About the FDA's Investigation into Grain-Free Diets
We'd like to address recent inquiries regarding the US Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) investigation into certain pet foods and a potential link to heart disease.
Unfortunately, a concrete cause has not yet been established because the potential association between diet and heart disease is complex and likely involves numerous factors.
About Hill's Pet Food Recall
Hill’s Pet Nutrition recently put out a voluntary recall on their canned food products due to potentially elevated levels of vitamin D. Although animals benefit from vitamin D, ingesting too much of it can lead to potential health issues. Luckily, in most cases, complete recovery is expected after discontinuation of the canned food.
Hill’s is working in coordination with the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to get the affected products recalled. As of right now, the recall only extends to canned food and does not apply to dry food, cat food, or other treats.
We've Updated Our Lyme Vaccine
To better protect your dog against Lyme disease, we are now carrying the newest, most comprehensive vaccine called Vanguard crLyme.
This vaccine is unlike any other on the market, which is why any dog that has been vaccinated against Lyme disease previously will require an initial series of two vaccinations, followed by a yearly booster vaccine.
Please call us today at (973) 467-1700 to schedule your dog's vaccination and ensure your pet gets the best protection available.
Protect Your Pet from Leptospirosis
Leptospirosis is a disease caused by infection with Leptospira bacteria. These bacteria can be found worldwide in soil and in water. There are many strains of Leptospira bacteria that can cause disease. It is a zoonotic disease, which means it can be spread from animals to people.
Dogs can become infected and develop leptospirosis if their mucous membranes (or skin with any wound, such as a cut or scrape) come into contact with infected urine, urine-contaminated soil, water, food or bedding; through a bite from an infected animal; by eating infected tissues or carcasses; and rarely, through breeding. It can also be passed through the placenta from the mother dog to the puppies.
Reducing your dog’s exposure to possible sources of the Leptospira bacteria can reduce its chances of infection. Annual vaccination is recommended for at-risk dogs. At Millburn Veterinary Hospital, we offer a vaccine that effectively prevents the disease and protect dogs for at least 12 months.
Protect your pet today. Call us at (973) 467-1700 to check your dog's vaccination status.
Updated Canine Influenza Vaccines
For maximum protection for your pet, we are now carrying the newest Canine Influenza vaccines that cover the most common strains of the virus.
Call us at (973) 467-1700 to check your pet’s vaccination status. If your dog has already had a physical exam recently, we can schedule a technician appointment to administer the vaccines.
We recommend that high-risk dogs (see below) be vaccinated with the current vaccines as soon as possible, in an effort to give them the most effective protection against the virus. Dogs getting the vaccines for the first time must receive a booster three weeks later, even if they have previously received the older Influenza vaccine. After the initial series, the vaccine is given annually.
What Is Canine Influenza?
Canine Influenza is a highly contagious respiratory virus that can cause severe disease and even death in extreme cases. We have recently seen a spike in the number of dogs in the area that have been exposed to the virus.