Concerned dog owners have been calling our Mankato, Minnesota Veterinary Hospital concerned about the news regarding the Canine Influenza Virus (CIV) outbreak in Chicago and Wisconsin. River Hills Pet Care Hospital offers the following 6 important facts regarding this emerging condition.
1. What is Canine Influenza Virus?
CIV is highly contagious respiratory disease in dogs caused by a specific Type A influenza virus. This is a disease of dogs, not of humans.
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As you venture out this spring, don't forget about your cat friends left indoors. Along with your spring cleaning, consider upgrading your cat's indoor environment. Cats’ needs haven't changed much from those of their wild ancestors. Wild cats were solitary hunters spending large amounts of time searching for prey. They are territorial and get quite anxious when it is disturbed. All cats have a superior sense of smell and hearing; loud noises and strong smells can be stressful.
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CareCredit is here to make sure your loved ones get all the care they need. We love our pets, and we want to always make sure they get the care they need. You can use CareCredit to cover unexpected costs like illness and surgery. The CareCredit healthcare credit card makes it easy to give your pets the care they need, when they need it.
It’s easy to apply for CareCredit, and you’ll receive an answer almost immediately. If you’re approved, treatment can begin even before you get your card. … [Read More...]
If you’ve ever gotten a little lick from your companion and experienced that awful smell, it’s more than bad breath! Periodontal disease (gum disease) is the most common disease in our pets. The daily bacteria accumulates to form plaque, which hardens to tartar. This process eventually leads to gum erosion and loose teeth. The gold standard for preventing oral disease is brushing. A list of veterinary approved dental products is also listed at www.vohc.org.
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Thank goodness for Dr. Woodrow and the wonderful staff at River Hills Pet Hospital that Duke is still with us. Not too long ago he was a very sick dog and no one knew if he was going to make it or not. It was very scary and the uncertainty was awful. It was so sad and hard on all of us not knowing if we were doing the right things for him. The determination of everyone trying to figure out what was wrong with him was amazing, which gave us the hope that he'd be able to pull through it. … [Read More...]
Almost a year ago we noticed our cat Leela had inexplicably lost a lot of weight. She had gone from a 12 pound girl to 8 pounds when we brought her in to be seen. Dr. Sarah Wise immediately noticed she was jaundiced. She ran several blood tests on her. Dr. Wise gave us the diagnosis...idiopathic hepatic lipidosis. For whatever unknown reason, Leela had stopped eating, stopped eating so much she was essentially starving to death. Dr. Wise gave us several treatment options. Leela's … [Read More...]
Boom joined our family just before his 2nd birthday. He was malnourished and underdeveloped when we adopted him October of 2011. Boom sustained his first leg injury August of 2012. He tore his digital flexor tendon and needed surgery. He wore a cast for 6-8 weeks and managed to get around fine after he figured out how to walk, sit and maneuver with a hip-to-foot cast. He had to have weekly bandage changes so once a week we brought Boom to RHPCH in the morning and he spent the day there while we … [Read More...]
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