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Canine flu reported in Atlanta: What pet parents need to know

 

As Georgia officials report the first confirmed case of canine flu in the Atlanta area, doctors from BluePearl Veterinary Partners are offering guidance for concerned pet parents.

An outbreak of canine flu was first reported in April in the Chicago area, where more than 1,000 dogs have been affected. The disease has since popped up in several other states, including Texas, Ohio and Iowa. Experts from the University of Georgia’s College of Veterinary Medicine are still awaiting test results to confirm whether the Atlanta case was caused by the same strain of the virus.

“We are encouraging pet parents to be aware and educated about the canine flu,” said Dr. Jennifer Welser, chief medical officer for BluePearl. “Understanding the symptoms and taking proper precautions will help prevent the disease from spreading further.”

What is canine flu?

Canine flu is a highly contagious respiratory infection caused by the influenza virus. Doctors believe the current epidemic stems from a new strain of the virus that originated in Asia, and it is unknown if the current flu vaccine provides any protection from it. Also, unlike the earlier strain, the virus is believed to cause illness in cats, too.

How is it spread?

The virus is easily spread between dogs, either through direct contact or from aerosol particles via sneezing or coughing. Almost all dogs, regardless of breed or age, are susceptible to the flu.

What are the symptoms?

Signs of infection typically develop within 2-5 days of exposure to the virus and are similar to a bad a bad case of “kennel cough.” Common symptoms include

  • High fever
  • Loss of appetite
  • Coughing
  • Nasal discharge
  • Lethargy

Treatment

Like treating the flu in humans, there’s no specific medication that can be prescribed. The focus is on providing supportive care, such as proper hydration, and preventing secondary bacterial infections through the use of antibiotics.

Preventing the disease from spreading

Pets diagnosed with canine flu should be isolated from other pets for 10-14 days.

“If your pet begins exhibiting any of the symptoms of canine flu, your first step should be to call your primary care veterinarian,” said Welser.

Dog Hikers gather weekly, all are welcome

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Dog Hikers of Georgia meets each Sunday at 10am. Locations vary and all are welcome – with or without a dog. For more information and locations, call Dr. Dan Batchelor at 770-992-2362.

 

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Should your pet be our Pet of the Month?

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EAST COBBER, P.O. Box 680445, Marietta, GA 30068

Please include a picture with your entry. Or email description and a jpg to: petomonth@eastcobber.com.

Pet’s Name:
Animal/Breed:
Age & Gender:
Favorite Food:
Favorite Person:
Best Trick:
Turn Ons:
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What makes your pet so special:
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Find your FURever Friend TODAY!

Cobb Animal Control will be hosting its semi-annual FURever Fest under the big tents on Saturday, May 16 from 10-4pm at the animal shelter. This fun, free, family event will feature vendors with animal related businesses, services, and organizations that provide education and information on responsible pet ownership and well as having products for sale that can be used for your pets to enhance the experience of adopting a pet and being a pet parent. A K-9 officer and the handler will demonstrate the skills these dogs provide as a member of the police force. A DJ and hot dog vendor will round out the event.

Come on out and support your shelter. Consider them first when thinking of a new pet. For those interested in adopting, there are special adoption rates available during the event, and each family that adopts will receive a pet goodie bag. And, as a special incentive, if you adopt during the event, you will be entered in a drawing for a special gift. You can also help make a difference for less fortunate dogs and cats in Cobb by bringing a dog or cat food donation (unopened and unexpired) that will help a local pet food pantry provide temporary food assistance to those in need in our county.

The FURever Fest is held in the spring and in the fall as part of CCAC’s continuing efforts through public awareness and to work closely with the community to find more fur-ever homes for the homeless and abandoned animals that come into the shelter. Save the date for our next exciting event which will be the fourth annual ART Barks and Purrs on June 20, 2015.

The shelter is located at 1060 Al Bishop Drive, Marietta, just a half-mile from Jim R. Miller Park. For more information about Cobb County Animal Control or this event, please visit www.cobbanimalcontrol.org. You can also follow the events n www.facebook.com/CobbAC and www.twitter.com/CobbAC.

 

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Meet our EAST COBBER Pet of the Month: Pepe

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EAST COBBER Pet of the Month: Pepe

 

Animal/Breed: Frog
Age & Gender: Male, 2 years old
Favorite Food: Chicken Tendies
Favorite Person: His best friend Wojak
Best Trick: Scaring mommy
Turn Ons: Buying treats with good buy points
Turn Offs: Cleaning his cage
Favorite Toy: Sonic the Hedgehog
Last Seen: Kissing his little sister
What makes your pet so special: He means the world to my autistic son

Submitted by Christian Chandler

Think your furry friend should be our featured Pet? Email petomonth@eastcobber.com.

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FURever Fest at Cobb Animal Control

Cobb Animal Control will be hosting its semi-annual FURever Fest under the big tents on Saturday, May 16 from 10-4pm at the animal shelter. This fun, free, family event will feature vendors with animal related businesses, services, and organizations that provide education and information on responsible pet ownership and well as having products for sale that can be used for your pets to enhance the experience of adopting a pet and being a pet parent. A K-9 officer and the handler will demonstrate the skills these dogs provide as a member of the police force. A DJ and hot dog vendor will round out the event.

Come on out and support your shelter. Consider them first when thinking of a new pet. For those interested in adopting, there are special adoption rates available during the event, and each family that adopts will receive a pet goodie bag. And, as a special incentive, if you adopt during the event, you will be entered in a drawing for a special gift. You can also help make a difference for less fortunate dogs and cats in Cobb by bringing a dog or cat food donation (unopened and unexpired) that will help a local pet food pantry provide temporary food assistance to those in need in our county.

The FURever Fest is held in the spring and in the fall as part of CCAC’s continuing efforts through public awareness and to work closely with the community to find more fur-ever homes for the homeless and abandoned animals that come into the shelter. Save the date for our next exciting event which will be the fourth annual ART Barks and Purrs on June 20, 2015.

The shelter is located at 1060 Al Bishop Drive, Marietta, just a half-mile from Jim R. Miller Park. For more information about Cobb County Animal Control or this event, please visit www.cobbanimalcontrol.org. You can also follow the events n www.facebook.com/CobbAC and www.twitter.com/CobbAC.

 

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Good Mews Animal Foundation Spring Flea Market this weekend

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Good Mews Animal Foundation will be holding its annual Spring Flea Market weekends through Sunday, May 17. Hours on Saturdays, and Friday May 15 are 10am-5pm. Hours on Sundays are 12pm-5pm. New merchandise will be on display each weekend. The Flea Market will be held in Sandy Springs at 6317 Roswell Rd, Suite 6331, behind BB&T Bank and in the same shopping center as Hudson Grille.

Good Mews needs your help collecting items to make the Flea Market a success! Donated items will be accepted at the storefront on Saturdays from 10am-2pm and Sundays from 12pm-3pm, through Saturday, May 9. Check the website (www.goodmews.org) for all the latest Spring Flea Market information, including what items are being accepted. All donated items are tax deductible, receipts will be provided, and 100% of the proceeds benefit the cats and kittens of Good Mews.

Items must be in GOOD CONDITION and WORKING ORDER. Not being accepted: Tools & Automotive Items, Large Exercise Equipment, Mattresses/Box Springs, Drop Side Cribs, used Baby Car Seats, Fax Machines, Printers, Large Appliances, Computers, Keyboards, Overhead Light Fixtures, Ceiling Fans, Clothing (adults or children’s), or Holiday/Christmas Items.

Visit www.goodmews.org to learn more.

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Cat Adoptions this Weekend

 

Fancy Feline Rescue of the South conducts cat adoptions at Petsmart, 860 Cobb Place Blvd., Kennesaw, Saturdays 11am-4pm and Sundays 1-4pm.

Fancy Feline Rescue of the South is a no-kill, free-roam cat adoption and rescue organization for cats that are homeless, abused or no longer wanted. Loving fancy felines are looking for their forever homes. Come and spend some time with them.

Adoption fees are very reasonable and all cats are fully vetted. If you can’t adopt, you can donate to help with vet bills and daily care of the furry friends. Visit www.FancyFelineRescue.org, follow them on Facebook, or contact FancyFelineResQ@bellsouth.net

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Make plans to attend Animal Control’s Adoptathon

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Cobb Animal Control staff will host its semi-annual FURever Fest 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Saturday, May 16, under the big tents at the animal shelter. This fun, free family event will feature vendors with animal-related businesses and services and organizations that provide education and information on responsible pet ownership. A K-9 officer and the handler will demonstrate the skills these dogs provide as members of the police force and there will also be a D.J. and food. For those interested in adopting, there will be special adoption rates available during the event and each family who adopts will receive a pet goodie bag.

This event is part of Cobb Animal Control’s continuing efforts, through public awareness and community involvement, to find forever homes for the homeless and abandoned animals that come into the shelter. For more information on Cobb Animal Control or this event, visit cobbanimalcontrol.org. You can also follow these events at facebook.com/CobbAC or twitter.com/CobbAC.

 

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Earth Day Ideas for You and Your Dog

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Cesar Millan, known as the Dog Whisperer, offers ways you and your dog can celebrate Earth Day on Wednesday, April 22:

1. Cut down on waste that takes space and switch to biodegradable poop bags. The bags decompose in about the same amount of time as an apple.

2. Overpopulation, and consequently euthanization, is the No. 1 killer of dogs in this country. Visit your local shelter and adopt, or volunteer with a rescue group.

3. Old blankets and sheets may seem like junk to you, but to the dogs at your local shelter, they are beds and comfort. Instead of trashing your old linens and towels, donate them to your local shelter.

4. Old socks with missing pairs? Make a dog toy out of it! Recycling household products and making dog toys is a great way to reuse, rather than consume. Plus, dog toys sold at pet stores can be expensive and wasteful of our planet’s resources. Try this website for ideas on creating homemade toys.

5. Instead of driving to the dog park, how about rollerblading, biking or just walking instead? It’s more exercise and time for you and your dog to spend together, and it’s not using fossil fuels or spewing greenhouse gases into the air.

6. Consider a natural, holistic diet with a high vegetable content for your dog. Eating organic and local is good for the planet and good for your health.

7. Dogs mean cleaning! Check your household cleaning products and make sure you’re using ones that are chemical-free and therefore not contributing to harmful runoff into our ground and water sources.

(SOURCE: cesarsway.com)

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