Monthly Archives April 2015

Frequently Asked Questions: Canine Influenza Outbreak

Q: Is it safe to bring my dog to the hospital during the Influenza outbreak? A: Although we are seeing many sick pets, Blum Animal Hospital is doing everything possible to minimize the risk to healthy pets. Sick patients are being asked to wait in their vehicles until a room is available so they are not waiting in the lobby along with the other pets. Our entire hospital is being  thoroughly disinfected frequently with a bleach solution according to guidelines set by professionals. All staff members are wearing protective gear when handling sick pets to prevent becoming a fomite (a
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Tick’d Off – Lyme Disease Awareness!

According to the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA), April is Prevent Lyme Disease in Dogs month. With the warmer weather, ticks will start to emerge – knowing the symptoms of Lyme disease and understanding how to prevent it are essential to keeping our pets healthy.
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Canine Influenza Epidemic

As many of you may be aware we are in the midst of a massive and worrisome outbreak of Canine Influenza (CIV).  Although Chicago was originally introduced to this virus in 2008, this outbreak is widespread throughout all of the Chicagoland area and shows no signs of slowing down.  CIV is a unique virus in two ways:  it can affect any age or breed of dog, no matter its health status, and it has a high morbidity rate (the majority of the dogs exposed to the virus become sick).  
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