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Blame the Rats

This fall two years ago, dogs in Halifax began falling sick with liver and kidney disease. The epidemic was unprecedented in recent times. What was happening was not clear at first, but a pattern emerged, and veterinarians in HRM rapidly responded to the wave of illness. It could happen again.

Leptospirosis, commonly called “Lepto,” is a bacterial infection. Dogs can become infected through oral contamination. It usually occurs from drinking contaminated water, but can also happen by licking their feet after walking in water sources. Once infected, dogs may develop kidney disease, liver disease, or both. Infected dogs are usually quite ill, and can die if not identified and treated. It is important to know that people can, and do, get infected from their dogs.

Dogs are treated in the hospital with intravenous fluids and antibiotics. Unfortunately, testing a sick dog is not easy or fast, so the diagnosis is usually based on an index of suspicion and routine blood sample information. Specific diagnostic blood tests are sent to a regional lab and may take time to complete. If treated early, most dogs will survive. Sadly, many do not make it.

Lepto is not a new thing; it has a worldwide distribution and is most commonly seen in the fall. Fortunately, there is a vaccine that helps prevent infection. Ask your doctor if your dog needs to be vaccinated. Although not 100% effective, it is the best thing we have to prevent infection.

If you have any questions, give us a call at 902.225.7543

Written by: Dr. Kip Grasse, DVM

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COVID-19: Additional measures we are taking

Dear Clients,

Due to the close contact that our work requires, we have taken additional measures to protect you and our team while providing care for your furry family members.

The following changes are effective as of Wednesday, March 18, 2020:

1. We are currently operating a "closed-waiting room" policy to protect our clients and staff. When you arrive, please remain in your vehicle and use your cell phone to call us at 902-225-7543. We will bring your pet into the hospital for an examination with the veterinarian. The veterinarian will then call you to discuss our recommended treatment plan. After your appointment, a technician will return your pet to your car and take care of any needed medications and payment.

2. We are continuing to accept appointments for urgent or sick pets only. All other services will be scheduled for a later time.

3. With dramatically increased demand and dwindling supply, combined with supplier purchase limitations, we are experiencing unprecedented difficulties in obtaining many pet foods. Although we remain in stock of many of your favourite foods, and continue to order our daily maximum allocation, we regret that we are forced to temporarily suspend special orders. Please continue to call us and we will do our best to fill your needs with food we have in stock, but we can no longer guarantee supply on all brands. We are monitoring this situation daily and will advise when this situation has eased. At this time most drugs and over the counter products remain unaffected. For food and prescription pick ups, please call us to prepay and advise us by phone when you arrive at the hospital to pick up. We will meet you at the front of the building to deliver your order. We do also have our online store available, which can be accessed from our website by clicking the Online Store button.

4. For the time being, we are not accepting cash as payment. Credit cards and debit card payments are still available.

Online consultations are now available! If you wish to connect with a veterinarian via message, phone or video, visit our website and follow the "Online Consultation" link.

Following the recommendations of our government and medical experts, we are doing our best to practice social distancing within the constraints of our jobs. We have taken these measures to avoid both contracting and facilitating the spread of this virus.

Thank you for helping us be diligent for everyone's safety. As we have heard from all levels of government, the situation is fluid, and any updates will be provided as changes occur.

- Your dedicated team at 4 Paws 24 Hour Veterinary Hospital