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June 2015

Can Dogs Get the Flu?


ID-100238757There is no evidence that the human version of influenza, more commonly known as the flu, can be transmitted from humans to dogs. However, there is a "dog flu" you should be aware of: Canine Influenza Virus, or CIV.

CIV is relatively new.  While there is a vaccine, it is not as widely used as the vaccine for bordetella, known as "kennel cough." In fact, CIV can be one of the causes of kennel cough.

According to the ASPCA, "CIV is easily transmitted between dogs through a combination of aerosols, droplets and direct contact with respiratory secretions. The virus does not survive for a long time in the environment, so dogs usually get CIV when they are in close proximity to other infectious dogs."

CIV could cause coughing, sneezing, mucus discharge, difficulty breathing, loss of appetite or other symptoms. You should always consult your veterinarian first if you suspect CIV. The ASPCA recommends the following treatment:

"Because CIV is a virus similar to the flu in humans, there is no specific antiviral medication available. However, supportive care and appropriate treatment of secondary infections are important. Your veterinarian may advise the following to soothe your dog while the condition runs its course:

  • Good nutrition and supplements to raise immunity
  • A warm, quiet and comfortable spot to rest
  • Medications to treat secondary bacterial infections
  • Intravenous fluids to maintain hydration
  • Workup and treatment for pneumonia

Be advised, while most dogs will fight the infection within 10 to 30 days, secondary infections require antibiotics and, in the case of pneumonia, hospitalization."

Check out the ASPCA's page about CIV for more information.

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Preventing Seizures in Dogs

ID-100321900Seizures in dogs can be the result of any number of medical issues; however, dog owners may not realize that there are numerous toxic substances that can cause canine seizures.

The ASPCA has published a helpful chart, "Most Common Toxicologic Causes of Seizures in Dogs." It lists toxic substances in six categories: Medications, Plants, Food, Rodenticides/Insecticides, Other Drugs, and Miscellaneous. Some of the substances may surprise you. You can get a copy of the chart by clicking on the link below:

Download DogsToxicSeizures

Always contact your veterinarian if you suspect your dog has ingested a toxic substance. You can also contact the ASPCA's Poison Control Center. Call their 24-hour veterinary diagnostic and treatment hotline at: 888-426-4435.

Image: Stockdevil, www.freedigitalphotos.net


Thermal Imaging: Taking the Temperature on IVDD

Guest Post by Lisa Luckenbach

ScansThe American College of Veterinary Surgeons recently published an article on the use of Thermal Imaging to investigate IVDD (Intervertebral Disc Disease). Researchers across the globe (such as Dachshund Health UK) are exploring this technology to record thermal images on the backs of Dachshunds with a view to collecting data over a period of years. 

What is it? Thermal Imaging is a non-invasive tool which helps identify patterns of heat. Researchers believe it may offer clues to more clearly understand IVDD and perhaps offer future generations of back sufferers and pet parents some relief. During clinical diagnostics unusual areas of warmth can be detected, which may signify inflammation or nerve compression. By using Thermal Imaging and collecting the data from multiple dogs, scientists can measure the results of pups in pain as well as dogs that have not yet developed back problems. This information will allow them to determine the signs of a healthy back vs. the hunched and painful back of a dog living with IVDD.

Where did it come from? “In the late 1950s and 1960s, Texas Instruments, Hughes Aircraft, and Honeywell developed single element detectors that scanned areas and produced images. The military had a lock on the technology because it was expensive and had sensitive military applications.” (Bullard.com

How is it used? These days Thermal Imagining has become a mainstream tool. Firefighters use thermography to see through smoke, maintenance technicians use thermography on power lines, building technicians use thermal imagery to locate heat leaks; so it is no wonder that we are now using this technology on warm-blooded animals in hopes of solving the mysteries behind IVDD!

We know that Intervertebral Disc Disease is highly suspected to be a hereditary disease in dogs with dwarfed legs. If the puppy has the disease, the degeneration of the discs begins to occur within the first few months of life, but the actual disc herniation typically occurs without warning at around 3 to 6 years of age. This can be shocking to the owner, since there is no way to tell if your puppy has the disease and whether symptoms will show up later in life.

Here are some examples of what you can do to ensure your dog has his bases covered:

1) Make sure your dog is used to a crate in case of a future need to confine.

2) Try not to use stairs too often -- these guys have little legs!

3) Provide them with support, especially during exercise and try not to allow them to jump up or down on furniture.

4) Switch to using a harness for walks, the collar is too stressful on the spine.

And remember, these are the symptoms and behaviors of IVDD -- so keep a close watch on your four-legged loved ones…

· Head held high or nose to the ground with neck discs

· Reduced activity

· Slower movement

· Stiffness or difficulty climbing stairs

· Difficulty with walking and jumping

· Very tense abdomen

· Hunched back due to muscle tension

· Crying or shaking

· Inability to move rear legs

· Loss of bladder and bowel control.

 At WiggleLess, we strive to educate and support pet moms and dads and thanks to researchers, veterinarians, websites like Dodgerslist and dog lovers around the world, support and education is at our fingertips and help is available. But until these investigations lead to solutions, as pet parents we have a responsibility to do all we can to provide support to our furry family members.

Lisa Luckenbach has developed WiggleLess back braces for dogs that are overweight and need extra support, elderly with aching backs, diagnosed with IVDD-related back problems, or overly active and can benefit from the structure a dog back brace provides. In addition to running WiggleLess, Lisa is a registered yoga instructor, licensed massage therapist, public speaker, ordained minister, and breast cancer survivor. Lisa and her husband have two daughters and three spunky, adopted dogs, Ryder (Cocker Spaniel), LaVerne (Schnauzer/Doxie mix), and Chai (Doxie/Jack Russell mix).

Visit wiggleless.com to learn more about Lisa and her back brace for dogs.


Mayfel's Dog Days of Summer, Asheville, June 25

Screen Shot 2015-05-18 at 3.49.40 PMKudos to Mayfel's restaurant, 22 College Street in Asheville, for supporting local animal welfare groups. On Thursday, June 25, Mayfel's continues their 5th annual "Dog Days of Summer" event. Eat and drink at Mayfels (New Orleans style cuisine) and the restaurant will donate 10% of its sales all day to Sarge's Animal Rescue in Waynesville.

That's not all -- Mayfel's hosts a different animal welfare organization every Thursday from May through August, again donating 10% of its sales that day. Dog-friendly Mayfel's, across the street from Pritchard Park, has a front patio and back courtyard patio. More about Mayfel's and their Dog Days of Summer schedule at their Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/Mayfels


Low Cost Vaccination Clinic-Candler, June 20, 10 AM to 2 PM

Screen Shot 2015-06-18 at 9.15.02 AMThe Buncombe County Department of Health, Buncombe County Sheriff's Animal Services Division, and Asheville Humane Society are collaborating to provide animal owners with access to low cost vaccinations, microchips and ID tagging.

Come to a low cost vaccination clinic on Saturday, June 20 from 10 AM to 2 PM at Candler Feed and Seed, 1275 Smokey Park Highway, Candler, NC. No appointment is necessary.

Services provided:

Rabies 1 year - (Dogs or cats over 4 months)  - $11.00
Rabies 3 year - (Dogs or cats over 4 months with rabies certificate to prove current on rabies) - $11.00  
Bordetella - Kennel cough - (Dogs over 2 months)  - $15.00
DAPP - Distemper, Adenoxirus Type 2, Parainfluenza and Parvo - (Dogs over 2 months)  - $15.00
FVRCP/FELV - Rhinotracheitis, Calici, Panleukopenia and Leukemia - (Cats over 2 months) - $20.00
Microchip - (Dogs or cats over 2 months)  - $10.00 

Please note: Cash is the only accepted form of payment.

This post replaces a previous post with new time and location information.

Image: Praisaeng, freedigitalphotos.net


Take Your Dog to Work Day-June 26

Screen Shot 2015-05-26 at 10.20.59 AMFriday, June 26 is "Take Your Dog to Work Day." Here are some of the facts surrounding this national event:

  • TYDTWDay® was first celebrated in 1999. This year marks the 17th annual event.
  • It was created by Pet Sitters International (PSI) to celebrate the great companions dogs make and promote their adoptions. 
  • The event encourages employers to experience the joys of pets in the workplace for one day to support their local pet community. 
  • TYDTWDay is an annual event and is always celebrated on the Friday following Father’s Day. 
  • It also accommodates cat lovers (and other pets) and those who cannot participate on TYDTWDay. The entire week leading up to the event, June 22-26, is Take Your Pet To Work Week™. 
  • Event creator PSI is the world’s largest educational association for professional pet sitters. 
  • PSI feels that through the events, non-pet owners are able to witness the special bond their coworkers have with their pets firsthand and be encouraged to adopt a new best friend of their own. 
  • An estimated 300 businesses participated in the inaugural celebration of TYDTWDay. Since that time, America’s love affair with pets and interest in TYDTWDay has grown to an all-time high. 

Learn more about it here.


Yappy Hour-Weaverville, June 18

Screen Shot 2015-06-17 at 3.49.28 PMLeash up your four-legged friends and join Mix 96.5 for Yappy Hour on Thursday, June 18 from 6 to 8 PM at the Twisted Laurel, 10-A South Main Street, Weaverville.

Each fun-filled event benefits the Asheville Humane Society and features adoptable dogs in case you may want to take another one home! You'll also have a chance enter to win prizes from the TailGait Market for you and your pup! Join Asheville Humane Society and Mix 96.5 for the best dog-gone party of the month. Bring your pup and enjoy mingling with fellow dog lovers. Your $5 donation will get you access to the fun and complimentary appetizers.

Mix 96.5's Yappy Hour is made possible by the dog lovers at Prestige Subaru.

Image: www.mix965asheville.com


PlottFest-Maggie Valley, June 20-21

Screen Shot 2015-05-31 at 12.21.26 PMPlottFest, an annual event, celebrates the North Carolina state dog, the Plott Hound. This year's PlottFest will be held on Saturday and Sunday, June 20-21 at the Maggie Valley Festival Grounds in Maggie Valley. Doors open at 9 AM on Saturday and Noon on Sunday.

On Saturday you can listen to fantastic Bluegrass music provided by local musicians and also see some of the best examples of our state dog, the Plott Hound, as they participate in sanctioned dog shows. On Sunday you can be entertained by some of the tops bands in our area as they play good old Gospel music and the kids can take part in trout fishing and learn fishing skills from a local professional angler.

Dog-related events:

Bear Baying Events: Entry fee $10 per dog. All dogs will be scored by 3 judges on attentiveness, aggression, and speed of barks. All three judges’ scores will be compiled for a total score. Each dog bays for 30 seconds. Any female in heat will be disqualified.

Bear and Coon Treeing Contests: Entry fee $10 per dog. The bear and coon hides will be sprayed with appropriate training scent. The hide will be on ground level until the dog(s) is released. Then, the hide will be elevated and the dogs will be scored on their total number of barks during a 1 minute time period. Dogs must stay inside a 20-foot circle; any dog leaving the circle during the timed period will be disqualified. Any female in heat will be disqualified.

Youth Bench Show: No entry fee. Plott dogs only. Youth are encouraged to show their own dog; if this is not possible, a Plott will be provided. Pictures will be taken by NPHA personnel and displayed in the next edition of the NPHA and APA Yearbooks. All participants will receive a participation award.

UKC Sanctioned Bench Show in conjunction with NPHA: 1pm - Saturday
Entry Fee: $15/dog. Dogs will be judged by UKC/NPHA authorized judge using standard bench show judging procedures. All dogs MUST be registered with the UKC.cause this is a registry sanctioned show, there are no breed restrictions as long as the dog meets registry requirements.

Both the American Plott Association (APA) and the National Plott Hound Association (NPHA) will have booths to sign up new members and to sell their merchandise.

AKC Plott Hound Agility Champion's demonstration 11am & 3pm Saturday / 1pm &3pm Sunday. Owner/trainers will also have a booth on site to educate the public about these events.

Wayward Plotts - an organization devoted to rescuing abandoned Plott hounds from shelters - will have a booth on site to educate the public about their services.

Bob Plott, Author, magazine columnist, Plott historian and dog breeder, will be on site signing his books and visiting with Plott enthusiasts and honoring breed legends on-stage throughout the event.

For more information, visit http://www.plottfest.org/index.html

Images: PlottFest


"Feed the Good" Campaign from Pedigree

Pedigree, the world's largest dog food brand, launched a brand campaign earlier this year in Brazil and Australia. Now the brand is taking the campaign global via YouTube.

The first ad to appear is called "The Walk." As you'll see when you watch it (below), the ad has a lofty goal: to demonstrate that dogs bring out the good in people.

What do you think of the campaign? Feel free to comment.

 


Low Cost Vaccinations and Microchips, Candler, June 20

Screen Shot 2015-05-25 at 9.37.00 AMThe Buncombe County Department of Health, Buncombe County Sheriff's Animal Services Division, and Asheville Humane Society are collaborating to provide animal owners with access to low cost vaccinations, microchips and ID tagging.

Come to a vaccination clinic on Saturday, June 20 from 1 PM to 5 PM at Pet Nacks, 2194c Smokey Park Highway, Candler, NC.

Services provided:

Rabies 1 year - (Dogs or cats over 4 months)  - $11.00
Rabies 3 year - (Dogs or cats over 4 months with rabies certificate to prove current on rabies) - $11.00  
Bordetella - Kennel cough - (Dogs over 2 months)  - $15.00
DAPP - Distemper, Adenoxirus Type 2, Parainfluenza and Parvo - (Dogs over 2 months)  - $15.00
FVRCP/FELV - Rhinotracheitis, Calici, Panleukopenia and Leukemia - (Cats over 2 months) - $20.00
Microchip - (Dogs or cats over 2 months)  - $10.00 

Please note: Cash is the only accepted form of payment.

Image: Praisaeng, freedigitalphotos.net


Canine Aggression Talk-Asheville, June 29

Me and FantJoin Anne Lill Kvam for a scintillating evening talk on aggression in dogs on Monday, June 29 at 7 PM.

Anne Lill will enlighten you on what is and isn't canine aggression, reasons for aggressive behaviors, why aggression happens, what to do when it does, prevention solutions, and what to do and not to do during an aggressive episode.

Anne Lill will also discuss the connection between stress, fear and aggression, and offer games and activities that help decrease aggression in dogs.

Anne Lill hails from Norway and has been working with dogs since 1980. She focuses on Search and Rescue and scent discrimination training and is the author of the book, "The Canine Kingdom of Scent." Anne Lill's talks are fun and informative, and she has spearheaded the Nosework and Tracking Movements worldwide.

This talk is part of a series of five evening talks for the serious dog lover that will be held on June 29, August 6, September 10, September 11, and October 23. For additional information, visit: http://dogtraininworkshops.blogspot.com/

Please join Anne Lill for this magical evening when you too can become trained in how to handle Canine Aggression. Her talk will be held at the Lenoir Rhyne Center for Graduate Studies, 36 Montford Avenue, Asheville. Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door. Seating is limited, so advance purchase is recommended. For tickets, call Grace at 828-545-2948.


Pet Honoring Ceremony-June 14

ID-10044688The second Sunday of every month, a United Pet Honoring Ceremony is held for pet owners to come together and unite in expressing their love and appreciation for their pets. It is a way to have sacred time to honor our pets and loved ones, our relationship with them, and all they give us.  
 
People from all over send in names of Pets to be Honored: Cats, Dogs, Horses, Ponies, Rabbits, Birds, Frogs and more. This is a simple ceremony (much like a memorial service). It includes an Opening, Blessing of each pet, Prayer, Silent reflection and Closing. Each pet name is said out loud and sent love and blessings for the highest good.
 
On Sunday, June 14 at 10 AM, call in and listen: 1-857-232-0159  x329054.
(Please note this is not a toll free number, although there are no charges to call in and listen!)
 
It is free to add a pet, and free to call in and listen. You can send in a pet's name (picture optional) to be included in the honoring. Send to: info@pethonoring.com.
 
Visit www.pethonoring.com/ for more information.
 
Image: Happykanppy, freedigitalphotos.net

Pit Bull Forum-Asheville, June 19

Screen Shot 2015-06-03 at 2.27.07 PMOn Friday, June 19 at 6:30 p.m, Asheville Humane Society will hold the kickoff of the Pit Bull Project Awareness and Action Campaign
 
Deirdre Franklin, founder of Pinups for Pit Bulls, owner of Darlings of Asheville, and author of Little Darling’s Pinups for Pitbulls will lead the discussion, “What is BSL (Breed Specific Legislation) and Can It Keep Us Safe?” It is the hope of Asheville Humane Society and Pinups for Pit Bulls that in creating a conversation with citizens of all ages -- homeowners, tenants, landlords, neighbors, pit bull enthusiasts, and even the pit bull wary -- we can grow a compassionate, conscientious community that promotes responsible pet ownership and no longer discriminates against breeds.  
 
Plan to attend on Friday, June 19, 6:30 PM, at Asheville Humane Society's Adoption & Education Center, 14 Forever Friend Lane (off Brevard and Pond Roads, near the WNC Farmers Market).  There will be refreshments, beer by Asheville Brewing, and Deirdre Franklin’s forum and book signing. Roscoe the celebrity puppy will also make an appearance! 

Please RSVP by emailing events@ashevillehumane.org.

Yappy Hour-Greenville, SC, June 11

Screen Shot 2015-04-23 at 9.24.16 AMEvery second Thursday of the month, from April through October, Greenville Humane Society holds a Yappy Hour from 6 to 8 PM at the Society's headquarters, 305 Airport Road in Greenville. The next Yappy Hour will be on Thursday, June 11 from 6 to 8 PM.

For $10, you and your friends can unwind with cold brews and music from local artists. Meanwhile, your dog can run off-leash in the canine courtyard and take a dip in the "doggie pools."

Dogs must come on a leash and be friendly, spayed/neutered, healthy, and up-to-date on all vaccinations.

For additional information, visit http://www.greenvillehumane.com/events


Spots Still Available-"Nosework and Tracking," June 25-28

Me and FantJoin Anne Lill Kvam hailing from Norway as she shares her skills and experience with "Nosework and Tracking" onThursday through Sunday, June 25th-28th in Asheville, NC. 

This is an experiential workshop with outdoor adventures with dogs and the 2014 Turid Rugaas International Dog Training class.  This is a rare opportunity to study this area of canine specialty that can deepen your connection with your dog as well as allow you to gain a new perspective into the Canine Kingdom of Scent. Tuition is $495.

There are just 3 spaces available for the public outside of the current students attending the full on training. For more information or to register, please call Grace at 828-545-2948.


Mayfel's Dog Days of Summer, Asheville, June 4

Screen Shot 2015-05-18 at 3.49.40 PMKudos to Mayfel's restaurant, 22 College Street in Asheville, for supporting local animal welfare groups. On Thursday, June 4, Mayfel's continues their 5th annual "Dog Days of Summer" event. Eat and drink at Mayfels (New Orleans style cuisine) on June 4 and the restaurant will donate 10% of its sales all day to Humane Alliance, our area's very own spay/neuter clinic.

That's not all -- Mayfel's hosts a different animal welfare organization every Thursday from May through August, again donating 10% of its sales that day. Dog-friendly Mayfel's, across the street from Pritchard Park, has a front patio and back courtyard patio. More about Mayfel's and their Dog Days of Summer schedule at their Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/Mayfels


Long Live Pets: The Film

Screen Shot 2015-05-01 at 3.42.00 PMNature's Variety Instinct, a maker of pet food, has produced a heart-warming online film in collaboration with Best Friends Animal Society called "Long Live Pets." They had the help of thousands of rescue dog owners, who submitted over 25,000 photos of real rescue dogs. Nature's Variety Instinct then stitched many of the photos together to create a one-of a kind film.

Every dog lover will love this film! View it here and share it, too: http://www.longlivepets.com/