NewsletterThe veterinarians and staff at the Dover Veterinary Hospital are pleased to provide you with an online newsletter. This fun and fact-filled newsletter is updated on a regular basis.

Included in the newsletter are articles pertaining to pet care, information on our animal hospital, as well as news on the latest trends and discoveries in veterinary medicine.

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Current Newsletter Topics

Bird Flu Outbreak Spreads To 16 States

A recent bird flu outbreak has sickened millions of birds, but officials at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention say that the risk to humans and other animals is minimal. The outbreak began in December 2014 and has continued to spread. Health officials in Iowa, the top egg-producing state in the US, say that more than 5 million chickens would need to be euthanized after the virus was detected at a large commercial poultry facility.

While some humans have been sickened by another strain of the virus in the past, there are no cases of the strain responsible for this outbreak infecting humans, and the CDC says the risk for humans is low. This virus does not spread through consumption of poultry products.

Although the risk is minimal, the CDC recommends the following:

  • Avoid wild birds and avoid contact with domestic birds that appear ill or have died
  • If you have had contact with infected birds, monitor your own health for conjunctivitis or flu-like symptoms, and see a doctor if these symptoms appear

If you would like more information about bird flu, talk to your veterinarian.

Microchipped Pets Are More Likely To Be Returned Home

Lost pets that have microchips are more likely to be reunited with their owners. This is according to a recent study published by a leading veterinary journal.

Animal shelters in twenty three states participated in this study. It was revealed that shelter officials were able to find the owners of microchipped pets 4 out of 5 times.

“This is the first time there has been good data about the success of shelters finding the owners of pets with microchips,” says Dr. Linda Lord, lead author of the study and professor Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine.

According to shelter statistics, lost microchipped cats were twenty times more likely to be returned to owners than non-microchipped cats. Microchipped dogs were 2.5 times more likely to be returned to their owners than non-microchipped dogs.

The major reason why pet owners could not be located was due to incorrect or disconnected phone numbers in the registration database. “The chip is only as good as the information that the owner provides. The pet owner needs to make sure that their information is always up-to-date.” Lord says.

Owners’ not returning calls or answering letters, unregistered microchips and microchips registered to a database that differed from the manufacturer were other reasons owners were not found, according to the study.

The results of this study clearly indicate the advantage of microchipping your pet. However, even though microchipping is essential, nothing replaces the need for a collar and tag with your pet’s name and your phone number, Lord says.

Fourth Of July Pet Safety Tips

Fireworks and the Fourth of July go together like ... well, fireworks and the Fourth of July. While you may already have safeguards in place for people and children, there are additional things to consider for pet owners. Here are a few tips on helping your pets remain safe and happy while dealing with fireworks.

Always keep fireworks out of reach of your pet. While this may seem obvious for lit fireworks, it’s important to keep unlit fireworks away from your pets as well. Ingesting fireworks could be lethal for your pet. If your pet does get into your fireworks, contact your veterinarian right away.

Be aware of projectiles. Roman candles, for example, have projectile capabilities. If used incorrectly, an ejected shell can hit a pet, causing burning. If your pet gets burned, contact your veterinarian right away.

Keep your pet on a leash or in a carrier. Never let your pets run free in an area where fireworks are going off.

Know what do to in case of a seizure. For some animals, being in the presence of fireworks can trigger a seizure. If your pet is prone to seizures, he or she should never be around fireworks – but most pet owners won’t know if their dog is prone to seizures until he or she experiences one. If this happens, stay calm and remove any objects in the area that might hurt your pet. Do not attempt to move your pet, as they may bite without knowing it. When the seizure is over, move him or her into an area clear of the firework’s sights and sounds. Call your veterinarian right away.

Ease your pet’s fear. Many pets are frightened of fireworks, and may exhibit fear by whimpering, crying, or otherwise displaying uneasiness. Create a safe space for these animals before the event. During the fireworks, use the radio, television, fan or air conditioner to create white noise that will drown out the sound of the fireworks.

By planning ahead and keeping key information in mind, your pet can have a happy, stress-free Fourth of July – and so can you!

The Most Dog-Friendly Cities in the US: From Paucity to Paw City

As dog owners, we’ve all been there: You head for the door and even before you reach for your coat your dog is staring at you expectantly, tail wagging wildly. “C’mon let’s go! Where are we going?! C’mon!” the eyes and wiggling body seem to say. It’s always a little heartbreaking when you have to leave him behind. In a growing number of places across the country, however, you don’t have to leave your beloved pal to pine for you, or worse, to eat your favorite shoes.

Local governments and businesses are making it easy to grab the leash more often, which has important benefits for not just your enthusiastic companion’s overall quality of life, but for the bond you share as well.

These Cities Have Gone to the Dogs

So which cities rank at the top?

Richie Bernardo at Wallet Hub ranked cities based on metrics such as ownership and maintenance costs, health care and pet friendly outdoor spaces. The following made his top ten:

  • Cincinnati, OH
  • Las Vegas, NV
  • Scottsdale, AZ
  • Irvine, CA
  • Sacramento, CA
  • Atlanta, GA
  • Tampa, FL
  • St. Louis, MO
  • Orlando, FL
  • Glendale, AZ

Forbes weighs in with a slightly different list based on pet-friendly home rentals, dog parks, dog-friendly businesses, pet care costs, dog-centric events and walkability:

  • San Diego, CA
  • Portland, OR
  • Seattle, WA
  • Chicago, IL
  • Orlando, FL
  • Austin, TX
  • Las Vegas, NV
  • San Francisco, CA
  • Milwaukee, WS
  • Minneapolis & St. Paul, Minnesota

Dogs on the beach in San Diego, CA

Some other cities that have made the cut according to PawNation and The Huffington Post are Boston, MA, Albuquerque, NM, and Tucson and Phoenix, AZ.

Taking a Trip? Don’t Forget Your Dog!

Don’t see your home city on these lists? If you don’t live in one of these top dog-friendly locales, you and Fido can still visit one. One Green Planet suggests the following 10 vacation destinations for you and your furry, tail-wagging companion:

  • Austin, TX
  • Bar Harbor, ME
  • Cape Cod, MA
  • Carmel, CA
  • Chattanooga, TN
  • Chicago, IL
  • Colorado Springs, CO
  • Key West, FL
  • Portland, OR
  • Sonoma Valley and Napa, CA

San Francisco is considered one of the most dog-friendly cities by Forbes.

Make Every Day a Dog Day

Dogs are loyal, loving companions who are happiest when they’re with their humans. Whenever you can, keep your eye out for events and activities you and your dog can enjoy together. It will help you both be happier and healthier!

VIDEO:Worms We Share

Worms - not a terribly popular topic, but one that could cause you and your pet a stay in the hospital. Veterinarians see the problems every day, but most dog and cat owners are unaware of the problems and risks. A recent survey found that nearly half of dog owners do not know that hookworms and roundworms can transmit harmful diseases to family and friends. Watch this great video and learn more about preventing potentially dangerous worms in your pet and family members.

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Canine Influenza Update – June 2015

The Canine Influenza outbreak that started in Chicago has now spread to 13 states. The strain of the virus, H3N2, originated in Asia in 2007 and has sickened over 1000 dogs in the Chicago area alone. Eight dogs have died from either the virus itself or secondary infections. Alabama, California, Georgia, Texas, Massachusetts, New York, Wisconsin, Michigan, New Jersey, Iowa and Indiana have all reported instances of Canine Influenza.

Canine Influenza’s symptoms are similar to the flu that humans get, and include cough, runny nose, and fever. However, the disease cannot be spread to humans. Because the virus is highly contagious between dogs, pet owners in affected areas should avoid dog parks. Vaccinations are also available for dogs in high-risk areas. Please call us today if you like more information about Canine Influenza.

VIDEO: Controlling Ticks

Most people would be happy to live out their lives never having to see a tick. These eight legged parasites invoke almost as strong of a negative reaction as spiders do. However, dog owners especially need to be aware of the potential for their pet to acquire ticks and the possibility of their dog contracting a serious tick-borne disease. As vectors of Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever, tularemia, and Lyme Disease, ticks can be found in every state and have even been known to survive longer than a year. Due to the small size, many ticks will go unnoticed by pet owners. Fortunately, veterinary science has several options available to protect our pets. Watch this video to learn more.

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