Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Yard Sale at Niles Animal Hospital 8/23/15

Finally, our long awaited yard sale. We will be holding a yard sale at Niles Animal Hospital in the parking lot on Sunday August 23rd from 9 AM to 3 PM. The sale will benefit "A Refuge for Saving the Wildlife" a parrot rescue organization in Northbrook.

So bring your material for the sale to the hospital for donation to the sale. We will be collecting the materials the week before the yard sale at the hospital. We will be open until 4 PM the Saturday before the sale to ease the gathering of materials. We will also be at the sale at 7 AM to also ease drop off of materials.

Stop on by to find some treasures and also support a great cause. We would also appreciate any volunteers who would like to help the set up and sale as well. 

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Dr. Sakas Speaking at National Avicultural Convention July 30th

Dr. Sakas will be speaking at the American Federation of Aviculture National Convention on Thursday July 30th at 10:45 AM in the London Ballroom of the Hyatt Regency O'Hare in Rosemont. The topic will be "The Amazing Cloaca and the Fine Art of Poopology (The Importance of Dropping Evaluation).

The convention speaker schedule -http://www.afabirds.org/pdf/2015_full_schedule2.pdf

The main convention info site -
https://www.regonline.com/builder/site/?eventid=1590331

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

The Natural Dog Company Recalls Treats Over Salmonella Risk

The Natural Dog Company Recalls Treats Over Salmonella Risk
By Lauren Coffey

The Natural Dog Company, Inc. is recalling 12oz bags of 12" Tremenda Sticks over Salmonella concerns.
Updated at 3:19 PM EDT on Tuesday, Jul 21, 2015

The Natural Dog Company, Inc. is recalling some dog treats due to a possible contamination with Salmonella.

The Colorado-based company is recalling its 12oz bags of 12" Tremenda Sticks after a Colorado Department of Agriculture inspection showed a presence of Salmonella in a sample taken from one of the packages, according to the company's press release.

The Salmonella could affect the dogs as well as humans handling the treats, especially if the person did not thoroughly wash their hands after being in contact with the Tremenda Sticks.

Common symptoms in infected people with Salmonella include, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea or bloody diarrhea, abdominal cramping and fever. Consumers exhibiting those symptoms should contact their doctor. If a pet has been infected, they may become lethargic and have diarrhea or bloody diarrhea, fever, and vomiting. If a pet has consumed the recalled treats and has these symptoms, you should contact your veterinarian.

No illnesses have been reported in connection with the recalled product, the company said.
The recalled treats were distributed in California, Colorado, Florida, Illinois, Missouri, Montana,

North Carolina, Ohio, Utah, and Washington. The product comes in a 12oz bag without a lot number or expiration date with UPC number: 851265004957. Products with new packaging, which includes both a lot number and expiration date but the same UPC are not affected by this recall.

Product production has been suspended while the FDA conducts an investigation. Consumers are encouraged to return the treats to the place of purchase for a refund.

Consumers with questions may contact the company at 1-888-424-4602/

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Pet Food Company Recalls Products After Finding Listeria in Sample

Pet Food Company Recalls Products After Finding Listeria in Sample

Updated at 1:42 PM PDT on Monday, Jul 6, 2015

Pet food maker Stella & Chewy's is recalling some of its products because a routine test found Listeria in a sample of its chicken freeze-dried dinner patties for dogs.

Listeria can cause serious illness and even death in children, the frail and the elderly. Healthy people may suffer flu-like symptoms, such as high fever, headache, nausea and diarrhea.

The Milwaukee-based company said there have been no reported pet or human illnesses.
A complete list of recalled products can be found on the company's website.

Consumers can look at the lot numbers and UPC codes on their pet food to determine if their pet food is part of the recall. If they do have pet food that is part of the recall they can return it to the place of purchase for a full refund or should dispose of it.

The recalled items include some batches of the following:

Carnivore Crunch - Chicken Recipe
Carnivore Crunch - Turkey Recipe
Chalupas on Demand: Taco Bell Starting Delivery Service
Freeze-Dried Chewy's Chicken Dinner for Dogs
Freeze-Dried Chick, Chick, Chicken Dinner for Cats
Freeze-Dried Tantalizing Turkey Meal Mixers
Freeze-Dried Tummy Ticklin' Turkey Dinner for Cats
Freeze-Dried Salmon & Chicken Dinner for Cats
Frozen Duck Duck Goose Dinner Morsels for Dogs
Frozen Chewy's Chicken Dinner Morsels for Dogs
Frozen Surf 'N Turf Dinner Patties for Dogs
Frozen Chewy's Chicken Dinner Patties for Dogs

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Pet Safety During the Fourth of July

Keep your pets safe, secure for Fourth of July

If your pet had to pick a favorite time of year, it probably wouldn't be July!
Fireworks and thunderstorms can be traumatic for pets, causing many to bolt in fear and become lost. There is a 30-percent increase in the number of pets reported lost in the week surrounding the Fourth of July. The following tips from Lost Dogs Florida will help keep your dog (or cat) safe during the summer months:
 If you don't have clear, current photos of your pet, take them today. This could be the key to finding him quickly. Take photos from all angles to include his entire body, face and any unusual features.
 Have your pet microchipped. This tiny device is the size of a grain of rice, and when implanted under the skin, can be scanned by a shelter or vet clinic to provide your contact information. Keep your information up-to-date, since the chip is only as effective as the information you provide. (The City of Tallahassee Animal Service Center offers microchips for $17.20 most weekdays and $10 during special monthly clinics. Call ahead for details: 850-891-2950. You do not have to be a Leon County resident to participate.)
 Both dogs and cats (even indoor-only cats) should have a properly-fitting collar with a legible tag with your current phone number on it. This will greatly increases the likelihood your pet will be returned to you. The person who finds him will immediately be able to contact you.
 Check your fence for loose boards or openings. Can you dog get over or under? Is your gate secure? Even if your dog is normally happy in the yard he might try to escape if panicked. If your pet has to go outside during fireworks, put them on a leash — even if your yard is fenced.
 Exercise your dog during the day so he's tired when the fireworks start. A tired dog is a better- behaved dog.
 Keep your pets in the house during fireworks. Secure them in a small interior room with a radio or TV playing to drown out noise. Windows and doors should be closed, not only to keep the noise out, but to keep your pet in. Neighbors may light fireworks during the day or other nights of the week also, so be prepared.
 Use baby gates to secure doorways if you have friends or family over. Talk to your guests and small children about the importance of keeping doors and gates closed at all times.
 Talk to your veterinarian about medication to help your pet feel more comfortable during storms and fireworks.
 Leave your dog at home when attending crowded events such as parades and fireworks shows. He doesn't enjoy loud, crowded events and will be happier at home where he is safe.
Accidents happen even in the most careful homes. If your pet does escape, don't panic. Immediately place food, water and an article of clothing you have worn next to your body in the area he was last seen. The familiar scent will often lure him back home. Pets who are lost during stressful situations often don't go very far unless they're chased. They may hide for several hours or days until things quiet down and they feel safe before trying to return to the area they went missing.
 Do NOT call, chase or whistle to your dog or let others do so, which may cause him to run farther from home or even into traffic! When it becomes quiet and things calm down, he may come home on his own.
 Do NOT let people congregate in your yard or "help you search." Any commotion will scare him more.
Instead:
 Put your friends and family to work delivering fliers door-to-door in your neighborhood.
 Notify your local shelter immediately if you have lost or found a pet!
We hope these ideas help keep your pets safe this summer. 

Saturday, June 27, 2015

10 Essential Facts About Lyme Disease

10 Essential Facts About Lyme Disease

Ticks are most active from April to September, which means now is prime time for infection.

M Phillips David/Getty Images

You can’t get Lyme disease from contact with another person, only from a tick bite.

Every year, U.S. state health departments report about 30,000 cases of Lyme disease to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). But theCDC says the true number of cases in the United States could be ten times as high.
Lyme disease is transmitted to humans from tick bites. The ticks that transmit the disease are most active from April to September, which means spring and summer are the prime times for infection. With the right steps, and regular tick checks, however, you can prevent Lyme disease.
Here are 10 things you should know about this tickborne disease:
1. You can only get Lyme disease from a tick bite.
There is no evidence that Lyme disease can be transmitted from person-to-person, according to the CDC. You also can’t get Lyme disease from your dog, but your furry friend can bring ticks into your home or yard, so check your pet for ticks before letting him in the house.
2. Not all ticks carry Lyme disease.
Blacklegged ticks are the ones you need to avoid. Also known as deer ticks, these parasites spread the disease in northeastern, mid-Atlantic, and north-central states, while western blacklegged ticks transmit infection on the Pacific Coast. According to CDC data, in 2013, 95 percent of Lyme disease cases occurred in 14 states, most of which were on the East Coast.
3. You can probably remove the tick by yourself if you notice it in time. 
To remove a tick before it’s too late, you can purchase a tick removal device, but a pair of fine-tipped tweezers will do the trick. The CDC recommends that you avoid “folklore remedies,” such as painting the tick with nail polish or using heat to detach it. The goal is to remove the tick as quickly as possible after you notice it.
4. In most cases, it takes 36 to 48 hours for an infected tick to transmit Lyme disease after it attaches itself to you.
Nymphs, which are immature ticks that measure less than 2 mm in size, are theprimary transmitters of Lyme disease. Because they’re so small, nymphs can go unnoticed in difficult-to-see areas such as the scalp, armpits, and groin. Adult ticks can also transmit the disease, but because they’re bigger, many are noticed and removed before they can transmit the infection.
5. There used to be a Lyme disease vaccine, but it was discontinued in 2002.
The vaccine manufacturer said demand was insufficient, so production stopped. Because the protection given by the vaccine lessens over time, even people who received the vaccine in 2002 are no longer immune to Lyme disease.
6. The most common symptom of Lyme disease is a bullseye rash.
In 70 percent to 80 percent of infected people, the bullseye rash, also known by its technical name, erythema migrans, will appear 3 to 30 days after becoming infected. The CDC says the average time for the rash to show up is a week. As the rash spreads, parts of it might clear up, which is how the bullseye becomes evident.
But, says Phillip J. Baker, executive director of the American Lyme Disease Foundation, not all patients notice the rash, and a significant percentage will not develop a “textbook case” of the rash at all. He says other symptoms can be described as “flu-like,” and include fatigue, headache, joint swelling, and dizziness, to name a few.
7. Lyme disease is officially diagnosed with a blood test.
If done in the early stages of infection, however, most tests will come out negative. Baker says it usually takes four to five weeks for antibodies that fight Lyme disease to appear in the bloodstream, which means that anyone tested sooner may not get will not receive an accurate diagnosis.
8. Most cases of Lyme disease can be treated with antibiotics.
Marina Makous, MD, a postdoctoral research fellow at Columbia University’s Lyme and Tick-Borne Diseases Research Center, said antibiotics are effective for most cases of early Lyme disease if started in time, and the earlier the better. “It’s best if they’re started within the first two weeks,” Dr. Makous says. “But that can be difficult because tests won’t pick up on Lyme disease that early.”
9. There is controversy surrounding Lyme disease.
The CDC’s criteria for Lyme disease was established to make it easy for state departments to report cases back to the agency, Makous said. But she says it is too narrow, and doesn’t include an accurate representation of “post-treatment Lyme disease syndrome,” which the CDC says affects 10 to 20 percent of Lyme disease patients. Symptoms of post-treatment Lyme disease include extended fatigue, pain, and joint and muscle aches, according to the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID). “It can be hard to make a correct diagnosis because the symptoms are too similar to other diseases,” Baker says. However, “if people continue to have symptoms, they should persist and not give up,” says Makous, who is opening her own clinic in Exton, Pennsylvania, specifically to treat post-treatment Lyme disease syndrome.
10. You can take precautions to prevent Lyme disease.
If you’re going outdoors in a shady grassland or densely wooded area, the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease recommends wearing light-colored long-sleeved pants and shirts to make ticks easier to spot. Spray clothing with permethrin repellent, and spray DEET directly on your skin. Once inside, you should check for ticks in hairy areas of your body, and be sure to wash all clothing.

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Summertime Dangers for Pets

Watch your pets for summertime dangers

Dr. Laura Kiehnbaum

Warm weather is here, and with it comes the season for cabin time, weekends at the lake and summer vacations.
As pet owners, many of us want to experience all that summer has to offer with our animals. After all, they’re part of our families. But a few basic tips, as well as the constant need to think ahead — just as we would when vacationing with children or other family travelers — can make the difference between an outing of summer fun and a more difficult vacation experience. Here are some suggestions for successfully enjoying all that summer has to offer with our pets.
Fleas and ticks: When in the woods — or really anywhere in our region — keep your pet protected against fleas and ticks that can carry illnesses such as Lyme disease by using flea and tick preventatives or repellents during the summer. Products include collars, which can be left on for several months, as well as monthly topical treatments and oral chews.
On and around water: If your dog isn’t a swimmer, and even if he or she is, consider using a doggie personal floatation device, or life jacket. These are available at most pet stores, as well as at outdoor and general retailers. In addition to supporting your pet in the water should he or she fall overboard, pet life jackets provide an added layer of insulation against cold water and even cold air, and most dogs don’t seem to mind them. Many of these devices also have a handle on the back to easily lift your dog back into the boat or onto the dock.
Other water dangers: Lake, pond and river water can contain parasites such as Giardia and blue-green algae, which is a photosynthetic bacteria. If dogs ingest parasites such as Giardia, they can experience digestive ailments, usually first noticeable in loose stools. Blue-green algae contain toxins that can affect the liver and the neurological system. Toxins can enter the dog either from drinking water containing blue-green algae or from licking fur and skin following a swim in contaminated water.
To avoid waterborne parasites and toxins, keep your pet out of water that looks stagnant or discolored, and rinse your animal with clean water if you have any question about whether it has come in contact with contaminated water.
Watch the sun and heat: Sun and heat affect dogs and cats just as they affect people. Prolonged exposure to heat and high humidity can cause heat exhaustion, also called heat stroke. Long-haired, older and short-faced dog breeds such as pugs, as well as obese animals, are more likely to be affected by heat. Long periods of exercise also can pose a risk for heat exhaustion.
Symptoms of heat exhaustion include panting, drooling, rapid heart rate, vomiting and diarrhea, muscle tremors or seizures, dehydration and sudden lethargy. Heat exhaustion is an emergency. If you suspect this problem, seek veterinary treatment immediately.
The best way to prevent heat-related problems is to make sure your dog or cat has plenty of water and access to shade when it’s warm and humid, even on days when he or she is simply spending time in the back yard. Also remember to never leave your pet in a hot car. And consider dabbing a bit of sunscreen on the ears and snout of your dog if he or she is going along on a sunny outing. Dogs’ skin, especially in more exposed areas not fully covered by fur, can burn just like ours.
Cabin concerns: Do you use mouse or rat bait? Do your neighbors? It’s easy to forget about these products when you visit the cabin every few weeks. Mouse and rat bait causes internal bleeding, kidney failure or neurological problems. If you know or even suspect that you’re your pet has ingested mouse or rat bait, seek veterinary care for your animal as soon as possible.
Boarding during vacations: Most dog kennels require updated vaccinations for rabies and Bordetella, more commonly known as kennel cough. Talk to your boarding facility for requirements before heading out of town. Your vet usually can provide quick vaccinations if your pet is not up to date.
Summer is a fun time, and those of us with pets need to factor our animals into our travel plans, whether they are going along or staying behind in the care of others. The best advice is to think ahead about the needs of your pet, just as you would any other family member, and then take precautions to ensure the travel experience is enjoyable for everyone.