Thursday, August 29, 2013
Canine Influenza in Maryland
9:20 am edt
Well the rule of 3 has struck again. Any time we have 3 things/questions happen in a short amount of time it becomes
a topic. Canine Influenza questions have come up 3 times this week.
Maryland, Montgomery County reported 2 dog
deaths from Canine Influenza last week. As we are in Carroll County Maryland and viruses don't understand county lines we
need to ramp up our awareness.
Good places to find information are your local Veterinary and
WWW.cdc.gov/flu/canine/ Key Facts about Canine Influenza.
Highlighting and personalizing information from the CDC.
is caused by a virus named H3N8. Under a electron microscope this virus looks like a golf ball with golf tees sticking out
of it. Put a golf tee in each flat (non-divit) area all over the surface of a golf ball and there you have it. H stands for
hemaglutinin (H) and neuraminidase (N) glycoproteins in the lipid outer layer of the virus (surface of the golf ball).
The recorded virus jumped from an equine flu to a canine flu happened in Florida. Grayhounds were presenting with
an unknown respiratory illness now named H3N8 Canine Influenza. In September 2005 the virus was identified and named.
Dog flu spreads by direct contact with aerosolized respiratory secretions from infected dogs. Note that dogs can be
showing symptoms or asymptomatic. What this means is - sharing water, toys, nose to nose contact, touching where another dog
has drooled can transmit this infection. Don't panic...this is no different than the human mode of flu transmission. People
touch shopping carts after wiping their mouth or nose and another person then touches the cart at the same spot and tada transmission.
So why aren't all dogs and people sick all the time...our bodies fight infection well, most of the time. Having your
dog vaccinated against canine flu just helps the dogs body be prepared for an illness we now know is present in our area.
Talk with your Veterinarian and make the decision best for your family.
Mariah-Belle Manor will be requiring
Canine Influenza vaccination prior to visiting as of Oct 1, 2013. We STONGLY Recommend vaccination prior to Oct 1.
Monday, August 12, 2013
Blah's and Blessings
3:21 pm edt
Everyone has one of those days now and then that forces is to admit we are human not super-humans. You
know when the ice tea you brewed last night when funny tasting and the chocolate melted in the car because you forgot to carry
it in the house.
The Vine weather (over 88F and over 75% humidity- the only thing moving are
the vines growing) tend to bring those days on for me.
One of the issues with those blah days is the can spread like mile-a-minute…God
only knows how they end. Counting Blessing on days like this generally starts like this.
Where is everyone?
You’ll be blessed if I don’t find out your ALL sleeping on my GOOD Couch! You know
the forbidden one!
See those leaves turned…I’ll
be blessed if I get all the garden weeded before the rain hits!
That little snake hiding in my vines better go ….he nipped at my foot…yeah I
stepped on him, thought it was a branch!
I’ll be blessed if I make it back to something that resembled the plan I put together for today!
Sit still and think ha…all I can think is blessed rrrrrrrrrr.
It’s one in the sweltering afternoon, where is everyone? Naping! That means quiet time for me. Blessed napping!
Darn computer and internet, darn storms…time to make
Garden is gathered, internet is back, still getting ready to storm, house and kennel are napping, tea is brewed, and
chocolate is cold. Blessed peace of mind.
Whew we may all make it… OK