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Friday, February 16, 2018

Canine Influenza Virus

Canine Influenza Virus (CIV) has been prevalent in the local news recently. Canine influenza, also known as “dog flu,” is a contagious virus that infects dogs (and cats), causing a respiratory infection similar to “kennel cough.” Most dogs will have mild flu-like symptoms, such as sneezing, nasal discharge, or coughing. About 20% of dogs may become severely ill with pneumonia, and these dogs generally need hospitalization and supportive care to recover. Canine influenza is just one of many possible causes of respiratory infection, so laboratory testing is necessary to definitively diagnose this virus. ARF does not have the resources to test every coughing dog for canine influenza; however, as of January 2018, all dogs that we have tested for respiratory pathogens have been negative for canine influenza. Please contact your veterinarian if you are concerned that your dog may have canine influenza.

Most dogs do not naturally have immunity to canine influenza virus. The risk of a dog being exposed to canine influenza depends on that dog’s lifestyle. Dogs that are regularly exposed to other dogs—for example at boarding or day care facilities, dog parks, grooming salons, dog shows, or social events with other dogs present—are at greater risk of coming into contact with the virus. Dogs that mostly stay at home and walk around the neighborhood are at low risk.

Canine influenza vaccines are available for both strains of the virus (H3N2 and H3N8). The canine influenza vaccine may not completely prevent infection, but will make infection less likely and can decrease the severity of symptoms. The vaccine requires a booster 2–4 weeks after the initial vaccine and then takes a couple of weeks to take effect, so it can take 4–6 weeks for the vaccine to be effective. Canine influenza vaccines are considered "lifestyle" vaccines, meaning the decision to vaccinate is based on a dog’s risk of exposure. Shelter medicine specialists do not currently recommend giving the canine influenza virus vaccine in a shelter setting. Individual dog owners and adopters should consult their veterinarian to determine whether vaccination is recommended for their pet and family’s lifestyle.

For more information about canine influenza virus, here are some helpful links to the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) and the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Veterinary Medicine’s department of Shelter Medicine.

Pet Owner’s Guide to Canine Influenza (AVMA) https://www.avma.org/public/PetCare/Pages/CanineInfluenza.aspx

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Poe now Peanut

Peanut was adopted by her foster! Her mom says, "She is a great companion. She brings me lots of joy. She is very attached to me and loves just hanging out with me and sleeping with me. She's a great snuggler!"

Mia now Duchess

Mia was in foster for two weeks before her foster family adopted her! Their favorite things are that "she is affectionate and easily took to crate training:)"

Monday, February 12, 2018

2/5/18-2/11/18 Adopted Foster Animals

Our adoption team had a busy adoption week! 44 cats and dogs were adopted! Take a peak at their adoption photos!

The following dogs and puppies were cared for in foster prior to being adopted:

  1. Amber
  2. Beret
  3. Chabot
  4. Chipmunk
  5. Fedora
  6. Feldspar
  7. Linda
  8. Oberon
  9. Pearl
  10. Piedmont
  11. Puck
No cats that were adopted this week were cared for in foster homes.

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Augustus now Eclipse

"Eclipse" is doing great and he has integrated quite well with our "senior" cat Ninja.  He has the best personality and out entire family is enjoying him every minute....


Tuesday, February 6, 2018

First Aid Training

Several foster families asked for information about CPR for pets. Here is a link to our Pet First Aid class: https://www.arflife.org/pet-first-aid
There is a fee that you will have to pay, but I have heard good things about it!

Monday, February 5, 2018

1/29/18-2/4/18 Adopted Foster Animals

Hi Everyone!
We've had a wonderful week of adoptions with the majority of them being animals from foster homes! Take a peak at their adoption photos!

The following dogs were cared for by a loving foster family:

  1. Angela
  2. Daniel
  3. Dave
  4. Deer
  5. Domino
  6. Janelle
  7. Joan
  8. Lorie
  9. Lucy
  10. Rainy
  11. Rhea
  12. Starshine
  13. Titania
  14. Vicky
  15. Virginia
  16. Yale

The following cats were cared for by a loving foster family:

  1. Milano
  2. Pirouette