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Employment Opportunities!!

We are currently looking for a Licensed NYS Veterinary Technician.  You must be licensed in the state of New York.  Experience is preferred, but not mandatory.  Please apply in person!

BRAVECTO is here!

Clark Animal Care Center is now prescribing BRAVECTO (fluralaner), the longest-lasting ORAL treatment against fleas and tick. These small insects can cause real harm. With just 1 chew that most dogs enjoy, your dog will be protected against fleas and ticks for up to 12 full weeks.

BRAVECTO is a convenient, easy-to-use, safe and effective treatment, and it can be used on dogs that are at least 6 months of age and weigh 4.4 pounds or more.

Benefits of BRAVECTO are less worry about outdoor playtime and less-often dosing than a monthly product.   It doesn’t wash off, and swimming doesn’t change the effectiveness of it.

Click here to view the Bravecto brochure or call us at 585-377-1160 for more information.  There are rebate forms available at our front desk.

Canine Influenza Outbreak!

From Cornell University:

Midwest Canine Influenza outbreak caused by new strain of virus

April 12, 2015 By Joe Schwartz

ITHACA, N.Y. – The canine influenza outbreak afflicting more than 1,000 dogs in Chicago and other parts of the Midwest is caused by a different strain of the virus than was earlier assumed, according to laboratory scientists at Cornell University and the University of Wisconsin. Researchers at Cornell say results from additional testing indicate that the outbreak is being caused by a virus closely related to Asian strains of influenza A H3N2 viruses, currently in wide circulation in southern Chinese and South Korean dog populations since being identified in 2006. There is no evidence that it can be transmitted to humans.

The outbreak in the Midwest had been attributed to the H3N8 strain of virus, which was identified in the U.S. dog population in 2004 and has been circulating since. The H3N2 virus had not been previously detected in North America. The outbreak in Chicago suggests a recent introduction of the H3N2 virus from Asia.

Testing of clinical samples from the outbreak conducted at The New York State Animal Diagnostic Laboratory at Cornell indicated that the virus was Influenza A. Further testing led researchers to believe a new strain was at fault. Subsequent testing, carried out with the assistance of the Wisconsin Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory, identified the new subtype as H3N2. The National Veterinary Services Laboratories in Ames, IA is sequencing two isolates from this outbreak, which were isolated at Cornell, to facilitate rapid complete characterization of the viruses.

Both Influenza strains can cause high fever, loss of appetite, coughing, nasal discharge, and lethargy. Symptoms may be more severe in cases caused by the H3N2 virus. Some infected dogs may not show symptoms at all.

H3N2 has caused infection and respiratory illness in cats.

Veterinary professionals are advised that diagnostic testing of samples from sick pets can be done using a broadly targeted Influenza A matrix reverse transciptase-polymerase chain reaction assay (Rt-PCR). The canine-specific Influenza A H3N8 Rt-PCR in use in several laboratories will not detect this virus. Serology is also currently not available as the H3N2 virus is different enough from H3N8 that antibodies may not cross react. However, an H3N2-specific serologic assay is under development and will be available soon.

It is not known if the current vaccine will provide any protection from this new virus. It does protect against H3N8, which is in circulation in some areas. Other preventive advice remains the same: In areas where the viruses are active, avoid places where dogs congregate, such as dog parks and grooming salons.

Owners of symptomatic dogs and cats should consult their veterinarians about testing and treatment.

Here are 2 more links from the AVMA regarding canine flu:

Pet Owner’s Guide from AVMA

FAQ’s from AVMA

 

EPetHealth and Online Store Announcement

We have a new page where you can go to check your pet’s medical history, upload pictures, request medication refills, request appointment times, print i.d.cards, and lots of other things!  It is called ePetHealth.  There are numerous educational articles and videos as well.  To access, just click on the box on the right side of this page. If you have a request for us, please give us 1 to 2 business days to respond.  If it is an emergency, contact us directly at 585-377-1160!

To shop our new online store, just enter the ePetHealth site here or use the blue tab on the right of this web page, enter your email address and password, select the pet that you want to order something special for and once into the site, you will see a shopping tab on the top.  You will find many brands of  prescription diets, (Hills, Royal Canin, Purina), plus flea and tick products, medications, and lots more!  All products come with the MANUFACTURER guarantee, and you can be sure you are buying the actual product.

Food Recall Notices

The information contained in the website below involves recalls and alerts issued regarding pet and animal feeds, including dog and cat foods and treats as well feeds for livestock, poultry and other species. The information is based on reports and alerts received from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and/or the manufacturers.

Please go to the AVMA Website for the up to date list:  Food and Treat Recall List

Lyme Vaccine is Available!

Ticks are growing in number in our area and your dog is at increased risk for infestation. Wherever deer walk, ticks will be present. Unfortunately, we are diagnosing more and more tick-transmitted diseases like Lyme Disease.

Lyme Disease affects animals differently, and many display no clinical signs at all.  In dogs, many cases start with limping, lymph node swelling and fever.  Other signs include loss of appetite, painful joints and lethargy.  Rarely it can cause kidney failure and death.  Once a dog is infected with Lyme Disease — it likely is infected for life.

We are now recommending Lyme vaccination which works by helping to block the transmission (from tick to dog) of the organism that causes Lyme Disease. We also recommend Frontline Plus once a month (year round) — it kills ticks that may transmit Lyme Disease.  Another option is a Seresto Collar.  Seresto Collars give 8 months of protection and treatment of ticks and fleas on both dogs and cats.  Advantix II is a topical prevention for DOGS ONLY, that repels and kills ticks, fleas, and mosquitoes. As mentioned at the top of this page, another great option for tick control is Bravecto. If your dog spends time in wooded or grassy areas, or walks where deer walk, it is at risk of contracting Lyme Disease.

Please call us at 585-377-1160 for more information on tick prevention or to schedule Lyme vaccination for your dog.  Or, you can enter your pet’s ePetHealth page on the right of this page where you can purchase Frontline Plus, Seresto Collars, Bravecto or Advantix II (and many other medications and food).