Pet Loss

The Doctors and Staff at North County Animal Hospital would like to extend their deepest sympathy to you and your family coping with the loss of your pet. We have articles and brochures available at the hospital pertaining to pet loss and grieving. Also, there are some very good websites and toll free numbers that you may find helpful.

www.petloss.com
www.rainbowbridge.org
1-800-798-6196 Florida Animal Health Foundation Pet Grief Hotline: FREE
1-888-332-7738 Iams Pet Loss Support Center: FREE

“If there is a heaven, it’s certain that our animals are to be there. Their lives become so interwoven with our own; it would take more than an archangel to disentangle them”
-Pam Brown

Canine Influenza

Canine influenza is a newly emerging infectious disease caused by a “flu” virus. Just like human “flu,” canine influenza is highly contagious. In fact, unless a dog has already had the illness and recovers, virtually every dog exposed to the virus will become infected. Since 2003, there have been numerous reports of influenza outbreaks in veterinary clinics, kennels and shelters. The most common sign of canine influenza is a persistent cough. It’s hard to diagnose canine influenza because many times it can be confused with kennel cough since the signs are very similar. Often canine influenza is not suspected until the illness becomes unusually severe or lasts an unusually long time. Canine influenza spreads the same way that human flu spreads – through direct contact (kissing, licking, nuzzling), through the air (coughing or sneezing), and via contaminated surfaces. A new canine influenza vaccine is available and has been proven to significantly reduce the severity of influenza and the length of time that a dog is sick. Please call us today to find out more information on canine influenza and if your dog should be vaccinated.

Resources

Martin County Animal Control:  772-463-3211
PBC Animal Care and Control: 561-233-1200
Animal Poison Control Hotline: 888-426-4435

A Second Chance Puppies and Kittens Rescue:

We take care of all sick puppies and kittens and do free adoption exams for A Second Chance Puppies and Kittens Rescue as well as vaccinations for this wonderful organization. Please visit their website to help these pets who need adoption.