We will be closed for a staff meeting on Monday, July 24th from 12:00 noon until 1:00 pm. We will re-open at 1:00 pm. We apologize for any inconvenience.
In light of the recently diagnosed canine influenza cases, MGAH will be taking extra precautions to protect your pets.
Due to the high risk of infection to dogs in close contact such as boarding, grooming and day care facilities, MGAH will be taking extra precautions to protect your pets from the illness. We will be implementing additional disinfection procedures to limit transmission of the virus. We will also be screening all boarding and grooming dogs for their recent travel and health status. We will not be requiring the influenza vaccine at this time. Boarding and grooming may be denied for those that do not pass our screening.
Canine influenza, commonly referred to as the dog flu, is a highly contagious viral infection. Currently there are two strains of the vaccine, H3N2 and H3H8. The recently diagnosed cases have been of the H3H2 strain. The virus can be spread through the air (coughing, barking, sneezing), direct physical contact with infected dogs, indirectly through objects (bowls, kennels, leashes, etc.), or through people that have been in contact with infected dogs.
The virus can remain viable on surfaces for 48 hours, on clothing for 24 hours and on hands for 12 hours. Signs of the illness usually develop within 24-48 hours of exposure. Approximately 20% of infected dogs may show no signs of the disease but can still shed the virus for up to 30 days.
The virus causes a respiratory infection similar to kennel cough. Signs include coughing, nasal/eye discharge, sneezing, decreased appetite, fever and lethargy. Most dogs recover fine from the illness, however dogs that are older, younger or have other illnesses are more at risk of severe cases or even death.
MGAH will have vaccines available to cover both strains of the disease. Protection will require a series of two vaccines, boostered two weeks apart. Like any vaccine it is not 100% effective, but can reduce the risk of infection as well as reducing the severity and duration of the illness if infected.
Follow this link to learn more about canine influenza. https://www.avma.org/KB/Resources/Reference/Pages/Canine-Influenza-Backgrounder.aspx
All Freya wants for Christmas is a home to call her own. Freya has been here at MGAH since early November when she was found with a broken leg. Dr. Bolz repaired her leg and she has been healing great ever since! Freya has tested positive for FIV, which means she needs to be indoor only and the only kitty in the home. She is very affectionate and loves to cuddle! She is about 8 months old, spayed, and up to date on all vaccines. Please come by our office any time to meet Freya, you will fall in love!
Mars Petcare has announced it has initiated a voluntary recall of a limited number of Cesar Filet Mignon Flavor wet dog food due to a potential choking risk from small pieces of plastic which entered the food during the production process.
Cesar Classics Filet Mignon can be purchased individually as well as in flavor variety multipacks.
The affected dog food can be identified by checking the Best Before and Lot Code on the product lid.
Each product will have a lot code printed on the side of the tray that begins with 631FKKC or 631GKKC and best before date that falls between 08/04/18 and 08/05/18.
The Cesar Classics Filet Mignon Flavor can also be found in variety packs with the following lot codes:
Lot Code is indicated by the red box below:
The Lot Codes listed above are the only affected products. All other Cesar products can be safely consumed.
Why the Recall?
Select packages of this product may contain small pieces of plastic, which entered the food during the production process.
What to Do?
Mars Petcare encourages consumers who have purchased affected product to discard the food or return it to the retailer for a full refund or exchange.
While a small number of consumers have reported finding the plastic pieces, we have not received any reports of injury or illness associated with the affected product.
At Mars Petcare, we take our responsibility to pets and their owners seriously and are working with all of our distributors and retail customers to ensure the recalled products are no longer sold and are removed from inventory.
Consumers can reach the company at 800-421-6456.
U.S. citizens can report complaints about FDA-regulated pet food products by calling the consumer complaint coordinator in your area.
Or go to http://www.fda.gov/petfoodcomplaints.
This is sweet little Dottie! She is about 8 weeks old and has had her first round of vaccines. She is a very playful and loving kitten in need of a furever home! If you are interested, please call or stop by our office to meet her!
This is Bentley, an energetic 5-6 year old Yorkie! He is neutered and completely up to date on vaccines and preventative care. He's a very sweet and friendly dog that loves to play. If you are interested in adopting Bentley please come by to fill out an application and meet him!
Meet Mara! She's a sweet 3 year old calico, fully vaccinated and spayed. She is looking for her furever home! If you are interested please call or come by our office to meet her!
Our pets love summer just as much as we do! For many, it’s the best time of year to be out, about, and enjoying all that the season has to offer.
While there is certainly nothing wrong with taking your pet out for picnics, hikes, swimming, or running, keep in mind that warm weather can be dangerous. Read below to learn some important summer safety tips for dogs:
1. Never, ever, EVER leave your dog in a hot car
2. Make sure your dog is protected from parasites like fleas, ticks, and mosquitoes
3. Keep your dog's paws cool
4. Your dog should always have access to fresh drinking water and shade
5. Give your dog his very own "kiddy pool”
6. Don’t assume your dog can swim well
7. Dogs get sunburns too!
8. If there’s no fence, keep your dog on a leash
9. Watch your dog’s weight
10. Keep your windows screened!
Perhaps the most important tip is to pay attention to your dog – you’ll know when he seems uncomfortable. Summer can be a great time to spend with your dog, but it’s important to keep these tips in mind!
Follow this link to read more!