for $100, the regular price is $130. Take advantage of the special while we still have spots, we’re booking up fast! Call us today 843-650-1555

Merry Christmas in July!!!!!

Come Board With Us!!!

Hey guys It’s that time again! Yup you guessed it we’re running a special for our Doggie Daycare and Boarding Facility! Its time you booked your stay with us and we have packages that makes it easier than ever!

10 Day Packages:

Book a 10 day overnight stay and you will get 3 nights free!

Or

Book a 10 Days of Daycare package and get 3 days free!

 

14 Day Packages:

Book a 14 Day Overnight stay and get 3 nights free!

Or

Book a 14 Days of Daycare package and get 3 days of Daycare free!

 

Can you believe that? We’re giving away 3 days or nights free when you book a 10 or 14 day stay with us! That’s just service you can’t beat!!! Call us now for booking (843)-349-1333

Protect your loved ones from ticks!!!

 

 

Hey world!

The handsome Spokesperson of The Pet Doctor here, Sir Frederick, and I have to step in and drop some knowledge about flea and tick prevention. I know the next post was to be about allergies, but with all the news of Tick borne diseases on the rise I have to make sure that all my friends and family are safe!

Just like the name implies Tick Borne diseases are disease that you or your pet can get from a tick’s bite. Ticks are small arachnid ectoparasites that feed on the blood other mammals, reptiles and birds. Now that we know thy enemy, we need to know how to protect against them. A monthly flea and tick preventative is going to be your weapon of choice. First and foremost you need to pick up the kind of flea and heartworm preventative that best fits you and your pet.

Topical products:

You can apply topical products like K9 Advantix, or Frontline Gold. These two products are applied by parting the fur and applying directing to the skin. It travels around the skin via the oil on their skin. So the trick is not to wash it off once you apply it. Give your pet a bath before their next application time which should be monthly on the same day. If you need some or are running low you should contact The Pet Doctor today!

Chewable Treat/Pill:

You can use a chewable treat such as Nexgard or Bravecto. These are flavored tablets that are palatable and encourage your pet to be eager to eat them. They work to prevent/kill fleas and ticks from the inside out. Nexgard needs to be given every month for continued protection against fleas and ticks. Bravecto on the other hand is a product that works for 12 weeks. It’s a convenient product as long as you remember every 3 months to give the tablet. REMEMBER these are not flea and tick repellants, the parasite must bite the pet and then it will be killed.

Environmental treatment:

Treating your yard against parasites is a good defense against fleas and ticks as well. It provides another advantage for your loved one in this war against these disgusting parasites. Have your yard treated periodically to eliminate the threat.

 

That’s what I got for you right now, I assure you my diligent and brilliant staff at The Pet Doctor has more information for you. Just call for an appointment today 843-650-1555

 

Achooo! it’s allergy season!

ACHOOOOO!!!!

Sorry guys and gals, the blog has been dry because of allergies galore! That’s right ladies and gentlemen Allergy season is upon us and wreaking havoc among our communities and dog parks. I, the gallant Sir Frederick, shall enlighten you from the pollen induced fog with some info on Allergies in animals. There are a plethora of symptoms that you need to look for that are both obvious and not so obvious in your pet when they are being accosted by allergies.

Symptoms:

  • Increased scratching
  • Itchy, red, moist or scabbed skin
  • Itchy, runny eyes
  • Itchy back or base of tail (Common with Flea Allergy Dermatitis)
  • Itchy ears/ear infections
  • Sneezing
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Snoring from an inflamed throat
  • Paw chewing/swollen paws
  • Constant licking

Due to a lot of those symptoms, such as the licking, paw chewing, and scratching pets can often develop a secondary bacterial or yeast infection on their skins. Armed with that information you also need to know that any dog can develop allergies in their life. Some dog breeds do have allergic reactions more commonly such as terriers, setters, retrievers, flat faced breeds, and bulldogs.

Allergens:

Dogs are just like people in more ways than one, allergies are no different. Dogs can have environmental allergies as well as food allergies. Both types induced many of the same symptoms so one can know which is affecting them without testing, food trials, or good old process of elimination.

Food allergies can be induced by any ingredients in the food a pet eats i.e. chicken, pork, corn, rice, grains, or peas. Anything can induce these symptoms. A food trial can be performed by changing your pet to a recommend diet with limited protein and vegetable sources and seeing if the symptoms are eliminated. This can take up to two months to perform and get real results. A more immediate answer can be achieved by doing a food allergy test on the pet by sending a blood sample to a lab via your veterinary clinic. The lab will send you back a very detailed report of every single thing that your pet is allergic to and you and the veterinarian can work out a treatment plan and diet.

Environmental allergies are what plague a lot of people right now. The same goes for pets right now. This can of allergy can be caused by pollen, dust, feathers, certain fabrics, insecticidal shampoos, dander, dust, and mold just to name a few things. Interestingly enough some pets even suffer from an allergy to humans. These symptoms can be regulated by antihistamines, and other medications from the veterinarian.

In the next blog post We’ll further discuss treatment, and medications that help alleviate the pets agony from allergies.

March Madness

So guys and gals, I Sir Frederick is back to let you know what’s going on with the Doggie daycare. We can proudly say that business is booming and we want you guys to come in as often as you want to join in on the fun. I mean who doesn’t want to come to this amazing pet resort on the beach? I’ll tell you who doesn’t, crazy people or Ocelots. Ocelots are insane. (Don’t tell Clemson and Hokie I said that hahaha)

Anyway back to business! During the Month of March we’re running a special. If you buy a 10 or 14 day package of Half or full day daycare you will get a 3 Day or Night package free! That’s right we said it, it’s our own March Madness lol you will get a 3 Day or Night Package free if you book a 10 or 14 day package of half or full day daycare. It’s just late February, you can go ahead and call now to set up the appointment!

Go ahead and call us, (843) 349-1333. We can’t wait to see you there!

American Heart Month

Hey guys did you know that February is American Heart Month? What better time than the month of love to raise awareness about heart health? Well the same can be said about pet health. We’re going to bring you some facts about Congestive Heart Failure (CHF) in dogs.

Congestive Heart Failure can be congenital, meaning your pet was born with heart defects. Things like old age, infection, and injury can make the condition worse. Also, as with humans diet and exercise play are a factor in heart health.

Symptoms:

  • Coughing (More than usual, during exercise or before bedtime)
  • Trouble breathing during Exercise
  • Tiring easily
  • Having a hard time settling down
  • Swollen belly from fluid buildup
  • Fainting because of blocked blood flow to the brain
  • Gum color turning from pink to bluish gray from lack of oxygen
  • Weight loss

When you bring your little one to the vet they will want to know all the symptoms that they are experiencing, and any medications you have been giving them. This also includes supplements that they may be taking. Very importantly they need to know if they are current on Heartworm prevention. The doctor will run a host of test on your pet to correctly diagnose the condition in your pet. Blood tests, urine tests. The doctor will take radiographs and ultrasounds to see the condition of the heart, and taking an EKG measure your pet’s heartbeat and rhythm.

Treatment:

The doctor may recommend various things depending on the individual dog’s needs. They may start them on a medication to help correct the pet’s irregular heartbeats, and help their heart work. Also a medication to slow the fluid buildup in the lungs. In extreme cases there may be the recommendation of surgery to correct a torn valve or to insert a pacemaker to help correct the heartbeat. A diet change will be recommended, whether it’s a switch to a low salt diet, or a prescription diet meant for dogs with a heart condition. Of course trying some careful exercise to help manage your pet’s weight without putting too much strain on your pets heart is recommended.

If your pet is diagnosed with CHF, you need to make sure to bring them in for regular visits to the vet for exams and blood work. Make not of any changes and how they feel during their treatments. This condition is never fully corrected, but can be managed and help your pet live a long healthy life as comfortably as possible by your side.

It’s February, American Heart Month, maybe you should schedule a visit with your vet and have their heart evaluated asap!

The Chocolate is coming!

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We’re here and we’re going to remind you early on about February 14th. Chocolate sales are on the rise and so are chocolate toxicity cases in vet clinics nationwide. So we’re just going to leave this nifty little link below to a chocolate toxicity calculator on PetMD so you can see just how dangerous chocolate can be for your pet. We know that most times a pet gets chocolate is an accident, but even still knowledge is power. We’ll have more on chocolate in a coming blog post

Link to Toxicity calculator:

http://www.petmd.com/dog/chocolate-toxicity