To make matters worse, it was determined that the outbreak was caused by a strain of canine influenza not previously seen in the United States. This new strain, H3N2, was thought to have originated in Asia.
For the past decade, the only known canine influenza virus type was strain H3N8. This strain of influenza has been traveling around the United States and causing outbreaks of infection for many years.
The new H3N2 strain of influenza did make its way to Minnesota and confirmed cases were found in dogs residing in Detroit Lakes and St. Paul.
Up until recently, the only canine influenza vaccine that was available was for the H3N8 strain. Westgate Pet Clinic was previously recommending vaccinating dogs for H3N8, with the hopes that it would provide some protection against the H3N2 strain.
Westgate Pet Clinic now has the H3N2 strain of influenza vaccine available. This vaccine needs to be boostered 3 weeks after the initial vaccine, and then yearly after that.
History of the Breed
Exotic Shorthair cats are a cross between an American or British Shorthair and a Persian. They were originally created in the early 1960’s and formally recognized by the Cat Fancier’s Association in 1967.
The Exotic Shorthair cat has been nicknamed, the “lazy man’s Persian”. The reason being is that the Exotic Shorthair has the temperament and conformation of a Persian, but because their coat is short and dense, instead of long and prone to matting, there is a lot less upkeep.
Exotic Shorthairs tend to be gentle, calm, and playful. They will follow you around the house and then cuddle in your lap when you settle in.
- Because they are a brachycephalic (flat faced) breed, they are more prone to upper respiratory problems. Their large, bulging eyes are also at higher risk of injury. Don’t delay seeking veterinary care if you notice squinting of the eyes, sneezing, or discharge from the nose.
- They tend to have overflowing of tears onto the face. Keeping the face wiped dry can help prevent a secondary skin infection on the face.
- Because they are prone to kidney disease, annual blood work starting at age 7 years of age is recommended. Sooner if you notice excessive thirst, large urine production, vomiting or weight loss.