2015 Dog Flu Virus Q and A: Canine Influenza Still on the Rise

What You Can Do to Keep Your Pet Safe and Healthy

Flu season may be winding down for humans, but there have been over 1,000 reported cases of canine influenza in Chicago in the last few weeks, causing some local vets to call the situation an “epidemic.” The outbreak also spread to dogs across the Midwest, and infected many pooches right here in Cleveland. :(

To help dog owners better understand the virus, here are some key facts from the American Veterinary Medical Association:

What is canine influenza?

Canine influenza (CI), or dog flu, is a highly contagious infection caused by an influenza A subtype H3N8 virus first discovered in 2004.

What are common symptoms of the infection in dogs?

In the mild form, the most common sign is a cough that persists for 2-3 weeks. However, some dogs can develop signs of severe pneumonia, such as a high-grade fever (104°F-106°F) and faster breathing. Other signs in infected dogs include nasal and/or ocular discharge, sneezing, fatigue, and refusing food.

Is every dog at risk of infection?doggie flu

All dogs, regardless of breed or age, are susceptible to infection.

How does it spread?

Canine influenza is spread from dog to dog through the air, contaminated objects (kennel surfaces, food and water bowls, collars and leashes), and people ineracting with infected and uninfected dogs. On surfaces, the virus is alive and can infect dogs for up to 48 hours, on clothing for 24 hours, and on hands for 12 hours.

Can veterinarians test for canine influenza?

The most reliable and sensitive method for confirmation is serologic testing. Antibodies to canine influenza virus can appear in blood as early as 7 days after symptoms begin, and the virus may be identified in nasal or pharyngeal swabs during the first 4 days of illness.

Any treatment options?

In May 2009, the USDA approved the first influenza vaccine for dogs. Trials have shown that it can significantly reduce the duration of illness, including the incidence and severity of damage to the lungs. Dog owners should consult with their vet to determine whether the vaccine is appropriate for their dog.

Can canine influenza infect people?

There is no evidence that the virus can be transmitted from dogs to humans.

*I wanted to note here also that both Bordetella and the influenza virus have symptoms that mimic one another. In about 20 percent of cases, more severe symptoms occur including high fever and pneumonia. A small number of dogs with the virus have died from complications of the disease.

For more information about canine influenza virus, visit the American Veterinary Medicine Association or the Center for Disease Control.

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Lindy & Company Brings Taste of Philanthropy to Pet Treat Market

Homemade by homeless youth, Lindy & Company treats are “Saving Kids, One Treat at a Time”

After Cricket took just one teeny taste of the new dog treats he received in the mail from Lindy & Company last week, he melted at my feet like butter. I now realize that these fabulous new dog treats are from a gourmet pet treat bakery; a dog treat bakery with a twist, if you will.

Founded in 2012 by Daybreak, a nonprofit organization that provides shelter and housing for homeless youth, Lindy & Company is a work-readiness program Lindy and Company Logothat employs these youth so they can develop the valuable work skills (timeliness, respect, customer service, teamwork, etc.) needed in order to find and keep good jobs.

Linda Kramer, CEO of Daybreak, is proud of this unique program.

“Being able to employ the youth who stay at Daybreak means more than just giving them a job,” Kramer said. “It’s about giving them hope, reigniting their dreams, and providing them with tools that they can use so that they never have to be homeless again.”

Made with natural ingredients and natural preservatives, Lindy & Company and its homeless youth workers create, make, pack and offer six varieties of dog treats (including gluten-free), three varieties of dog training treats, and four varieties of cat treats! Cricket voted these dog treats extremely palatable and Maxwell gave the cat treats from Lindy & Co. four-paws-up!

Some of the delicious dog treat varieties you’ll find on the site include Apples-n-Cheese, Better Butter Honey, Cheddar Chompers, Peanut Butter But Better and more! Cats will delight in Lindy & Company’s gourmet cat training treats, which are appetizing and arouse Sasha’s interest with their flavors, like Liver and Cheese, Chicken Delight and Cheese and Tuna.Pet parents can purchase dog treats or cat treats in person at the Dayton, Ohio bakery, online, or at one of Lindy & Company’s retail partners.

“Our treats arLindy and Co Treat Bage sure to make your pet feel like a super hero,” Kramer said. “Beyond that, they’re homemade with love by homeless youth. We like to say Lindy & Company treats are saving kids, one treat at a time.”

For more information, please visit Lindy & Company online at www.lindyandcompany.org.

About Lindy & Company

Lindy & Company is gourmet pet treat bakery and social enterprise located in Dayton, Ohio. Founded by Daybreak, a nonprofit organization that provides shelter and housing for homeless youth, Lindy & Company employs these youth so that they can master the work-readiness soft skills that employers expect. For more information, please visit www.lindyandcompany.org or connect with the company on Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter or Pinterest.


All opinions herein are those of the Administrator, JL Smith, and her dog Cricket, and cats, Maxwell, Tater Tot and Sasha Smith. This post was written in conjunction with Lindy & Company and our Administrator. ThoughtsFurPaws.com never publishes dishonest, distorted or distended reviews, nor does it perpetuate the circulation/spread of misinformation.

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Tips for Pet First Aid Awareness Month

April is Pet First Aid Awareness Month; Top Tips to Help Your Pet in an Emergency

Emergencies happen – sometimes pets eat the wrong foods, get bitten or cut and have seizures.  But, there are ways to help while you’re getting your pet to the vet.  Here are a few tips from the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) to help stabilize your pet:

  • If your pet has been exposed to a toxin, check the label for immediate instructions such as washing its skin with soap and water, or flushing eyes with water.
  • If your pet is having seizures, keep it away from any objects, blanket your pet to keep it warm and call your vet or an emergency vet clinic, or phone the Animal Poison Control Hotline at 888-426-4445. They’re available 24/7 and there is a fee for consultation.AVMA
  • If you think your pet has a broken bone, gently lay him or her on a flat surface, or use a blanket as a sling to gently transport your pet to the veterinarian.
  • With cuts, press a clean, thick gauze pad over the wound and press on it until the bleeding stops. If bleeding is severe and on the legs, apply a tourniquet (using a rubber band and gauze) between the wound and the body to slow down the blood flow and get your animal to the vet ASAP.
  • For burns, flush a light burn immediately with lots of water, and if the burn is more severe quickly apply an ice water compress.
  • For choking, if your pet can still breathe, get it to the vet immediately. Look in its mouth with a flashlight and quickly try to get the object out with a tweezer.  If that doesn’t work, place both hands on the side of his or her ribcage and strike the rib cage firmly with the palm of your hand 3 to 4 times while getting to the vet.

What a proper Pet First Aid Kit should include, according to the experts at AVMA:

-Important phone numbers – your numbers, the vet, Poison Control, dog walker, etc.

-Gauze for wrapping wounds

-Nonstick bandages or towels to control bleeding or protect wounds

-Adhesive tape to secure the gauze or bandage *do not use human Band-Aids or adhesive bandages on pets

-Hydrogen peroxide – induces vomiting if ever necessary

-A digital thermometer in case you need to check your pet’s temperature

-Milk of Magnesia to absorb poison if necessary

-An eye dropper to give oral treatments or flush wounds

-A muzzle (in an emergency a rope, necktie, soft cloth, nylon stocking, small towel may be used) – to cover your pet’s head

-A leash – to transport your pet easily

-A stretcher (or board with a blanket) – to transport an injured animal

Always remember that any first aid administered to your pet should be followed by immediate veterinary care. First aid is not a substitute for professional veterinary care, but it may save your pet’s life until it receives veterinary treatment.

More pet life-saving tips from the AVMA are available; check them out at www.avma.org!

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Blue Dog Bakery’s New Deli Sticks for Dogs Meet the Meat!

Hold the bone, said Cricket. Savor the flavor, said Brisket! Blue Dog Bakery’s new Deli Sticks for dogs are a major contender for favorite dog treat around here after we were sent a sample to try by the brand last month.

beef deli sticksCricket, the happy-go-lucky Golden, took a whole 2.8 milliseconds to inspect the delicious-smelling meaty variety. He proceeded to immediately chew it. Voraciously. Happily. Like he had just tasted a bit of Heaven disguised as a sausage-roll-looking shapeshifter. He swallowed and immediately walked back to me for another one, just in case, by some small miracle or unknown impending Armageddon, I was willing to give up one more of the moist and meaty doggie delicacies… #pleaseGodletherhaveanother

Brisket the Pit Bull perfectionist didn’t play around with her Blue Dog Bakery meaty-licous dog treat either. I call her my “meat-o-saurus” because she just loves meat! Brisket licked the Deli Stick a few times and rolled it over on the carpet so as to inspect for other flavors or additional smells (oh the possibilities, skunk! Goose poop!), decided there were neither anymore new smells nor flaws, and then, BAM! It was gone! I didn’t even see her sweet sassy lips inhale it! It was just gone! #funniestBrisketmomentever

Brisket and Cricket both followed me around the house for like an hour after they had their first taste of Deli Sticks by Blue Dog Bakery. And here’s why:

  • Deli Sticks are made with human-grade meat
  • They contain no fillers, preservatives, artificial colors or ingredients
  • No corn, wheat or fillers
  • No animal by-products
  • They’re premium, natural dog treats
  • Deli Sticks are all natural and grain-free

Blue Dog Bakery Deli Sticks are no exception to the company’s objective to produce high-quality treats using high-quality ingredients.

“We wanted to create a new product form that was unlike anything else in the pet section,” said Eric Koppelman, Blue Dog Bakery’s VP of Sales and Marketing. “Our Deli Sticks are made from a high-grade USA beef in a facility that produces products for human consumption. The ingredients and the process is a quality so great you could confidently eat Deli Sticks yourself. We certainly do.”

Blue Dog Bakery has been dedicated to creating all natural, healthy dog treats since 1998. What began with one flavor of dog biscuits 17 years ago has gradually expanded….Blue Dog Bakery’s product portfolio now includes upwards of ten different product varieties for both mass-market grocery stores, and pet specialty retailers. While some of these product forms do contain natural meat flavors, they are 100% vegetarian, according to the company blue dog bakerywebsite.

In January 2015 Blue Dog Bakery launched its first-ever meat-based treat for dogs – all natural and grain free Deli Sticks made with premium USA beef. You can find Blue Dog Bakery Deli Sticks (and the company’s massive line of other dog treats) at shop.bluedogbakery.com. You can save 10% on your first order when you order now!

*You can also get your dog featured on the website! Email your cutest dog photos to bluedog@bluedogbakery.com for the opportunity to have him posted on bluedogbakery.com. With your photo, please include your dog’s name, a Blue Dog Bakery testimonial, your first name only, and your city.

The Deli Sticks retail on-site for around $7 and $10, for a 4.8-ounce and 7.8-ounce pack, respectively. You can also order an 8-pack bag of either dog treat variety, and there’s a 100% satisfaction guarantee! You can also find the natural dog treats at major pet retailers for similar pricing.

Cricket and Brisket have a final thought: Blue Dog Bakery Deli Sticks leave a pooch with nothing to be blue about (unless, of course, you run out! Then you have to send your hooman to get more!)

Four-paws-up! Thanks Blue Dog Bakery!

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Mia Designer Dog Collars are Entirely Adorable

Posted on February 23rd, 2015 in Dogs, Pet Lover Gifts, Pet Product of the Week, Pet Supplies

miacollars LOGOCustom-designed designer dog collars: that’s what you’ll get from Mia Dog Collars, a premium hand-maker of doggie duds fit for the fussiest doggie debutantes.

The beautiful dog collar we received for Frankie for a review is simply stunning; as you can see from the picture it is Dogcollarsky blue with beads of different blue shades on it. Let me tell you that photographs barely do these gems justice. I call Frankie my fancy-face; now I call just call him Fancy because the stunning designer dog collar matches his eyes! Many people have stopped us on walks and inquired as to where the dog collar came from; we’ve also been asked at the dog park.

Accented with gemstones, pearls and sparkly crystals, even Swarovski crystals, and available in a variety of stunning colors and patterns, the unique dog collars available from Mia Dog Collars are simply incomparable to what you’ll find anywhere else. Retail price online is around $30 to $50 depending on size and amount of detail. All collars, as mentioned earlier, are handcrafted from the finest materials.

The owner of Mia Dog Collars, Bojana, has been creating jewelry at miagems.com for years; she began making dog collar jewelry, if you will, in 2013 after being inspired by the loss of her precious dog Boni.

Visit Mia Dog Collars online at miadogcollars.com, plus on Facebook at www.facebook.com/miadogcollars for more information!

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