|04-17-2014 11:51 PM|
interesting information re - Strep zoo and evolving genetics of parvo and even behaviour Deadly bacterium strikes shelter dogs - DVM
Deadly bacterium strikes shelter dogs - DVM
strep is scary stuff How Harmless Bacteria Quickly Turned Into a Flesh-Eating Monster
|04-17-2014 10:27 PM|
If anyone cares to get back to whether this "new" strain is actually parvo or not, I'd like to know if any of the rescues there have run necropsy tests for Strep Zoo.
The symptoms (coughing -- mucous -- blood) make me wonder whether it may be a "strep zoo" outbreak, which seems to run as a secondary infection to kennel cough in some but not all dogs in exposed kennels. Our shelter had an outbreak of strep zoo last year -- LSU vet school figured out what it was and confirmed it through necropsy, and tested antibiotics on it to see what would work. It was lethal, contagious, and nasty--dogs crash quickly, with lots of bloody mucous. I recall hearing from the vet staff that injectable Batril was the only thing that seemed to work to save the dogs that survived.
It's very, very rare -- there was an outbreak in New York somewhere too. I almost wonder if that's what's popping up.
|04-17-2014 09:48 PM|
|Kris L. Christine||
Just went through some of my material & found this Q&A with Dr. Dodds that seems particularly pertinent to this thread.
Q&A with Dr. Dodds: What should I do to protect my adult dogs during a Parvovirus
Dr. Jean Dodds' Pet Health Resource Blog | Q&A with Dr. Dodds: What should I do to protect my adult dogs during a Parvovirus outbreak?
Question: I was told there is an outbreak of the Parvovirus in Pennsylvania. I haven’t vaccinated my adult dogs in years. I was told by a friend to do 3 sets of vaccines on adults to help in the event of Parvo. I am concerned to do that. What is your recommendation? Thanks so much for your time and help.
Dr. Dodds: Oh, my – that is overkill – every time you give a properly vaccinated adult dog another MLV canine parvovirus vaccine – especially if they are already immunized (protected), the vaccine can temporarily neutralize and reduce the existing antibody level for several days until the vaccine stimulates another immune response (in 3-10 days). It also takes three days, if you vaccinate a dog with MLV canine parvovirus vaccine when they have been exposed to the native live virus, before any protection will develop. [This is unlike canine distemper virus where native live virus exposure and simultaneous vaccination with MLV distemper vaccine will mount protection immediately.]
So, over-vaccinating well-immunized dogs because of fear of parvovirus disease with regional outbreaks (they are happening everywhere now with the virulent parvo2-c strain) can leave them more vulnerable to the live native virus. Realistic and safe options are: 1) measure parvovirus vaccine (can measure distemper titer at the same time for equal price; ~ $45-50) titers now on adult dogs; or, 2) give them just one booster of parvovirus only (e.g. NeoPar by NeoTech, available in single or more doses from Revival Animal Health, among other sources).
Best for the Holidays! Jean Dodds, DVM
W. Jean Dodds, DVM
Hemopet / NutriScan
11561 Salinaz Avenue
Garden Grove, CA 92843
|04-17-2014 09:30 AM|
|Kris L. Christine||
Here's a link to the Kansas State University Lab with testing fee schedule: Rabies Laboratory and the fee schedule for testing at Hemopet Hemopet .
|04-15-2014 08:35 PM|
|jocoyn||I did mine as an add on for my yearly panels and I think they were $45 each. I did not do the rabies titer but one is available through Antech which is the lab group my vet uses. Pricing is not on the Antech web page but they offer a lot of different tests.|
|04-15-2014 07:27 PM|
When I checked with my vet is pricey like that too for titer tests.
Maybe Kris will have some more information on the rabies titer, I've never checked into it.
|04-15-2014 07:14 PM|
|04-15-2014 06:21 PM|
HeidiGSD I'm quoting this link about less expensive titer tests that Kris shared up earlier in this thread. The expense was a problem but with these tests it should help.....
|04-15-2014 05:16 PM|
|04-15-2014 05:11 PM|
|Gwenhwyfair||Thanks for the additional information jocoyn!|
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