Shelters First

Shelters First is an awareness campaign, created to encourage people to find their next pet at a shelter. Our primary goal is to increase awareness of all the wonderful pets that are available at shelters. Shelters First is sponsored by the shelters of Silicon Valley, California – but the message is vital to people and animals across the United States.

A black and white cat and excited Pomeranian encourage engagement with Home for the Holidays.

Protecting Pets from Canine Influenza Virus H3N2 (CIV)

You may have heard on news reports that there have been multiple cases of Canine Influenza Virus H3N2 (CIV) in the South Bay. There are doggie day care centers that have shut down, and veterinary clinics that are treating confirmed cases. CIV is a very contagious disease that, while treatable, can pose a serious health risk to individual animals.

What Do I Need To Know?

The most common symptoms are coughing, sneezing, nasal discharge, lethargy, loss of appetite, fever. Some more severe cases may progress to pneumonia and require hospitalization. If your dog shows any of these symptoms, take them to your veterinarian immediately, and do not let them interact with other dogs for at least thirty days from the onset of the symptoms. View this brochure with more information and what precautions you should take with your own pets. You should also consult your veterinarian if you have specific questions.

What Do I Need To Do?

There is a vaccine for the virus, and Humane Society Silicon Valley (HSSV) will be offering low cost vaccinations on a walk-in basis at their Animal Community Center in Milpitas (901 Ames Avenue) starting Monday, 1/15/18. See HSSV’s Medical Center hours.

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