|What’s going on at EAH?|
|The Canine Influenza (CI)- what you need to know!|
Everyone is talking about it and it’s all over the news – It’s the canine flu. What’s it all about? Is your dog safe? Should you be concerned?
First, we will provide you with a great link from the American Veterinary Medical Association – this clearly outlines all you need to know – https://www.avma.org/KB/
Next, please know that our veterinarians are discussing the status of the canine influenza on a regular basis, ensuring that our patients remain safe.
Most cases have been diagnosed in the midwest area of the US, and while two cases have been diagnosed in Georgia, as of now no cases of CI have been diagnosed in either South or North Carolina.
Symptoms of CI usually begin much like they would for a cold or flu in humans – a cough, sneezing, lethargy, inappetance, etc, so it’s important to have your pet seen by one of our veterinarians sooner rather than later if you have concerns. For most patients, treating these symptoms alleviates the issue. However, for patients that are very young, older, or have compromised immune systems, symptoms may linger or develop into more persistent problems such as pneumonia. Although fatalities from CI are relatively uncommon, they can occur in the more advanced stages of the illness.
Please be aware that we still strongly recommend the bordetella vaccine for any dogs who will be coming into contact with other dogs at any point. Although this vaccine will not protect against CI, it does protect against the highly contagious respiratory disease known as kennel cough.
Although the current strain of CI is likely NOT covered by the current flu vaccine available, we will still be offering the vaccine at EAH for those clients who are particularly concerned. Studies will be revealed in coming months as to whether there is any efficacy against the current strain in the currently available vaccination – we will let ou know once this information is available. Please note that to be eligable for the vaccine, all canines must be a current patient of EAH, be generally healthy, and must NOT be exhibiting any symptoms of respiratory issues.
|Upcoming EAH Community Projects and Events!|
June 6th, 2015
EAH’s 3rd Annual Charity Dog Wash!
For the past few years, volunteer staff members of EAH have set aside time on a Saturday to bathe dirty dogs and raise money for charity. We are excited to say that we will be doing it again this year!
Bring your dog out to EAH from 9am-2pm on Saturday, June 6th for our 3rd Annual Charity Dog Wash. 100% of proceeds will benefit Project Safe Pet’s Community Spay/Neuter program.
We can’t wait to see you there!
During the month of July, we would love to encourage each of you to give back to your community on a daily basis- and you can do that by shopping on Amazon!
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To learn more about AmazonSmile, please visit www.amazonsmile.com . It costs you nothing and helps support a cause important to you.
Back to School donation drive!
The new school year is just around the corner… and some children in our area won’t have the supplies needed to get off on the right foot. Please bring new school supplies by our hospital during the month of August. Donations will go to the Rock Hill Children’s Attention Home
|EAH Highlighted Staff Member – Susie!
Susie worked in veterinary medicine earlier in life, took some time off, and then joined the Ebenezer team in 2006 to get back in touch with her love of the veterinary field. Susie finds her relationships with our clients and patients the most rewarding aspect of her career, and that shows in her daily interactions with everyone in the EAH family. “Watching our patients grow, and growing with them, makes them a part of my personal family.”
Outside of work, Susie has plenty to keep her busy! She enjoys gardening flowers and plants, sewing, visiting her children and seven grandchildren, and traveling! Her favorite travel destinations have been Switzerland and the beach!
Next time you are at EAH, please take a moment to say hello and get to know Susie!