Archive for June, 2016

Heatstroke: Understanding and Preventing Heatstroke in our Pets.

Wednesday, June 22nd, 2016

Heat stroke danger for pets

Summer has arrived and we have seen how quickly Chicago and the suburbs can heat up!

Early summer is the time when we see the most cases of heatstroke in our dogs and cats. They need special attention at this time of year and now is a good time to review the dangers of heatstroke and how best to prevent it.

What is heatstroke?

Heatstroke, heat exhaustion, or hyperthermia occurs when internal heat cannot be expelled properly from the body and the internal body temperature begins to rise. We see this occur quickly on hot days.  However, humidity and body conditioning play a significant role as well.

Cats and dogs can suffer from heatstroke.

Cats and dogs are both potential candidates for heatstroke.

The brachycephalic (short nosed) breeds, such as Himalayan and Persian cats, as well as bulldogs, pugs and Boston terrier dogs, to name a few, are far more susceptible to heat exhaustion and require even closer observation and care during the warmer months.

Heatstroke can develop quickly in as little as 15-20 minutes or it can gradually arise over the course of hours. Either way, it can progress rapidly once the temperature has elevated to cause extremely profound changes to the internal organs.

How do dogs and cats regulate their temperatures?

Dogs and cats are able to regulate their body heat through panting and evaporative cooling on their nose and foot pads. (more…)

Update on the canine influenza virus H3N2

Monday, June 6th, 2016
dog flu outbreak

We recommend the H3N2 canine flu vaccination for high risk patients.

There is currently a resurgence of H3N2 acute canine influenza cases occurring in our area.

We continue to see dogs that present with respiratory signs that test positive for the H3N2 virus. These dogs frequently have had recent communal contact with other dogs at doggy daycare or boarding facilities usually 2-5 days prior.

Anecdotally, we have noticed that patients that have been immunized with the conditional vaccine marketed by the pharmaceutical company Zoetis have demonstrated much less severe symptoms and course of disease.   Also, many previously immunized patients did not develop the disease following direct exposure as well.  Therefore, we do advise if you have any questions regarding the new canine influenza virus or immunization please give our office a call.

We recommend immunizing any high risk patients for the canine influenza virus.

Lastly, if you have dogs that live with cats in your home, some cats have been diagnosed with the canine H3N2 influenza virus and are at risk for also developing clinical signs.   Unfortunately, there is no immunization available for cats at this time.  If you have any questions regarding your feline friend, please give us a call.