Archive for November, 2013

Deadly new virus attacking dogs: What you need to know

TUCSON (KGUN9-TV) – When dogs first started coming into the veterinary clinics, lethargic and vomiting, veterinarians didn’t know exactly what they were dealing with.

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But now it’s clear the new virus, circovirus, is one that originated in pigs and birds, and vets say there are a lot more questions than answers.

Dogs around the country are falling ill to this potentially deadly disease, and Dr. Ashleigh Rhoades from Southern Arizona Veterinary Center said owners should be on the lookout.

“What they’re going to see is a severe depression, collapse, weakness, vomiting and diarrhea and not wanting to eat,” she said.

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But if symptoms get this bad, Rhoades said dogs can suffer severe organ failure and even die.

“As long as we can get them in early and start treatment, the prognosis is much better,” she explained. “The later we get these animals, the worse they are and it’s really tough…it’s much tougher to get them healthy again.”

Vets have seen possible cases in Ohio, Michigan and right next door in California.

Experts aren’t sure how the virus jumped from pigs and birds to man’s best friend, but they say between dogs, it’s highly contagious, and more likely to be spread through kennels or dog parks.

There is no vaccine for dogs as the virus is too new, but vets say it can be treated and to get your pet in right away if it exhibits any of the symptoms.

By Simone Del Rosario on November 16, 2013

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November 22, 2013 at 1:58 am Leave a comment

Vets Corner-The Trick of Treating

Article by: Dr. Landorf, Oakwood Hills Animal Hospital

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Recently reported illnesses linked to the feeding of jerky treats manufactured in China have reopened the question of what can I give to my dog or cat that I am sure is a safe and reasonable snack.  There are still many questions about what is causing these illnesses, but there is no doubt that a large percentage of the treats given to these pets are made in China and contain chicken, duck, sweet potato, or dried fruit.  Several of these have been recalled as traces of antibiotics have been found in the products, but it is not clear that the antibiotic is the causative agent.

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What is known is that nearly 600 dogs have died since 2007 after having eaten jerky treats made in China.  The treats have been sold under a variety of brand names.  Most illnesses were reported to the Food and Drug Administration by the pet owners, while many others were reported by veterinarians who have seen multiple cases of stomach and intestinal diseases, kidney failure, and a rare kidney disease known as Fanconi syndrome.

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Symptoms of the illness are decreased appetite, decreased activity, vomiting and diarrhea (sometimes intestinal bleeding), increased thirst and increased urination.  Many of the symptoms show up within hours of eating the treats.

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The most common scenario is a small breed dog who has consumed a large amount of the treats.  Because the disease etiology is unknown, the FDA is trying to get the word out to pet owners and veterinarians not only to prevent illnesses and deaths, but also to request assistance in gaining more information from owners of pets that have been sickened or have died.  In humans it is the norm to perform autopsies on those that have died from mysterious or unknown cause, while in pets most owners are unlikely to have a post –mortem exam performed for various reasons.

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In the vast majority of cases the symptoms dissipate when the pet stops eating the treats.  This is why it is important to get the word out as continued feeding of the treats can lead to the more serious and life threatening disease.

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At the beginning of 2013 a few of these products were removed from the market after finding residues of 6 drugs at a lab in New York.  The products removed from the market at that time included Milo’s Kitchen Chicken Jerky treats and Chicken Grillers made by Del Monte, and Waggin’ Train and Canyon Ranch dog treats made by Nestle Purina.

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The FDA has been unable to institute a widespread recall on jerky treats made in China as a causative agent has not yet been identified.

You can report complaints about FDA regulated pet food products at http://www.fda.gov/petfoodcomplaints.

As always, the best thing we can do is to know what is in the food and treats we give to our pets and where it was produced.  That is good advice for ourselves as well.

This article was taken from the Pet Sitters Association Members Newsletter.

November 10, 2013 at 8:07 pm Leave a comment

Pet Sitting Oscar

When Oscar and I aren’t at the dog park or taking our walks around the beautiful Queen Anne neighborhood…

Oscar enjoying the water at Magnuson Dog Park

Oscar enjoying the water at Magnuson Dog Park

Walking around the neighborhood amongst the fall leaves

Walking around the neighborhood amongst the fall leaves

we are hanging around the Condo overlooking the beautiful view of Seattle and Elliott Bay.  I enjoy watching planes of all different shapes and sizes circling over the city on their way to SeaTac.  I have even seen a couple of unique aircraft.

Plane pulling a banner

Plane pulling a banner

I even saw a blimp come in and land at Seattle Center and leave again

I saw a blimp come in and land at Seattle Center and leave again!

Barges and ferries are constantly coming in and out of Elliott Bay.

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Since I’ve been here there has been all kinds of weather.  We’ve had a wind storm with gusts of over 50 mph.  The big planters on the deck blew over and there were fallen branches and debris all over on our walk.  For over a week the city was covered with an unusual fog bank.  And we’ve had cloudy and sunny days.  Every day is beautiful in its own way.  Here are some shots I’ve gotten of the beautiful view.

Space Needle peeking out of the fog

Space Needle peeking out of the fog

Morning shot with the morning sun shining on the buildings

Morning shot with the morning sun shining on the buildings

Space Needle with Mt. Rainier in background

Space Needle with Mt. Rainier in background

Beautiful view of the city at night

Beautiful view of the city at night

On Oct. 26th the Space Needle was lit in Husky Purple as a tribute to UW football coach Don James.  The fog cover made it look Absolutely awesome!

On Oct. 26th the Space Needle was lit in Husky Purple as a tribute to UW football coach Don James. The fog cover made it look Absolutely awesome!

Oscar isn’t too interested in the view.  When I’m not rubbing his belly or playing tug of war with him, he’s pretty content hanging out on his bed.

Oscar hanging out on his bed

Oscar hanging out on his bed

 

When I’m not enjoying the sights of the Bay and City, I’m watching the birds coming onto the deck and getting their breakfast.  I put out peanuts every morning for them.

Western Scrub Jay grabbing his morning peanuts

Western Scrub Jay grabbing his morning peanuts

Steller Jay coming for his breakfast

Stellar Jay coming for his breakfast

The crows sneak a few peanuts too

The crows sneak a few peanuts too

And the hummingbirds come to get their nectar.  There are two that I see.  I think it’s a male and female.  They’re so sweet and delicate.

This hummingbird hangs out on the deck quite often

This hummingbird hangs out on the deck quite often

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Soon I’ll be leaving Oscar and this wonderful place, but I’m looking forward to going to the Phinney Ridge neighborhood to pet sit for a couple of pups I’ve watched before with a new little 4 month old Yorkie addition.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

November 3, 2013 at 7:26 pm Leave a comment