WVH Newsletter: Holiday 2018

The 2018 Holiday Edition of the WVH newsletter is here! Browse this newsletter for information on keeping your pet safe from toxic plants, food, and décor during the holidays and read the kitty corner section for the benefits of regular veterinary visits for your feline friends. Our holiday hours can also be found in this edition. Happy Holidays from all of us at Washtenaw Veterinary Hospital!

Canine Influenza Virus

In the month of July there have been two confirmed cases of Canine Influenza Virus H3N2 in Michigan. The dogs were at a kennel in Shelby, Michigan and neither were vaccinated for this virus.  Many kennels and daycares in the area are now requiring this vaccine and we have a combination vaccine available that protects against both strains of CIV.  Influenza viruses cause respiratory symptoms like sneezing, coughing, fever, lethargy, ocular and nasal discharge, and occasionally gastrointestinal symptoms like vomiting or diarrhea. 

The following material is from the manufacturer of the CIV vaccine and contains valuable information about the two different influenza viruses we have in the United States and frequently asked questions.

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Urgent Care Appointments

The doctors at WVH will be seeing urgent care appointments starting August 1st! In an effort to accommodate more emergency cases, we will be offering urgent care appointments during our regular business hours. There will be an additional $25 fee for booking an urgent care appointment and these coveted times will only be given to patients that need to be seen that day.  WVH sees patients by appointment only and we are unable to accommodate walk-in patients. By designating urgent care appointment time each day, it is our goal to reduce the number of patients that are sent to emergency facilities.

Noise Aversion in Dogs

The fourth of July is just around the corner and while we enjoy all of the parties, fireworks, and sparklers, many of our pets do not. Noise aversion is a serious medical condition that affects approximately one third of dogs in the U.S. Common signs of noise aversion include pacing, decreased appetite, hiding, panting, cowering, trembling, vocalizing, and lip licking. Dogs with noise aversion are often affected most by fireworks, thunderstorms, traffic and street noise, and construction work.

WVH is happy to help by prescribing a product called Sileo, for your pets with noise aversion. Sileo was the first FDA-approved treatment for noise aversion for dogs that is fast-acting, safe, and you can use it as needed for each noise event. This product calms your dog without sedating them so that they can continue to interact normally with your family. It is a gel medication that is absorbed in the mucous membranes of the mouth, making it easy to give - even to dogs who don't like taking medication.

Call our office to find out if Sileo is the right choice for your pet!