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When you are looking for a veterinary care clinic, you should be able to count on superior care and excellent service. Olympic Veterinary Clinic is a state of the art veterinary facility in Port Angeles, which is clean, comfortable, and welcoming.

At least once a year you should take your pet in for a veterinary exam. This will include a full physical exam of your pet from head to tail, including a thorough examination of the eyes, ears, teeth, heart, lungs, abdomen, body condition and hair coat. We are committed to promoting responsible pet ownership, preventative health care, and health-related educational opportunities for our clients in a welcoming environment.

Bring in any medical history you have of your pet when you come in for your visit. It is best to keep a journal of your pet’s health throughout his or her life, including behavioral shifts. If you have something like this, share it with our team. If not, let us know everything that you think will be important. Our doctors can still work with whatever information you have.

Our veterinarians are calm, compassionate and willing to explain all the procedures, your pet undergoes. Our qualified staff and facilities are set up to undertake surgery and perform procedures requiring anesthesia, such as teeth cleaning. Because of the general risks inherent to anesthesia, especially for very old, very young or very ill pets, your veterinarian will likely suggest an exam and lab work, before your pet is anesthetized. Antibiotics may be necessary before and after any procedure.

CareCredit for Veterinary Health

Whether it’s a routine checkup or emergency surgery, you shouldn’t have to worry about how to get the best medical care for the pet you love. That’s why we’re pleased to offer CareCredit®, North America’s leading client payment program. CareCredit® lets you say “yes” to the best treatment for your pet immediately, and pay for it over time with low monthly payments that fit easily into your budget.

CareCredit® is the credit card exclusively for healthcare services. CareCredit® offers convenient monthly payment terms, zero hidden fees, and low minimum monthly payments. You can use your CareCredit® card over and over for all your pet’s follow-up care as well as annual exams and vaccines. So you can focus on what really matters, like playing fetch and learning new tricks.

Learn more by visiting CareCredit.com or contacting our office. Ready to apply? Apply Online for your CareCredit card today.

 

The 411 on the Dog Flu

Yes, it’s true. The canine influenza or dog flu has now reached Washington State. A report released by the Washington State Veterinary Medicine Association (WSVMA) on January 22nd has confirmed that two dogs in Kent County/Seattle area have tested positive for the virus. They were at a boarding facility when they contracted the virus. Unlike the flu in people, dogs can contact this disease year round. The flu is species specific, meaning you will not get sick from your dog.

What is it?

The dog flu is currently made up of 2 different strains. The H3N8 strain that has being around since 2004 and the newer H3N2 strain that just showed in 2015.

How is it spread?

Dogs shed the virus through nasal secretions. If one dog is in close proximity to another dog, chances are that they are being exposed to the virus. This includes touching noses to greet, sniffing through a fence, playing with friends in a park, sharing a ball, etc. Dogs that are exposed usually start showing signs within 2-4 days. The illness runs its course for about 2-3 weeks. Infected dogs will shed the virus and infect other dogs during this time.

What are the signs?

It is similar to kennel cough in which it causes respiratory signs (coughing, sneezing) and flu-like signs including not eating, fever, lethargy, etc. Almost all dogs exposed will become infected. Of the infected dogs, 80% will develop signs of illness. To date, less than 10% of dogs that have been infected have died. The dogs that have died were also diagnosed with secondary bacterial infections such as pneumonia.

How is it diagnosed?

A nasal swab can be taken right away (less than 3 days after exposure). A PCR test is used to detect the presence of the virus on the nasal swab sample. If the canine patient is already showing signs of illness, then a blood test in done. A paired blood sample can alternatively be done: one sample collected during the first week of illness followed by a second sample 10-14 days later.

What is the treatment?

As with any respiratory infection caused by a virus, the treatment is always supportive. Anti-cough tabs, anti-inflammatories for fever, and/or antibiotics for secondary bacterial infection are common supportive measures.

How do you prevent it from happening to your dog?

If your pet is not vaccinated, avoid public areas where your dog will encounter lots of other dogs. These areas include as dog parks, dog shows, boarding facilities, larger cities with high traffic of dogs, or even travel. If you frequent these areas or travel then the vaccine is recommended. Each strain has a vaccine developed to protect against it and the vaccines must be boosted in 3-4 weeks in order for it to be protective.

As with any concern for viruses, always practice good hygiene. Wash your hands and clean any shared items between dogs. Isolate your dog and cancel any play dates if you are concerned that an illness is present. The virus will survive for 48 hours in the environment, but common disinfectants will easily destroy it and render it inactive.

For more information visit the AVMA website at;

https://www.avma.org/public/PetCare/Pages/CanineInfluenza.aspx

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