New Raffle Prize, Midwest Canine Influenza, Allergy Awareness and Information on the Powassan Tick-borne Virus
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Asthma & Allergy Awareness Month

We're sure everyone is feeling glad that the long winter is finally over.  Nicer weather however also means the start of allergy season.  Sneezing and itchy watery eyes for us;  sneezing and licking of the paws and skin for your beloved pets.  While pets can have allergies for a number of reasons not necessarily related to the changing seasons, we thought this an appropriate time to remind everyone about how allergies can affect your pets the same ways they affect people.  Whether it be from outside allergens, their home environment or the food they are eating, if you think your pet might be suffering from an allergy we are here to help.  Please call our office at 860-554-5588 to set up an appointment.

                                              So What’s Powassan?
 
The Powassan virus is an emerging infectious disease related to the West Nile virus.  The virus can be transmitted to humans through the bite of an infected tick.  Unlike Lyme disease where the infected tick needs to feed for at least 24 hours before infection can occur, with the Powassan virus, the tick only needs to feed for one to two hours for the virus to be transmitted.  Although this virus has been reported in neighboring states – New York, New Jersey, Massachusetts and Maine – it has never been seen in Connecticut until this year with the discovery of the virus in infected ticks in both Bridgeport and Branford.
Although not all infected individuals show clinical signs of infection, common symptoms include: headache, fever, vomiting, confusion, and seizures.  This virus can also infect the nervous system resulting in serious neurological diseases such as inflammation of the brain and spinal cord.
There are no vaccines or medications to treat or prevent a Powassan virus infection.  The best protection is prevention.  Prevention methods include: avoiding contact with ticks, wearing protective clothing (long sleeves and pants), using repellents and conducting thorough tick checks following outdoor activities. 
Since cats and dogs can bring ticks into your home, it’s important to consistently use year round tick protection.  There are many flea and tick products on the market, so please call us at 860-554-5588 and we can help you pick the product that is best for your pet and your lifestyle.

Create a Tick-safe Zone to Reduce Ticks in your Yard
  • Remove all leaf litter
  • Clear tall grasses and brush around homes and at the edge of lawns
  • Place a 3 foot wide barrier of wood chips or gravel between lawns and wooded areas to restrict tick migration into recreational areas
  • Mow the lawn frequently
  • Stack wood neatly and in dry areas ( discourages rodents)
  • Keep playground equipment, decks, and patios away from yard edges and trees
  • Discourage unwelcome animals from entering your yard by constructing fences
  • Remove old furniture, mattresses, or trash from the yard that may give ticks a place to hide.
Fun Things To Come!
                  Raffle Contest
Did you know that only a small percentage of cats regularly visit a Veterinarian.  Cats are great at hiding illness or discomfort and often by the time you realize something may not be right, it is too late to treat as effectively. For this reason we are holding a raffle starting in the month of May. All cats that come in for a comprehensive exam will automatically be entered into the raffle to win the cat condo you see above!  Contest will run from May through June 14th on our Client Appreciation Day where we will announce the winner*.  Please call our office to set up an appointment at 860-554-5588.

*Raffle open to existing and new clients.  Cost of raffle prize valued at just over $100.  Cat must come in for an exam with the doctor and while no other services need to be performed on that day, their Rabies vaccine must be current and if it is not at time of exam, a Rabies vaccine will need to be given on that day.  Raffle winner does not need to be present when raffle is announced during our Client Appreciation celebration.
            Client Appreciation Day!
Our annual client appreciation day will be on Sunday, June 14th!  Please stay tuned to your e-mail and Facebook for up coming details.  It'll be a rootin' tootin' good time!

Midwest Canine Influenza Outbreak: 
What we know:

Researchers at Cornell University indicate that the outbreak affecting more than 1,000 dogs in Chicago and other parts of the Midwest is caused by a virus closely related to the Asian strains of Influenza A H3N2.  Influenza A H3N2 represents a strain of virus that is widely circulated in southern Chinese and South Korean dog populations.  
The virus can cause high fever, loss of appetite, coughing, nasal discharge and lethargy.  Some infected dogs may not show any symptoms at all.  This virus has caused infection and respiratory illness in cats.  There is no evidence that it can be transmitted to humans.
At this time, it is not known if the current canine influenza virus will provide any protection from this new virus.
If you have any questions please call our office at 860-554-5588. 
Some Schedule Changes!

We are happy to announce some expanded hours starting this week.  While typically we have limited staff on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, after hiring a new full time Technician, we will now be able to see regular appointments from 9 am to noon on those days.  We will either have Dr. Bernie or Dr. Minor here on those days. We want to make sure we are available to our clients and patients as often as possible.

On Saturday, May 9th, Dr. Bernie will be with her family and out of the office.  The office however will still be open our normal 9 am to 5 pm.  We will be available for phone calls, food and medication pick ups, and technician appointments.
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