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Canine Influenza Outbreak Chicago

As you many have seen or heard, we are currently experiencing a massive and worrisome outbreak of Canine Influenza (CIV). Although Chicago was originally introduced to this virus in 2008, this outbreak is widespread throughout all of the Chicago land area and shows no signs of slowing down.

CIV is a unique virus in two ways: it can affect any age or breed of dog, no matter its health status, and it has a high morbidity rate (the majority of the dogs exposed to the virus become sick). Please note the following important information about CIV: Canine Influenza virus is highly contagious and can live on fabrics for up to 24 hours and on hard surfaces for 48 hours. (more…)

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AKC Announces Most Popular Breeds

For the 24th consecutive year, the Labrador Retriever is big dog on the American Kennel Club’s list of most-popular U-S breeds. That’s the longest reign of any breed in the history of the AKC, which was founded in 1884.

Labradors are also among the most popular working dogs for search and rescue, guide and therapy work and hunting. They were initially bred to fetch game but they’re also sensitive family companions.  According to the AKC, Labs “make an excellent family companion with a natural tendency to form strong bonds with kids, an easy-to-care-for coat and minimal exercise needs.” The breed made it to the AKC top spot in the 1970’s and has been there ever since. (more…)

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National Black Dog Day is October 1st

It may sound silly but black dogs are the least adoptable pets in shelters, simply because of their color. Why is this stigma attached to them? Experts point to several factors, including a general fear of black dogs because of a perception that they look intimidating. When asked, people also say black dogs don’t photograph well, are hard to see at night, and yes, unbelievably, that they are unlucky (like black cats).

This silly and untrue stigma contributes to a very real and sad fact: black dogs are the first to be euthanized because they can’t be adopted and they’re the last to find forever homes – if they ever do. (more…)

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Feature: Mass Vaccinations Could Eradicate Rabies

Rabies experts and doctors have a plan that could eliminate the disease, which kills tens of thousands of people worldwide each year. The plan calls for mass vaccinations of dogs–something that’s already been tested successfully in Latin America, parts of Africa and Southeast Asia.

“There is now convincing evidence that vaccination of dogs would eliminate greater than 98 percent of the rabies health burden globally,” says veterinarian Guy Palmer, an infectious disease specialist, who’s been conducting research on rabies and vaccination programs for nearly 20 years. “If we can get around 60% we can actually control a disease outbreak. We don’t need to vaccinate every dog. We need to vaccinate somewhere around 60%.” (more…)