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April 2019

FDA Cautions pet owners not to feed raw food

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FDA Cautions Pet Owners Not to Feed Their Pets Three Lots of Darwin’s Natural Pet Products Raw Dog Food Due to Salmonella.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is cautioning pet owners not to feed their pets three lots of Darwin’s Natural Pet Products raw dog food after samples from these lots tested positive for Salmonella.

The FDA is issuing this alert because these three lots of Darwin’s Natural Pet Products raw dog food represent a serious threat to human and animal health and are adulterated under the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act because they contain Salmonella. Salmonella can affect both human and animal health. Pets can get sick from Salmonella and may also be carriers of the bacteria and pass it onto their human companions without appearing to be ill.

People who think their pets have become ill after consuming contaminated pet food are encouraged to contact their veterinarian.

Follow this link to view the full article

https://www.fda.gov/AnimalVeterinary/NewsEvents/ucm634394.htm

Canine Brucellosis is an increasing concern in North America

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Canine brucellosis is a zoonotic disease found world-wide. It is an increasing concern in North America due to importation of infected breeding dogs and semen for artificial insemination.

Brucella Canis is the most common species found in dogs. It is most often transmitted through direct dog-to-dog contact via infected body fluids and tissues (e.g. vaginal discharge, abortedfetus, placenta, semen, urine).

Although dogs rarely spread the infection to people, it does occur and infected people can become very sick.

For more information please speak with your Veterinarian.

We have included some helpful links below;

http://www.akcchf.org/canine-health/top-health-concerns/current-topics-in-infectious-disease/AKC-CHF-Canine-Brucellosis-Fact-Sheet.pdf

http://www.cfsph.iastate.edu/Factsheets/pdfs/brucellosis_canis.pdf

https://www.wormsandgermsblog.com/2019/03/articles/animals/dogs/brucella-canis-ontario/

Ontario Rabies Update

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In December 2018, 1 new case of rabies raccoon strain in one skunk (Hamilton) was identified. Currently there are 449 cases of raccoon strain, and 21 cases of fox strain rabies in Ontario to date.

For updates related to the rabies situation in Ontario follow http://OntarioAnimalHealthNetwork

What is Rabies? This almost always fatal disease is a threat to our pets.

Find out more here: Ontario Association of Veterinary Technicians Rabies Response Program

http://www.oavt.org/view.asp?ccid=558&fbclid=IwAR1NkFfAf-Kz6-TIWueq9Iw7jSEJgRw0ZfSz_oIkh6RhPxMATUxGv_Y-3dQ

Contact your veterinarian today to learn more about vaccinating your animals for rabies, or to determine what you should do if your pet has come into contact with another animal that may have rabies.

New Year, New You!

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Congratulations to all of the pets who are making strides to improve their health in 2019!

Help improve the health and over all well-being of your pet.  Ask us how you can get started on a healthy weight loss plan for your pet!

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