Pet health insurance

Pet health insurance works in a similar manner to human health insurance policies, in that they both include annual premiums, deductibles, co-pays and caps.

Health insurance is available for all types of pets, including dogs, cats, rabbits, ferrets, exotic birds, reptiles, potbelly pigs and various rodents.

Cost of coverage is based typically on the animal’s age, health profile and the level of care you choose. Generally, older animals cost more to cover—and some companies have age limits. Also there may be exclusions for pre-existing conditions, and some insurers may not cover certain breeds that are prone to hereditary conditions (e.g. hip dysplasia).

Tuesday, September 25, 2018

What is Canine Flu?

 Canine Flu

Part 1

Apparently, this is considered a new disease that has been discovered recently. The actual truth is that this canine / feline flu has been present for many years and is only now being recognized. These flu viruses have been present for many years. As a veterinarian being in practice for over 40 years, I have seen flu like signs in dogs and cats for over 40 years..

The clinical signs may vary from a digestive tract involvement causing vomiting and diarrhea to a viral respiratory infection causing slightly roughened lung sounds referred to as increasedvesicular sounds bilaterally.

The fact that the flu has not been diagnosed until now, does not mean that it not has been present.

Over the years, the flu virus that did occur, often developed in house hold pets a week later.

It has never been shown that there is a vertical transmission from people to animals. But the interesting thing that I have observed is, that

when there is an environmental change in day time and night time temperatures of more than 30 degrees, people and animals often develop the flu. Is it an environmental stress and not totally contagious?

Why then do people and animals contract the flu when they are never exposed to another subject?

Have you ever eaten a bad meal and in the morning awakened with a sore throat and a runny nose?

Where do you think this came from?

Part 2 in next post