13 Apr

Canine Influenza Notice

From LA Animal Services:

Los Angeles, April 10, 2017 – Recently, LA County Veterinary Public Health reported the presence of multiple dogs imported from Asia by a Rescue group infected with Canine Influenza (H3N2). All of the dogs are currently in quarantine and thus far, there have been no further reports of ongoing infections.

Canine Influenza (H3N2) is a highly contagious upper respiratory viral disease in dogs (and can infect cats as well). The majority of infected dogs exhibit a cough that persists for 10 to 21 days despite treatment with antibiotics and cough suppressants. Affected dogs may have a soft, moist cough or a dry cough similar to that induced by kennel cough. Nasal and/or ocular discharge, sneezing, lethargy and anorexia may also be observed. Many dogs develop a purulent nasal discharge and fever (104-105 degrees Fahrenheit). A small percentage of infected dogs may develop a severe pneumonia and require extensive hospitalization.

The virus is spread via coughing, barking and sneezing, as well as contaminated objects (kennel surfaces, food and water bowls, collars and leashes). The virus can remain alive and able to infect other animals on surfaces for up to 48 hours, on clothing for 24 hours, and on hands for 12 hours.

Cats infected with H3N2 display signs of upper respiratory disease, including nasal discharge, congestion, malaise, lip smacking and excessive salivation.

The keys to preventing the spread of canine influenza H3N2 virus include:

  • Vaccination against canine influenza (requires 2 vaccinations, 2-4 weeks apart)
  • Isolation of sick animals for 3 weeks
  • Frequent cleaning and disinfection in pet boarding facilities, grooming salons and veterinary practices, with written protocols and policies for maintaining infection control
  • Frequent hand washing by animal owners and handlers
  • Not sharing equipment or toys between healthy and sick animals.

Veterinary Public Health recommends that dogs that interact with other dogs should be vaccinated against canine influenza.

Information about Los Angeles County cases of canine influenza H3N2 are available on LA Veterinary Public Health website and will be updated as reports are received: publichealth.lacounty.gov/vet/InfluenzaCanineH3N2.htm.

LAAS Media Contact: Sara Ebrahimi, (213) 482-9551 or sara.ebrahimi@lacity.org

Also see http://losangeles.cbslocal.com/2017/04/12/dog-flu-la-county/

04 Feb

Community Pet Fair at Hermon Dog Park 2/11/17

Pet Fair Flyer

***RAIN OR SHINE***  Join us on Saturday, Feb 11 when Best Friends Animal Society presents a Community Pet Fair at Hermon Dog Park with discounted pet adoption, microchipping and vaccinations, free samples, pet services info and more.

BRING YOUR PETS! FREE ADMISSION!

  • Discounted Vaccinations: $10 Rabies, $15 others
  • Discounted Microchipping: $15
  • Information on Free Spay/Neuter for all
  • Fun romp in the Dog Park (one side for large dogs and one for small/shy dogs)

WHEN: Saturday, February 11 from 11am to 4pm

WHERE: 5568 Via Marisol (go to the end of the parking lot past the tennis courts – just outside the dog park) For map and directions, click here.

Bring your pets! (Dogs on leash, cats in carriers)

Sponsored by State Assemblymember Jimmy Gomez, District 51 and City
Councilmember Jose Huizar, Council District 14.

SEE PHOTOS ON FACEBOOK

01 Oct

HOWL-oween Dog Costume Contest – October 25th (3-5 pm)

Hermon Dog Park HOWL-oween Dog Costume Contest

Snakes, Bats and witches galore… Let’s see what this Halloween has in store!  Bring yourself, family and pets over to our Spooktacular Event!

Dog costume contest at Hermon Dog ParkThe doggie social event of the year! Our 10th Annual HOWL-oween brings out smiles as our furry friends dress up as superheroes, ghosts, and sometimes a different animal altogether. 15 winners will be crowned, and all winners will receive a gift bag and a gift card from Petco (www.petco.com)! Two Peanut-Butter Lick-Off winners (Small and large dogs) will be awarded as well. Entry fee is $1 for FHDP Members, and $5 per entry for non-members. Get your pet’s costume ready, here are the categories:

Best Homemade (Sm.& Lrg.)
Scariest (Sm.& Lrg.)
Funniest (Sm.& Lrg.)
Best Profession (Sm.& Lrg.)
Best TV or Movie Character (Sm.& Lrg.)
Judge’s Choice (Sm., Lrg.,Team)
Best Pack (Team of Dogs dressed similarly or same theme)
Best Team (Must be Human and Dog dressed similarly)

Please be at the park at 3:00 pm to register your costumed pet, at 3:45 pm we will hold the Peanut Butter Lick-off Contest (in both the small and large side),at 4:00 pm the dogs will walk down the Ruff-way. Prizes will be given at 5:00 pm.  To get some ideas for costumes, check out our past HOWL-oween photos.