Wet Nose News: January 2016

February is National
Pet Dental Health Month

$50 off a Teeth Cleaning

Healthy teeth make for a happy pet. Not only do regular dental cleanings make your pet's breath feel fresher and their mouth cleaner, they are also the most effective way to combat dental disease. Periodontal disease is the most common disorder among pets nationwide, as it affects over 80 percent of dogs and 70 percent of cats by age three. In its later stages, dental disease can cause heart, kidney and liver complications. Thankfully, since it progresses slowly, dental disease can be easy to spot, and you can prevent it with a proper dental hygiene routine.

In addition to their regular cleanings, you should periodically inspect your pet’s mouth yourself, making note of any gum inflammation, discoloration or halitosis (bad breath). If you notice any of these, or if your pet is eating strangely or having trouble chewing, make sure to call your veterinarian as soon as you can.

At Northwest Neighborhood Veterinary Hospital, we are committed to your pets and their dental health. To help facilitate a good start to a happy mouth, we are offering $50 off dental cleanings in the month of February. Call us today at 503-505-7576 and schedule an appointment to discuss the best dental health strategies for your beloved furry friend.

 

Canine Influenza 

Canine influenza is a viral respiratory infection in dogs. There are two strains identified in the United States: H3N8 and H3N2. Occasionally dogs can be infected with the circulating human influenza virus. Outbreaks among dogs have been reported in Florida (2004) and Illinois (2015). Recently, H3N2 has been reported in Washington State.   As of this newsletter, there have been no cases of H3N2 reported in Oregon.

Signs of illness can vary greatly, but usually dogs will have a cough, runny nose and sometimes a fever. Canine influenza virus is very contagious and most dogs become sick within 24 hours of exposure. Canine influenza is an airborne disease, much like kennel cough, so the virus is spread through droplets from a cough or sneeze or by coming in contact with contaminated objects (i.e. toys). Most infected dogs are mildly ill and recover completely with supportive care. In rare cases, canine influenza infection can lead to pneumonia or other bacterial infections and require antibiotics.

Infection risk is much higher in dogs who attend daycare, training classes, dog parks or boarding facilities. After the 2004 H3N8 outbreak, a vaccine was developed, but similar to the human influenza vaccine, cross protection between strains is unlikely. A H3N2 vaccine has been conditionally released in December of 2015, but is still pending large efficacy and safety studies. Most Oregon dogs do not need the vaccine, but if you have concerns or questions about your dog’s canine influenza infection risk, please contact us.  
 

Recent Community Involvement

Friendly House Feb-16 2 - $100 gift certificates for services 
Skyline School Auction Feb-16 2 - $100 gift certificates for services 
St. Luke Lutheran Church Feb-16 2 - $100 gift certificates for services 
St. Mary's Academy Apr-16 1/2 Day with the vet certificate

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