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Local Outbreak of Dog Disease

LOCAL ALERT: We have an outbreak of Canine Distemper in Tulsa, OK

What is it?

Canine distemper is a highly contagious viral disease that can also be carried by ferrets, skunks, and raccoons. It is a virus, so there is no direct treatment widely available to dogs, so prevention is the key to this potentially-deadly disease. Currently, there is an outbreak most noticeable in found and shelter animals but those that are unvaccinated are also at risk! If it is an outbreak in our domesticated dogs, you can guarantee that it is spreading in the local wildlife!

What does it do?

This is a virus that can show up in a variety of ways. It most commonly presents itself as a respiratory disease causing coughing, sneezing, thick yellow mucus crusting on the face, and fever. However, it can also cause diarrhea, vomiting, and even seizures, especially in puppies.

How do we treat it?

The best treatment for this outbreak is in prevention of the spread. Distemper is easily avoided by vaccinated your dog with standard yearly vaccines. However, if they do contract the disease, our care is supportive. Anti-virals are not widely available in our pets, so we support with hospitalization, fluids, antibiotics to safeguard against concurrent infections, and intensive nursing care. We also treat symptomatically for vomiting, diarrhea, and seizure activity.

What should I do if I see symptoms?

The first step is to isolate the affected dog from all other dogs in the household. If you see sneezing and coughing, do consider that it may be allergies or another respiratory infection. Don’t panic. With that being said, it is highly recommended that your pet be evaluated by a licensed professional. GI symptoms such as vomiting and/or diarrhea are also common symptoms of other conditions however, if these symptoms persist, please take your pet in to your primary care veterinarian.

If Fido begins seizuring, it is an emergency. Please drive to the your primary care veterinarian or emergency hospital as soon as possible. Animal Emergency Center and Oklahoma Veterinary Specialists are right here in Tulsa and both take spectacular care of sick pets.

Animal Emergency Center

Address: 4055 S 102nd E Ave

Phone: (918)665-0508

Oklahoma Veterinary Specialists

Address: 1501 W 78th St S

Phone: (918)299-4900

How did this happen?

Canine distemper was previously see worldwide until the conception of our distemper vaccination. It is now much less common than it was in the 1970s however, with the shifting perspective regarding vaccinations, this canine killer is back. This disease can be prevented simply by vaccinating your pets. That is the only way to keep our canine friends safe and healthy.

Questions? Need to booster vaccines? Please give us a call at (918)664-8690!

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It is World Rabies Day!

Today is World Rabies Day! It is a day in recognition and awareness of this deadly disease. Vaccines are available for pets as most human rabies cases come from dogs.

In Mannford city limits, rabies vaccinations are legally required for all dogs and cats. Why? Because rabies is fatal to you and them. Help us protect our pets and raise awareness of this vital vaccine!

Questions? Need to make an appointment? Give us a call at (918)865-4733 or message us below!

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Want a preventative that covers fleas, ticks, & heartworms? Simparica Trio is the answer!!

Introducing, Simparica Trio! It prevents fleas, ticks, AND heartworms for your pet!

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We recently ran a poll asking: Do you want your prevention in one all-inclusive treat or separate treats? Well you, our wonderful clients, voted and a huge 82% of you answered that YOU would rather have all of your prevention in one single treat. We have great news for you, Simparica Trio is now on the market! After years of waiting, we now offer a single chewy chunk that prevents fleas, ticks, AND heartworms. Dogs even say it tastes great!

Better yet, it is MUCH CHEAPER than buying preventative separately. It is about $30-35 dollars cheaper than the other guys if you buy it per box! Isn’t that great news! AND it is super effective! This great product definitely gets the stamps of vet, and dog, approval. 

Questions? Want to get your pet started on it? Please give us a call at (918)865-4733 or shoot us an email today!

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Pet Heatstroke: What does it look like?

Heatstroke is a serious, often fatal, condition in which a dog or cat’s core body temperature is way higher than it should be. It most commonly occurs in the summer on days with high humidity. Unfortunately, this condition is not common knowledge and can have a very rapid onset. Puppies, smooshed-face animals, and older pets are among those most commonly affected.

The most common symptoms of heatstroke are excessive panting, weakness, a cherry-red tongue, diarrhea, and vomiting. Now, panting is a normal, healthy part of dogs keeping cool. Excessive panting, i.e. we physically cannot get enough air, especially with a bright, red tongue, are cause for concern. Now, in cats, ANY panting is a cause for concern! If you see these symptoms in your pet, it is time to take action!

You think your pet has heatstroke, it is time to see a veterinarian. Heatstroke can cause the body to go into shock very, very quickly. This is life-threatening and requires medical attention. What can you do to help or prevent it? Animals need breaks from the heat just like we do. Having a cool place in the shade or indoors, especially with cool water, can help tremendously. Kiddie pools full of hose water work great for this.

Small drinks of cool, not cold, water help a lot too. Guzzling water can upset the stomach and cause vomiting, but small sips helps keep heatstroke at bay. Again, if you think your animal has heatstroke they need to see a veterinarian! Not only can they check their internal temperature, but they can also give cool fluids in the vein and perform other life-saving procedures!

Questions? Concerns? Feel free to shoot us a message below!

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What can you do when your dog is afraid of fireworks this Fourth?

The Fourth is almost here! It is a sad truth but more pets go missing due to firework anxiety than any other holiday. Feel out of options? Not sure what to do? That is why we are here!

Whether it is just changing your routine, bringing them in the house, or using calming medication, there are lots of options for this issue!

Here is a quick & easy list of some simple things you can do to calm down your anxious pet this Fourth:

  1. Bring them inside the garage or inside your home.
    • This seems almost obvious, but seeing that bright flash from a firework is almost as scary as hearing it to your pet.
  2. Find them a safe place to hide whether it be a closet or under the bed.
    • Providing that cozy space gives them a place to feel secure.
  3. Play TV or other background noise to lessen the volume of the fireworks.
  4. Pet them and soothe them: Your animals feel much calmer when you are calm.
  5. Relaxation medications: Some pets are so severely affected that they need some pharmaceutical help. That is completely okay and their friends will not make fun of them! We have a variety of safe, effective calming medications that we use all the time for noise phobias like this.

Want to learn more or hear about our calming medication options? Give us a call at (918)865-4733 or message us now!