07/06/12: PEDIGREE CANNED DOG FOOD - Several Weight Diets - Recalled due to possible choking risk from pieces of plastic in food! Go to www.pedigree.com/update for more information.
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued another warning last week about chicken jerky dog treats. Since September 2007, veterinarians and dog owners around the nation have been reporting to the FDA cases in which chicken jerky dog treats, made in China, appear to be causing illness and death in dogs. An increased number of complaints have been noted in the past year.
Any chicken jerky product for dogs manufactured in China is potentially extremely dangerous. The chicken jerky is being sold as chicken tenders, strips, and treats. The products are being sold at a variety of establishments, including grocery stores and multiple types of pet specialty stores.
Some of the noticable symptoms in dogs may include any of the following:
Decreased appetite; Decreased activity; Vomiting; Diarrhea (with or without blood); Increased water consumption; Increased urination.
If your dog shows any of these symptoms or other illness or abnormal type of behavior, it is recommended that you immediately seek help from a veterinarian!
Also, if you are able to furnish any of the treats from the package containing the contaminated chicken, or furnish the packaging and/or receipt from where you purchased the treats to either your veterinarian or to your local Department of Public Health, this may assist in eliminating further distribution and use of these tainted products. If you live in the Los Angeles County, please report the incident to the County of LA Veterinary Public Health & Rabies Control Department at: 213-989-7060. All reports will be shared with the FDA.
NEWS FROM WAYNE PACELLE, PRESIDENT & CEO OF THE THE HUMANE SOCIETY OF THE UNITED STATES ("HSUS"):
"Expose Internet Puppy Dealers!
Internet puppy sellers with flashy websites often call themselves "breeder networks" and claim to sell puppies from responsible breeders. But frequently, customers report receiving sick or even dying puppies that they suspect were supplied by puppy mills.
Every year thousands are duped into purchasing unhealthy puppy mill puppies over the Internet. If you or anyone you know has purchased a sick puppy through an Internet seller, or you feel that the puppy's origin or other important information was concealed from you when you purchased the puppy, tell the HSUS your story today."
The SCVVC asks that you take this news seriously and spread the word as much as possible. Internet blogs and other means of communication can rapidly communicate this information to many people who are unaware of the many horrible conditions and situations involving these puppy mills. Please do your part in helping. It will only take a minute which can eliminate hours, days, and weeks of painful suffering of many poor, helpless animals.
Thank you for all you do.
The following information is being reported based on official alerts provided by governmental agencies and are documented as being true and correct.
RABIES ALERT – June 2011
LAGUNA BEACH ANIMAL SERVICES reported recently that a cat killed a bat that tested positive for rabies.
The cat was not up-to-date on rabies vaccination.
No current rabies certificate could be furnished.
As a result, the cat must undergo a six month rabies quarantine, per state law. Had the rabies vaccine been current, only a one month quarantine would be required.
And the owner is going through post rabies exposure treatment.
Please take the time to appropriately counsel your clients on the risks of rabies in this area, the risks and benefits of rabies vaccination, and to submit rabies certificates to your appropriate animal control office.
Rabies is local and active!
Rabies does exist in So Cal.!!
Rabies vaccinations are safe and effective!!!
Failing to vaccinate for Rabies has its own set of unintended consequences.
For further information about Rabies prevention and requirements contact your local animal control facility.
In Los Angeles, visit the public health website at http://publichealth.lacounty.gov/vet/index.htm
May 4, 2010
Canine Heartworm Risk Increased Along San Gabriel Valley Foothills
The San Gabriel Valley Mosquito & Vector Control District regularly monitors mosquito populations and tests samples of mosquitoes for diseases. Mosquito traps set in April collected high numbers of Aedes sierrensis, the western treehole mosquito. This small (about 1/4 inch) mosquito is the primary vector (or transmitter) of the Dirofilaria immitis, the parasite which causes heartworm disease in dogs, coyotes, and occasionally cats. Although human hearts are not affected, canine heartworms can in very rare cases cause nodules to form in the lungs or under the skin if people are bitten by infected mosquitoes.
Heartworm has rarely been detected in Southern California. It is most often seen in dogs that have traveled to, or have been imported from, areas of the United States where heartworm is endemic. However, last year, the County of Los Angeles Veterinary Public Health & Rabies Control Program reported an apparent increase in locally acquired cases of canine heartworm in Los Angeles County.
Please contact your regular veterinarian to obtain more information on getting your pet on a program to prevent heartworm infestation. If you do not have a regular veterinarian, we recommend that you contact the Southern California Veterinary Medical Association to obtain a list of member veterinarians in your vicinity. We also furnish lists of these veterinarians at our mobile vaccination clinics.
Rabies Found in Bat in LA County!
Acting Long Beach City Health Officer Dr. Anne Anglim is advising local residents to avoid contract with any bats they might com across. This precaution is important as a bat recently found in a neighboring community has tested positive for Rabies, which is a highly contagious disease that could be fatal in humans as well as animals.
For further information, please contact the City of Long Beach, Office of Animal Care Services at www.longbeach.gov/acs.
March 31, 2010
Distemper Outbreak in Los Angeles transmitted by Raccoons!
For information please contact the County of Los Angeles Public Health - Veterinary Public Health & Rabies Control or visit it's website at: http://publichealth.lacounty.gov/vet or contact your local animal control agency for the latest update on this contagious disease outbreak! For a list of animal control agencies, go to www.publichealth.lacounty.gov/vet/AnimalControlList.htm.
Distemper Outbreak Overview:
In the past 13 months, a large outbreak of Distemper has been occurring in Los Angeles County raccoons. This outbreak is a concern to all dog owners because dogs can catch this virus. So far, 137 total raccoon cases have been reported. In the same time period, cases were also reported in 41 dogs, 5 coyotes, 3 foxes, and 6 skunks. (Please note that these are only the "reported" cases, so there may be substantially more "unreported" cases).
Distemper is a contagious virus that can infect dogs, raccoons, skunks, lions, tigers, and ferrets. People cannot catch Distemper. Distemper infects the whole body and suppresses the immune system. An animal infected with Distemper spreads the virus either by direct physical contact with other animals, or by contaminating the environment with mucus, vomit, or diarrhea. Vaccination against Distemper is a key part of basic veterinary care for dogs. (It is the "D" in the DHPP vaccine that all dogs should receive). Distemper outbreaks occur frequently in local dogs.
Symptoms in dogs can be a combination or any one of the following: Tired-looking, low appetite, weight loss, fever, nasal discharge, eye discharge, diarrhea, vomiting, twitches, seizures, death.
Symptoms in raccoons can be a combination or any of the following: Tire-looking, eye discharge, nasal discharge, disoriented, not afraid of people, circling, diarrhea, twitches, seizures, skinny, found dead without apparently bodily injury.
What Should You Do?
Keep your pet current on it's vaccinations to help prevent contraction of these fatal diseases.
Stay away from undomesticated animals. Do not approach raccoons or other wild animals.
Never feed wildlife. Keep pet food and water bowls indoors, especially at night. Keep trash in sealed containers.
Cap chimneys, repair broken or missing vents and shingles on roofs. Seal access to spaces under homes and decks.
If you encounter an animal which is behaving in an aggressive or peculiar manner, regardless if it is a wild animal or someone's pet, keep people and pets away from it and contact your local animal control agency and/or police immediately!
If your dog has symptoms of Distemper, seek help from a veterinarian. Keep it away from other dogs. Wear gloves while cleaning up mucus, vomit or diarrhea. Disinfect bedding and bowls frequently. Wash hands after handling your dog, especially before touching other dogs.
March 23, 2010
Trinity County Dog Tests Positive for Rabies!
An unvaccinated Trinity County dog tested positive for rabies after biting at least one person. The dog's owner took the animal to Humboldt County for testing at the county Department of Public Health and Human Services' public health laboratory. On Thursday, the test came back positive, according to a press release from the Humboldt County Department of Health and Human Services.
Three adults and two children, all Trinity County residents, came into contact with the dog and are undergoing a series of injections to prevent a Rabies infection. (Please note that a bite does not need to occur to contract Rabies).
Pet vaccination remains incredibly important. You're not just protecting your pet. You're also protecting your family, your neighbors, and anyone else who may come into contact with your animal.
Please contact your local health department for further information.
Animal Influenza & Swine Flu
The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health Communicable Disease Control and Prevention Division Veterinary Public Health and Rabies Control announced the following information in December 2009 concerning ANIMAL INFLUENZA:
Q. DO ANIMALS GET INFLUENZA OR FLU?
A. Yes. Flu is a respiratory illness in various animals. Influenza viruses affect several different animals, such as; horses, cats, dogs, birds, swine, and people. It is contagious and spreads rapidly among susceptible animals. Many influenza A viruses infect poultry. Clinical signs are mainly in chickens and turkeys. Ducks are often asymptomatic.
Q. WHAT ARE THE SYMPTOMS OF FLU IN ANIMALS?
A. Some animals show signs of an upper respiratory infection and others may not show any illness, but may be a source of the virus for susceptible individuals.
Q. DOES ANIMAL INFLUENZA SPREAD BETWEEN VARIOUS TYPES OF ANIMALS?
A. Influenza of horses usually remains in horses and bird flu generally stays in birds.
Q. HOW IS FLU IN ANIMALS PREVENTED?
A. Prevention requires hygienic management practices. Sick animals should be isolated. For some influenzas (swine and canine flu), there is a vaccine for the animals. There is no vaccine for pets against the 2009 H1N1 influenza.
Q. HOW IS FLU IN ANIMALS TREATED:
A. There is no effective treatment, although antimicrobials may reduce secondary bacterial infections. Sick animals need rest and supportive care. Influenza-specific antiviral drugs are not approved for the use in animals. These drugs can be expensive when treating an 800 pound horse.
Q. WHEN DID CATS AND DOGS START GETTING THE FLU?
A. Influenza was documented to cause natural outbreaks of illness in cats and dogs in the beginning of this century. It was seen in racing Greyhounds in Florida and zoo cats in Thailand. The cats were fed raw chicken carcasses infected with bird flu. Dogs got influenza from horses.
Pandemic H1N1 Influenza 2009:
Q. CAN PEOPLE GET NORMAL SWINE FLU?
A. Swine flu viruses don't usually infect humans. There have been occasional cases, usually among people who've had direct contact with infected pigs, such as farm workers. Most human cases come from direct pig contact.
Q. WHAT'S DIFFERENT ABOUT THE NEW SWINE FLU OR PANDEMIC H1N1 2009?
A. We're not talking about the "normal swine flu". Pandemic H1N1 2009 is an influenza that people spread to other people. Pandemic H1N1 is being transmitted person-to-person. The "new swine flu" is a misnomer as people get it from other people, not pigs. Humans get it from other people. The virus is constantly mutating. People are worried as the current mutation contains parts of human virus, avian virus from North American and pig viruses from North America, Europe and Asia.
Q. CAN ANIMALS GET PANDEMIC H1N1 FROM PEOPLE?
A. Yes. The virus in people has spread to animals causing disease. Companion animals, such as cats, dogs and ferrets, have caught the illness from their owners. Pandemic H1N1 has also been seen in pigs. Workers sick with H1N1 brought the disease onto the farms and infected pigs. Some swine farmers increased biosecurity on their facilities to keep people sick with pandemic flu off their farms. Because of the risk of infection to animals, people with influenza should minimize contact with pets and livestock until they recover from their infection.
Please go to our affiliate website at www.stantonpethospital.webs.com to obtain a list of daytime veterinarians and emergency pet hospitals in the Los Angeles and Orange Counties.