Canine Influenza

dogs eat grassIt’s flu season again, but did you know that our dogs and cats are susceptible too?
All of us at AIMSS are interested in keeping you and your pets safe. If you watch the news you have heard about the flu, both human and canine. The flu is a clinical illness secondary to one of the influenza viruses. Influenza viruses that cause disease in humans are named after 3 core proteins A, B, and C. Influenza A viruses are further described by their common surface proteins and get labels such as H1N1. Influenza A viruses are responsible for most outbreaks, epidemics, and pandemics in the world. It is also responsible for the recent canine influenza outbreak and the terrible flu season California is experiencing in general.
We at AIMSS wanted to take a minute to talk with you about how this virus can effect your pets.

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Protecting Pet Paws During the Summer Months

Handshake Between Dog and HandAlthough the Bay Area boasts cool to moderate temps, even during the summer, most states have experienced higher than average temperatures the past few years. Couple this with increased exposure to UV rays and our love of outdoor activities, and it’s understandable why pet paws may be more at risk.

Vacation time also means catching some waves and exploring your favorite spots in nature. From hot sand to sizzling sidewalks, help protect those sensitive pet paws with some basic care tips. Continue…

Ear All About It:  What You Need to Know About Pet Ears

Beagle at the veterinarianThey may be small, large, floppy, or pricked, but all of our pets have ears. Most of the time they are cute, expressive, and nice to stroke, but for some pets, ears can be the source of big problems. Learn what you should know about pet ears and how to steer clear of issues.

The Anatomy of an Ear

A cropped Doberman ear, a floppy Basset Hound ear, and a cat ear may all look very different, but they have more in common than you would think. Continue…

The Importance of Poop: Your Pet’s Fecal Examination

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No one really likes to talk about poop. It’s gross, it’s dirty, and it smells. Your pet’s stools are an important part of his or her health, though; and as veterinarians it is a subject we often have to broach.

A history of your pet’s bowel movement habits and a thorough fecal examination are essential parts of wellness care and can be helpful information when dealing with sick dogs or cats. Paying attention to these things can be an important part of helping pets live a longer, healthier life.

Read on to get the scoop on poop and why we at Animal Internal Medicine and Specialty Services put so much emphasis on your pet’s fecal examination. Continue…