This article will hopefully shed some light on what we know about the H1N1 virus in animals.

We now know that this virus does pass from people to some domestic animals. There was recently reported a cat in Lebanon, Oregon that died due to pneumonia caused by the H1N1 virus. The cat was 13 years old, was an indoor only cat and was living with a human who had been diagnosed with the virus. There is no evidence yet that the virus has gone from domestic animals to humans. This possibility cannot be entirely ruled out but it has not been documented. The virus has also recently been isolated in turkeys and one unconfirmed case in a dog.

Wound management is one of the most common things that we deal with in my practice, and it is an area where I find a great deal of misinformation amongst my clients. Here I will specifically address superficial wounds and abrasions that don’t extend deeper than the skin.

Summer is upon us and this is certainly the busiest time of the year at my clinic. Despite this economy, pets continue to get into trouble during the summer months. There are a few things that we commonly see in the summer which can be avoided by using some preventative grooming techniques.

This month’s topic is horse parasite control, specifically what products D&B Supply carries and how they work. Currently your choices include: Quest (moxidectan), Equimax (Ivermectin/Praziquantel), Rotectin P (Pyrantel), Ivercare(Ivermectin), Safeguard (Fenbendazole), Stonglycare (Pyrantel), Iverease (Ivermectin), and Horse Health (Ivermectin). As you can see there are basically four main active ingredients with praziquantel thrown in for tapeworm control: moxidectan, ivermectin, pyrantel and fenbendazole.