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H3N2 Canine Influenza Virus

Statement from the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine Regarding Canine Influenza H3N2:

UF College of Veterinary Medicine officials have confirmed more than one dozen cases of canine influenza A virus, a.k.a. “dog flu.” The first twelve dogs tested have been confirmed with the strain of influenza A known as H3N2 CIV. Dogs testing positive for the H3N2 strain were either at the Perry, Georgia dog show May 19-21 or the Deland, Florida dog show the following weekend, or were exposed to dogs who were present at these shows. This is the same strain responsible for the severe outbreak of canine influenza in Chicago in 2015.

Veterinarians in central and north Florida are treating many dogs that are suspected to have dog flu. All dogs being treated are in stable condition. Common symptoms of dog flu include sneezing, nasal discharge and frequent coughing. If your dog exhibits any of these symptoms, please call your pet’s veterinarian before taking your pet in for treatment.

There is no evidence that H3N2 canine influenza virus infects humans. Information for pet owners and for veterinarians is available on the UF Veterinary Hospitals website at

Pet Owners H3N2 CIV FAQ PDF

Homemade Kitten Formula

Step 1homemade-kitten-formula

  • 2 cups water
  • 2 packet of Knox gelatin
  • (Melt together in microwave.)

Step 2


  • 1 can evaporated milk
  • 4 Tbs plain yogurt
  • 1/3 cup baby rice cereal
  • 4 Tabs mayo
  • 1 tsp Karo syrup
  • 1 can goat’s milk
  • 2 egg yolks

Keep refrigerated. Can be frozen and thawed for use as needed.




Steve Dale: Ticks are here!

Ticks are everywhere, which means tick disease is everywhere. In fact, veterinary parasitologist Dr. Michael Dryden of Kansas State University College of Veterinary Medicine calls tick disease an “epidemic.” Tick disease in dogs is a sentinel for people. If your veterinarians report Lyme (and other tick diseases) where you are, then those same diseases are occurring in people too. First step, TEST your dog for tick disease (there is an easy test for Lyme and various other diseases), then talk with your veterinarian about protection, which may include the vaccine for Lyme disease. Remember, if your dog is diagnosed with tick disease, it’s likely a person was on the other end of that leash. It might not be a bad idea to see your doctor, or for children to see a pediatrician.

If you have any questions or concerns, you should always visit or call your veterinarian — they are your best resource to ensure the health and well-being of your pets.

How to make a pig board

These clients made a pig board and it was great for dealing with their pig!

Small Business Saturday

The Bottom Line: Department of Business and Professional Regulation

Dear friends,

The busiest shopping period of the year is here, and many of us will likely partake in some of the deals advertised during major shopping days like Black Friday and Cyber Monday. Big box retail shops and e-commerce stores will have a flood of discounts for holiday shoppers who make purchases from their business on these days, but there’s another annual shopping tradition that I firmly believe in, and that’s Small Business Saturday.

Small Business Saturday, celebrated on November 29, 2014 this year, is a day for us to celebrate and help support our small businesses statewide. This includes our locally owned and operated retail stores, the ‘Mom and Pop’ restaurant down the street and any other small shops in your area. As the regulator for several businesses and professions in Florida, I encourage everyone to take part in Small Business Saturday this year and give a fair chance to the local businesses in your area.

Following the Thanksgiving Holiday, Small Business Saturday is a day to shop small and support your neighborhood friends and families. By choosing to shop local on Small Business Saturday, you’re helping your community’s economy and supporting your neighbors’ hopes of achieving their version of the American Dream.

Ken Lawson, Secretary
Department of Business and Professional Regulation

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