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DOG FLU IS STILL WIDESPREAD IN LOUISVILLE

Has your dog been vaccinated yet?  Dog Influenza is still a serious problem in Louisville and Southern Indiana.  This is an extremely contagious virus passed by aerosol from coughing dog to other dogs.  We are recommending not boarding your dogs or going to dog parks until your dog receives 2 vaccines, at least 2-4 weeks apart.  Even then, they are not protected for 2 weeks after the second vaccine. If you come to our office with a coughing pet, we will insist that th...

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ENJOY DOG DAYS AT SLUGGER FIELD WITH THE STAFF OF JEFFERSON ANIMAL HOSPITALS

Our Staff enjoyed another wonderful evening at Louisville's Slugger Field, home of the Bats, AAA team of the Cincinnatti Reds.  Hundreds of pet owners brought their canine friends down to the park for an evening with our favorite baseball team.   We gave way pet kerchefs to the lucky first 500 attendees, spun our gift wheel for more free gifts and gave away $50 gift certificates to be used at either Jefferson Animal Hospital and Regional Emergency Center or JAH Fern Creek.  &n...

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pets and babies, new baby, expecting a child

Check out the fall edition of Women's Today Magazine for this timely article by Dr. Kennedy on babies and pets in the household. Q:  Help!  We’re expecting a new baby next month.  How can I prepare my dogs and cats? A:  That is a great question and Congratulations!  You’re exactly right that you should take some time to prepare your canine and feline household pets.  First, are your dog’s obedience trained?   It’s very imp...

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Should I be worried about the dog flu?

What have you heard about Canine Influenza a.k.a. The Dog Flu????  There has been a lot of information on the news and various media outlets about the current outbreak in our area and we would like to put your mind at ease with reliable information.  This is a very contagious virus that can cause coughing, sneezing, nasal discharge or fever.  The symptoms for most dogs will resolve in 2-3 weeks.  Some dogs may contract the virus and not show any clinical signs at all but stil...

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SPRINGTIME IS TICK SEASON

Q:  I just found a tick on my puppy?  Help! How do I get it off safely and can I catch anything? A:  Springtime is definitely the peak time for Ticks and yes, there are several serious diseases that both you and your pet can suffer from.   There are 15 species of ticks in North America but only a few that can affect you or your dog: the American Dog Tick, Lone Star Tick, Deer or Blacklegged tick and Brown Dog Tick.   Ticks can transmit Lyme disease, Ehrl...

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WHAT IS A BLOAT OR GASTRIC DILATION (GDV)? Meet Frank.  He is a 5 year old male, neutered Great Dane who recently came to our hospital as an Emergency Bloat, often called GDV (Gastric Dilatation Volvulus).    Frank had immediate emergency surgery to de-rotate his twisted stomach and in spite of a guarded prognosis, he is recovered and thriving post-surgery.   We wanted to describe to you the causes of this life threatening problem so you don’t have to go th...

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HALLOWEEN DANGERS FOR YOUR PETS

This is one of our favorite patients “Midnight” (name has been changed to protect the innocent).  He’s a black cat who lives inside and outside.   We worry about him at Halloween for a variety of reasons.  BUT, the good news is that HE HAS A MICROCHIP which will protect him if he gets lost or picked up by strangers.  When he goes outside there are a large number of dangers that we worry about.   Because he is a black cat, we worry because he m...

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FROM FEARFUL TO PLAYFUL. REDUCING STRESS AND ANXIETY FOR YOUR PET

Does your pet hate going to the vet?  Do they start shaking as soon as you get the car keys? Have they had such bad experiences in the past that you try to find every excuse not to go for those very necessary vaccinations and health care needs? This is Rachel.  Her owner loves her and says she is just a fantastic dog-an absolute gift and blessing to their family.  She will lay still and allow toddlers to pull and crawl on her, is super enthusiastic when her human walks in th...

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Traveling with your pets, what do you need to know?

If youll be flying or driving to visit family this summer and traveling with your dogs or cats, what do you need to know in terms of rules and regulations of traveling with pets? This a really great question. Planning ahead is the key to a smooth trip when traveling with pets. Traveling by car in the Continental US does not require any special permits but going across the border into Canada or Mexico does have specific Health Certificate requirements. Also, the rules when flying with your pet wi...

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Pet Q&A with Dr. K

School Starts, seasons change....but what about our pets? Q. With school beginning, our family will start to leave our one year old puppy alone at home for an extended part of each weekday; do you have any recommendations for the best way to limit separation anxiety? A. Separation anxiety is a big problem when pets are left alone. This results in vocalization (attempts to call the departing figure back), hyperactivity, hyperventilating, salivating, shedding, destructive behavior, and elimin...

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Ask Dr. K - Safety tips for your pet

Its September and, the temperatures are climbing into the 90s, and your pet has gotten out of the yard and is loose in the neighborhood. What are your main fears? Heat stroke, theres no access to water Dog fight , bite wounds or worse Being hit by a car Getting lost and we cant find him Eating something weight and needing surgery to remove a foreign body Does your pet have a microchip? Thats the first thing you need to prevent problems if your pet gets lost. Once youre found ...