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Westgate Pet Clinic now recommending Canine Flu Vaccine


dogs-at-the-park freeDue to the recent outbreak of Canine Influenza in Chicago, and at least one reported case of flu in Wisconsin, Westgate Pet Clinic is now recommending that all dogs that go to dog parks, kennels, and dog shows be immunized against Canine Influenza.  
 

It is important to know that the flu outbreak in Chicago is a different variant of influenza virus then the available canine flu vaccine.  Unlike the human influenza virus which mutates quickly and changes almost every year, the canine influenza virus in the United States has been stable as type H3N8 for years.  The Chicago canine flu outbreak was caused by type H3N2, a variant that has not previously been seen in the United States.  We are hopeful that the H3N8 flu vaccine will offer some immunity to the H3N2 virus.

 

Here are some important facts about Canine flu:

- According to the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), the flu virus is highly contagious.  "Almost all dogs exposed to CIV will become infected, and the majority (80%) of infected dogs develop flu-like illness. The mortality (death) rate is low (less than 10%)."   Dogs that are very young, very old, and immune compromised dogs are at higher risk of complications from flu. 

- Symptoms of canine inlfuenza include: lethargy, cough, fever and nasal discharge. 

May: The Ragdoll

ragdoll freeHistory of the breed: The Ragdoll is a relatively new breed of cat.  Developed in the 1960's by a breeder named Ann Baker in Riverside CA, her kitty, Josephine and Josephine's sons, Daddy Warbucks and Blackie, are the origin of this special breed of cat.
  
If you research the history of the Ragdoll, you will soon discover that there was a lot of controversy and drama around the creation and popularization of this breed of cat.  Ann Baker's dream was to franchise Ragdoll catteries and she got paid a royalty fee for every kitten sold.  She was very keen on promoting this new breed of cat.  As time went on, however, her claims about the breed became outlandish.  She promoted the Ragdoll as being immune to pain, having a human gene in them, and even went so far as to say that they represent a link between humans and space aliens. 
 
Another set of breeders, Denny and Laura Dayton, came on the scene several years after the inception of the breed.  Their goal was to legitimize the breed and promote them for what they are, exceptionally docile and friendly companions. 
 
The fact that Ragdolls have acheived world wide popularity is a testament to the fabulousness of this cat.  Had this breed not been so exceptional in their nature and beauty, it likely would not have survived the controversy of it's origins. 

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Westgate Pet Clinic provides veterinary services to the Edina and Minneapolis area.