Important Information for Owners

What month is it?

 It’s National Dental Month. We offer a 20% discount on the dental cleaning only. Appointments fill up fast, so don’t delay calling for an appointment. This discount saves you approximately $50.00 to $60.00. This discount excludes: extractions, blood-work, dental x-rays, and any other services that are needed. We strongly recommend that pre-anesthetic blood work be performed before we administer anesthesia. This can be done as a technician appointment before the day of the dental cleaning, or we can do it in house the day of the appointment. Dental cleaning is important for all pets. If there is infection in the mouth it can affect other organs in the body. Your pet can’t tell you they are in pain. Don’t delay make an appointment now. PLVH 615-361-4646

What Is Canine Flu?

The dog flu, or Canine Influenza Virus (CIV H3N2 or H3N8), is a highly contagious infection caused by an influenza virus and is transmitted by aerosolized respiratory secretions — think coughing and sneezing.

Causes: How Does A Dog Get The Flu?

Dog influenza can also be transmitted between dogs via contaminated objects such as food and water bowls, collars, leashes, toys, bedding, and through nose-to-nose contact between dogs.

The virus is able to live on surfaces for up to 48 hours, on clothing for 24 hours and on hands for up to 12 hours.

What Dogs Are At Risk Of The Flu?

Dogs that are most susceptible to infection are those that spend a good deal of time around many other dogs during boarding, day care or play time at the dog park.

Dog Flu Symptoms

“Most infected dogs have mild clinical symptoms and it can be very hard to distinguish from other forms of canine infectious respiratory disease complex (CIRD), a common type of kennel cough,” says Carrie Jelovich, DVM. So if your dog shows any of these symptoms, visit your veterinarian so they can test to confirm whether or not your dog has Canine Influenza H3N2.

Canine Flu Symptoms May Include:

  • Persistent cough
  • Nasal discharge – not just your dog’s normal wet nose
  • Fever
  • Eye discharge – look for goopy, mucus-like discharge or a noticeable increase if your dog normally has eye discharge
  • Reduced appetite
  • Reduced activity, lethargy

It’s important to recognize the symptoms of dog flu so you can seek treatment for your pet quickly.

Treating Dog Flu

The flu needs to run its course (15-30 days for mild cases). Treatment for canine flu is mostly supportive: fluids, rest and cough medicine prescribed by your vet. (Please don’t give human meds to dogs.) Very severe cases may require hospitalization or more intensive therapies.

Preventing Dog Flu

You may notice warning signs about the canine flu popping up at doggie daycares, boarding facilities, dog parks, veterinarian’s offices and even dog-friendly businesses. And for good reason: prevention is the best cure.

Here’s what you can do to help keep your pup from catching the bug and control the outbreak:

  • Stay home! Don’t you get annoyed when someone shows up to work hacking and sneezing all over the place? The same applies here: if your pooch is showing symptoms of dog flu, or has been diagnosed with canine influenza, keep them home and away from other dogs until they’re well. For the time being, you may want to limit your dog’s contact with other canines and avoid places where canine flu has been reported.
  • Speak up! If you absolutely must bring your dog to daycare or a boarding facility, ask if they’ve had any cases of dog flu and what they’re doing to prevent it from spreading. And visit your vet a few weeks prior to travel to determine whether the vaccine is a good option.
  • Wash your paws! If you can’t help petting every dog you see, wash up well before you spread the love – and the virus – to your own dog


Pro-heart has arrived to Priest Lake! Pro-heart is a 6 month injectable heartworm preventative. Rather than having to remember to give Fluffy his prevention every month, you can come visit us and get a quick shot that will take care of him for half of the year! A study performed on a sample of 374 client-owned dogs proved that Pro-heart is just as effective as oral heartworm prevention. Out of the 3.5 million doses sold between 2008 and 2013, less than 0.05% of cases reported reactions. We just need to make sure we have an updated heartworm test on file for your pet before we can administer the shot. Call us today with questions and price inquisitions! (615) 361-4646.

Heartworm Disease

Serious and fatal disease caused by parasite Dirofilaria immitis, spread by mosquitos.
Worms that live in the lungs and heart that cause severe lung disease, heart failure, and organ damage.
Any dog or cat is susceptible to this parasite, even if they are indoor only.
Treatment is costly and hard on the pet (strict cage rest, no exercising)
Test animals yearly and keep on monthly prevention (monthly chewable or topical medication available only through your veterinarian)
Test is done through the blood: we take a little blood sample and look for worms in the blood. Testing is done to ensure that the product is working. Even if you skip one month or give it late your pet can become infected.

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Canine Influenza
Highly contagious viral disease affecting both dogs and cats.
As of May 2017, K9 Influenza was diagnosed in Tennessee, Kentucky, Missouri, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Texas, Florida, and Louisiana.
Transmitted through aerosol and respiratory secretions. Barking, coughing, sneezing. Animals in close quarters such as boarding, grooming, and day care facilities are at risk.
All dogs exposed to the flu will become infected, with 80% of animals showing clinical signs. 1 out of every 10 dogs who develop symptoms will pass away from the disease.
There is no "season" for the disease, it can occur any time of year.
A vaccine is available. Vaccination can reduce the risk of contracting the disease. It can also reduce the severity and duration of illness.

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Canine Distemper
MARCH 2018: "NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WRKN) - Metro Animal Care and Control has issued a warning for dog owners to be aware of sick raccoons in Davidson County.  The shelter reported seeing a dramatic increase in sick raccoons with Canine Distemper. "
Contagious and serious disease that attacks the respiratory, gastrointestinal, and nervous systems.
Distemper is often fatal.
Vaccination is available and very effective. The vaccination also covers the deadly Parvovirus.

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Grain Free Diets

Grain free diets seem to be the new rage lately, but contrary to popular opinion, they may not be the best food for your pet. In July 2018, the FDA announced that it had begun investigating reports of canine dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM) in dogs eating certain pet foods, many labeled as "grain-free," which contained a high proportion of peas, lentils, other legume seeds (pulses), and/or potatoes in various forms (whole, flour, protein, etc.) as main ingredients (listed within the first 10 ingredients in the ingredient list, before vitamins and minerals). Dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM) is a type of canine heart disease that affects the heart muscle. The hearts of dogs with DCM have a decreased ability to pump blood, which often results in congestive heart failure. The illnesses can be severe, even fatal, and many cases report eating “grain-free” labeled pet food. 

Sixteen brands of dog food may be associated with a heightened risk of heart failure in dogs, according to the Food and Drug Administration. 

The brands are ordered by the number of cases linked to them, which ranged from a high of 67 to 10:

  • Acana
  • Zignature
  • Taste of the Wild
  • 4Health
  • Earthborn Holistic
  • Blue Buffalo
  • Nature’s Domain
  • Fromm
  • Merrick
  • California Natural
  • Natural Balance
  • Orijen
  • Nature’s Variety
  • NutriSource
  • Nutro
  • Rachael Ray Nutrish

As the FDA further researches the affects of grain-free diets, it is best to avoid grain-free diets entirely unless your veterinarian places your pet on a specific diet regimen.




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