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Canine Influenza Virus Overview Jessica Rozak, CVT Canine Influenza, strain H3N8, is very similar to kennel cough. Both diseases can cause a cough, low grade fever, lethargy and anorexia. A smaller number of cases can progress to a higher fever and pneumonia that could potentially require hospitalization and oxygen supplementation. Also, both diseases can be transmitted by direct contact, contaminated surfaces i.e. cages, bowls, leashes etc. and become aerosolized. The incubation period of H3N8 is suspected to be five days. In extremely rare cases of Canine Influenza, hemorrhagic pneumonia has been reported, although this was only reported in racing greyhound populations that had a confirmed secondary Streptococcus infection. The only way to know for sure what disease you are dealing with is through laboratory testing. Cornell offers this service and in a separate attachment I have included more information on the tests and how to submit samples if that’s something anyone in the clinic is interested in. Some warning signs that the case you are dealing with could be Canine Influenza instead of kennel cough can include the following but isn’t limited to: - Dogs that have already been vaccinated for other respiratory diseases. - Usually a slightly more severe disease process than kennel cough. - Prolonged or a lack of response to antibiotic therapy aimed at Bordatella bronchiseptica. - A dog that was transferred from a shelter, groomer or an endemic area. Canine influenza has been documented in almost all states with the exception of Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska, Minnesota, Michigan, Missouri, and Louisiana. - A sudden increase in respiratory illness, especially in a population of dogs. The majority of dogs are still naïve to this virus so when it is introduced into a community of dogs, it will spread like wildfire typically within two weeks. Any suspected Canine Influenza case should be handled just as cautiously as Parvovirus and kennel cough. That means that any patient in the hospital that is suspicious of Canine Influenza and doesn’t need oxygen should go in an isolation room. All isolation and disinfection protocols should be followed. The H3N8 strain can be killed with quaternary ammonium compounds and bleach solutions with at least a dilution of 1:30. Pay attention to the manufacturer’s directions for proper contact time for the most successful decontamination. The virus will also die on its own just by being on a labile object in the environment for 48 hours. Please remember that only a limited number of staff members should be dealing with that case, use good hygiene, and remember to glove and gown up properly. CCR’s should remember to keep the exam rooms and lobby disinfected as well as paying attention to client’s chief complaints. If the complaint is a chronic cough or the complaints sound like an upper respiratory disease, they should automatically go to an isolation room. The room should then be disinfected well afterwards. Sources https://ahdc.vet.cornell.edu/news/civ.cfm http://www.myvetonline.com/midnorthanimal/dog-care-info-canine-influenza-dog-flu.html http://www.cdc.gov/flu/canine http://www.doginfluenza.com/default.asp www.doginfluenza.com is provided by Merck Animal Health and I personally found this to be the most helpful source of information. They have ideas on how to treat Canine influenza and take you through the disease process.


Many of you may have heard the word before either from us here at Preiser Animal Hospital, a breeder, or even read about it while filling out your dog park form, so what is Leptospirosis?  Leptospirosis is a bacterial infection that can affect our pets, wildlife, and even us.  It is spread through the urine of infected animal and can survive in the soil, streams, lakes and puddles for months.  If your dog drinks from that contaminated source, or even steps in it then grooms himself he can potentially become infected.  So what does an infected animal look like you may be wondering?  The signs and symptoms are not always very specific to the disease.  Initially you may notice that your dog is not acting right, they may have a fever, decrease appetite and some may even begin to vomit.  The bacteria can cause liver failure, kidney failure,  and even death if left untreated.  Also very importantly, this is one disease that we can catch from our pets if we are handling their urine with the same deadly outcome!  The easiest way to prevent the disease is by vaccinating your pet against the four most common strains in our area.  It will keep your pet's safe, and YOU safe. 


Ask us about our Class IV Laser!!!

In December 2011 we added a Class IV Therapy Laser to our arsenal of tools to treat:

          -Pain Relief

          - Wound Healing

          - Arthritis

          - Cystitis

          - Otitis

          - Intervertebral Disc Disease

          - Skin Infections/Hot spots

          - Degenerative Joint Disease

          - Lick Granulomas

          - Periodontal Disease/Gingivitis

The therapy laser can help ease the pain of arthritis without the use of medication or surgery.  It also speeds healing following surgery or an injury.  This FDA-approved laser uses deep-penetrating light waves to stimulate both the release of endorphines to ease pain and increase circulation to reduce inflammation and expedite healing.  We can finally improve your pet's quality of life without the use of oral medications and the unwanted side effects that those bring.  We use it with nearly every surgery patient that comes thru our door to ensure that they remain as comfortable as possible during their recovery.  If you are interested in learning more about this cutting-edge tool, please call to speak with one of our staff members. 


Introducing Sentinel, Parastar Plus and Vectra 3D....

The warm weather is back and with that comes the reminder of heartworm, fleas and ticks!!! There have been a few changes this year in our recommendations. In years past we have recommended Heartgard Plus as your heartworm and intestinal parasite prevention and Frontline Plus for fleas and ticks. This year we would like to introduce you to Sentinel for your heartworm and intestinal parasite prevention. Heartgard has been very reliable in preventing heartworm disease and treating both roundworms and hookworms which are 2 intestinal parasites very common to this area. However, as we have seen a rise in the prevalence of whipworms, a very hearty intestinal parasite, we are now recommending Sentinel.  Sentinel is still as reliable in preventing heartworm disease and treating roundworm and hookworms, but they also have an additional de-worming medication to take care of any whipworms as well. Whipworms can be tricky to diagnose because they carry with them a low worm burden and only intermittently shed eggs, but they can cause hemorrhagic diarrhea if left untreated. 

For all your flea and tick concerns, we would also like to introduce you toParastar Plus and  Vectra 3D. Both products have quicker kill time for both fleas and ticks (it only protects against fleas in cats) which means a much lower risk of any disease transmission for diseases such as Lymes, Anaplasma, Erlichia and Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever. Vectra 3D works within 4-6 hours to kill fleas and ticks.  Parastar Plus has the quickest kill time of any veterinary recommended and FDA approved topical product.  It works within 1 hour to kill any fleas and ticks that may have found their way onto your pet.  Both products protect against multiple species of ticks that are prevelant in our region. Vectra 3D and Parastar Plus are perfect for dogs that spend a lot of time outdoor because it is more stable in the presence of sunlight and both are very safe to use. If you do have a household with cats and dogs, the manufacture does recommend keeping the cat away from the dog until the product has had time to dry.

So next time you are in ask one of our staff memebers if Sentinel coupled with Parastar Plus or Vectra 3D is right for your pet!!!


"Preiser Animal Hospital will do our absolute best to welcome you to a friendly atmosphere, while treating you, your animals, and one another with the utmost compassion, respect and care.  We strive to provide our patients quality and progressive medicine during illness and in health.  Our mission is to provide a service of preventative and natural wellness for your animal from the very young to the senior stages of life...with a smile."


Welcome treiser Animal Hospital

Located in Northbrook, IL the veterinarians at Preiser Animal Hospital are committed to your pet's health. Northbrook based Preiser Animal Hospital excels in the science of Veterinary medicine and was founded in 1965 by Dr. Herbert Preiser. Since then Dr. Kristine Preiser, Dr. Katie Becker, Dr. Caryl Buonopane and Dr. Geraldine Cretacci have joined the rest of our team in compassionate veterinary care in the Northbrook area.   

Preiser Animal Hospital is a full-service animal hospital whose mission is to provide the highest standard of veterinary care for pets. We provide friendly, informative, and supportive services for you and your pet, while maintaining a superior working environment for our employees.

Preiser Animal Hospital offers the Northbrook animal community emergency veterinary services as well as medical, surgical, and dental veterinary care during clinic hours. With an in-house pharmacy, access to specialists, on site grooming, boarding, and a pet store, Preiser Animal Hospital is well-equipped to serve all of your pet's health and medical care.  Community Services

Preiser Animal Hospital works closely with the community to help local animal shelters. In 2002, Dr. Herbert Preiser founded Heartland Animal Shelter which is located in the building next door to the clinic. The shelter now finds homes for over 1000 animals per year and has been gaining recognition of one of the top animal shelters in the Chicago area. Continuing her father's work, Dr. Kristine Preiser volunteers her time as the shelter veterinarian to perform all the spays and neuters for the shelter, as well as oversees all medical care for the animals while they are waiting to find their forever homes. To find out more please visit them at www.heartlandanimalshelter.net.

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We are open for walk-in appointments during normal business hours and on Saturdays.  We are available for scheduled surgeries and dental procedures Monday through Friday.

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We accept walk-ins until 30 minutes prior to closing.

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