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.

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01 Sep

September 27th Yappy Hour

Rosie Bunny Bean Logo

Come join us for an awesome Yappy Hour, dedicated to rockin’ your dogs look and appetite! Our sponsor Rosie Bunny Bean of Highland Park fame will have goodies for your dog, and will give tips for changing your dogs diet, and improving their coat. Join Friends of Hermon Dog Park in the membership booth too. We will have treats and refreshments for dog owners! Don’t forget we change to a Fall Yappy Hours schedule (3-5 pm), so don’t miss out!

15 Jun

Dog & Cat Vaccine Clinic – June Yappy Hour 6/29

Vaccine_Clinic_20140630At our June Yappy Hour and Dog and Cat Vaccine Clinic (June 29), Pets First Foundation partnered with FHDP to offer low cost vaccines to dogs and cats, and even microchipping. The first 25 pet owners in line received one free vaccine. 80 pets were vaccinated, and Arroyo Seco Neighborhood Council had a booth with plenty of fun freebies and dog treats. One person received a year supply of dog food from Wellness by entering their name in the opportunity drawing. A great time inside and outside the dog park was had by all.