Heartworm disease can have a devastating effect on your pet's health. National Heartworm Awareness Month, observed annually in April, reminds pet owners about the health dangers this preventable d ...View Article
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The disease, also known as dog flu, has also been reported in Austin, Dallas, and other cities in Texas. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Texas is one of 38 states where dogs have been exposed to the H3N8 virus. Symptoms include fever, runny nose, and cough, but many infected dogs show no symptoms. This airborne virus is not transmitted to humans, cats, or other species. The virus is spread from dog to dog. Tests can confirm if your pet has dog flu. The best approach, however, is to get your dog vaccinated. A vaccine is available at Old Town Animal Hospital. All dogs should be immunized for their protection. MORE INFORMATION >
Houston area veterinarians have seen an alarming rise of canine distemper cases. Distemper is almost always fatal. Like dog flu, it begins with symptoms resembling a cold with runny nose, fever, and matted eyes. It then affects the gastrointestinal tract and moves into the central nervous system. The virus is spread through coughing and contact with body fluids. Puppies are most susceptible. However, dogs that are not currently vaccinated for distemper are also extremely susceptible.