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We understand how important the health of your pets are to you.
This section will hopefully give you some helpful information that will keep your pets safe and healthy!

Update on the Canine Influenza Virus! The canine influenza virus (CIV) not only affects dogs, but also can cause illness in cats. The current CIV vaccine, which we are not currently carrying, was created for the H3N8 strain, not H3N2. There is currently no proven study showing that the H3N8 vaccine makes any difference in H3N2 cases or prevention. If your pet has a sudden respiratory illness, it is best to keep it isolated from other dogs and cats to prevent spread of this highly contagious virus. We have not yet had any CIV cases at Bradley Animal Hospital as of this time, but if you bring us a patient with respiratory illness, we ask that you keep your pet in the car for us to escort you in a side door. As far as we know, CIV is not currently in our area yet, but we want to make sure you have information about this virus.
  • http://atwork.avma.org/2015/04/13/chicago-canine-influenza-outbreak-traced-h3n2-strain/

    Over 600 animals have died with several others sickened by chicken jerky treats made in China. Reports say they are unsure why these animals are becoming so ill and dying. If you have purchased chicken, duck, or sweet potato jerky treats please return them to the store in which they were originally purchased from. Check out the links for more information regarding these treats and current recalls...
  • http://www.nbcnews.com/health/pet-jerky-treat-mystery-nearly-600-animals-dead-still-no-8C11436330
  • http://www.nbcnews.com/health/firms-withdraw-chicken-jerky-pet-treats-over-antibiotics-1B7910919?franchiseSlug=healthmain
  • www.fda.gov/animalVeterinary/safetyhealth/recallswithdrawals/default.htm

    Health insurance is always an option for you and your pet to help with some of the cost related to routine and emergency care necessary for your pet to live a long and happy life. Here are some links for pet health insurance:
  • www.aspcapetinsurance.com
  • www.gopetplan.com
  • www.petinsurance.com
  • www.petsbest.com

    Did you know that every time you take your dog to the pet store, park, groomer, vet, or even a neighborhood dog party your dog may potentially be exposed to kennel cough?

    Kennel Cough is an air-borne virus that can be very contagious to dogs. Signs of kennel cough are upper-respiratory problems from a dry hacking cough to sneezing. This virus is generally not deadly unless left untreated where secondary infections may set in (like pneumonia) which can be much more serious. To prevent your dog from catching this virus you can vaccinate against it. We require all dogs to be vaccinated against this virus when staying in our facility, but not all boarding facilities, groomers, and obedience classes require this. Therefore, we strongly recommend to vaccinate your dog at least a week before you enter any of the above listed places. Every vaccine takes a few days before it can protect completely.

    There are many hazards in the home for your pets that you may not be aware of.
    The following is a list of different household products and items you should keep out of reach of your pets...

  • Ibuprofen, Tylenol, cold and flu medications.
  • Home insect products
  • Rat and Mouse baits and poisons
  • Mothballs
  • Liquid potpourri
  • Tobacco products
  • Certain Household Plants like: Aloe, Amaryllis, Andromeda Japonica, Asian Lily, Asparagus Fern, Austrailan Nut, Autumn Crocus, Azalea, Belladonna, Bird of Patadise, Bittersweet, Black Locust, Branching Ivy, Buckeye, Buddhist Pine, Caladium, Calla Lily, Castor Bean, Ceriman, Clematis, Cordatum, Corn Plant, Cycads, Cyclamen, Daffodil, Daylily, Devil's Ivy, Dieffen Bachia, Dumbcane, Easter Lily, Elephant Ears, Emerald Fern, English Ivy, Eucalyptus, Ferns, Fiddle-leaf Philodendron, Gold dust Dracaena, Florida Beauty, Foxglove, Glacier Ivy, Gladiolas, Golden Pothos, Heavenly Bamboo, Honeysuckle, Hurricane Plant, Hyacinth, Hydrangea, Iris, Jerusalem Cherry, Jimson Weed, Kalanchoe, Lantana, Lilies, Lily of the Valley, Lupine, Marble Queen, Morning Glory, Mother-In-Law, Mountain Laurel, Narcissus, Needlepoint Ivy, Nephthysis, Nightshade, Oleander, Panda, Peace Lily, Philodendron, Poison Hemlock, Precatory Bean, Privet, Red Emerald, Rhododendron, Ribbon Plant, Sago Palm, Satin Pothos, Schefflera, Striped Dracaena, Sweetheart Ivy, Tulip, Water Hemlock, Wisteria, Yew, and Yucca
  • Avocados
  • Chocolate (all forms)
  • Coffee (all forms)
  • Onions & Onion Powder
  • Garlic
  • Grapes
  • Raisins
  • Macadamia Nuts
  • Bones - Turkey, chicken, and other small animal bones are very different from the large bones you find at the pet store. These small bones splinter easily and can cause serious internal damage if swallowed, so NEVER give them to your pet.
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Moldy/spoiled foods
  • Gum, candies, or other foods sweetened with xylitol
  • Tea Leaves
  • Raw Yeast Dough
  • Antifreeze/Coolant
  • De-icing salts
  • Pesticides
  • Cocoa bean shell mulch fertilizer
    This information is courtousy of the ASPCA.
    For more information about hazards in the home, visit the ASPCA at www.aspca.org