Thursday, April 28, 2011
MC Humane Society gets grant to vaccine dogs for influenza
Marshall County Humane Society, Inc, Holly Springs, now has help in protecting dogs against canine influenza virus (CIV), a highly contagious disease that spreads easily from dog to dog, especially those in close proximity.
The shelter received a grant for the vaccines as part of a Petfinder.com Foundation program to build community immunity against this respiratory infection.
The foundation partnered with Intervet/ Schering-Plough Animal Health, a global animal health company and makers of the NOBIVAC(r) Canine Flu H3N8 vaccine, to fund the grant.
Because CIV is relatively new, most dogs have not built up an immunity to the disease. Dogs can get the disease by being exposed to those that have it, as well as playing with toys or drinking from bowls used by other dogs. People can also unwittingly spread the germ if they come in contact with infected dogs.
“Shelters and rescue organizations are often the first places that new diseases already in the community become evident. Dogs come in from the community and are released back into it, and often move to and from states with confirmed cases,” said Liz Neuschatz, director of the Petfinder.com Foundation.
“Canine flu can be a real problem for shelters, where one sick dog can cause an outbreak through an entire facility. We are pleased to be part of this effort to help protect the community by providing canine flu vaccine to Marshall County Humane Society, Inc.”
Dog flu is a growing problem throughout the U.S. It has been confirmed in 35 states so far, but tracking the disease is hard because it is so difficult to diagnose.
Dogs are contagious before they show any symptoms. By the time the dog starts coughing, it’s too late. Virtually all dogs exposed to the virus will become infected, and some will get more serious infections, such as pneumonia, which can be fatal.
Dogs that go to doggie daycare, boarding facilities, groomers and shows and are vaccinated for canine cough (Bordetella) are also at risk for canine flu. Information about canine flu is available at www.doginfluenza.com.
The grant for Building Community Immunity seeks to protect all at-risk dogs in the community, including those in close proximity with other dogs, as is the case with shelters and rescue facilities.
It also provides greater assurance to adopting families that their new pets will be healthier and much less likely to be sick or get more serious, and sometimes fatal, infections. The grant further links Petfinder.com member shelter and rescue grant recipients with local veterinarians to protect all adoptable dogs in their care.
The program promotes veterinary visits for wellness exams and, when appropriate, the second dose administration of Nobivac Canine Flu vaccine.
Pages from the Past
10 Years Ago - April 26, 2001
Census result causes Social Security office move
The change in population is causing a big change and the move of the Social Security office in Holly Springs to a more centrally located office. The office will stay on Hwy. 78 so travel will still be easy for Marshall County residents.
Kentucky couple wins Hometown Retirement contest
Don and Sandi Hoffman of Lexington, Ky. were treated to a vacation Holly Springs style April 20-22, as winners of the Hometown Retirement contest sponsored by the Holly Springs Chamber of Commerce and the state Hometown Retirement program.
25 Years Ago - April 24, 1986
Maurey takes city building
During this year, two new industries will begin operations in Holly Springs and will add 100 new jobs immediately. Maurey Manufacturing Co., a Chicago-based producer of industrial, commercial and agricultural pulleys committed in November to buy the city’s new 41,000 square foot “spec” building in the Industrial Park. Last week, Gay Toys announced it will be moving next door to Maurey on a five-acre site.
48th annual Pilgrimage
An outstanding collection of antebellum homes will be open to view in historic Holly Springs April 25-27. The second oldest pilgrimage in the state, the Holly Springs Pilgrimage has been selected as one of 1985’s “Top 20 Events in the South.”
50 Years Ago - April 27, 1961
Surfaced roads to Wurlitzer plant
Surfacing of the road that will connect the new Wurlitzer plant with Mississippi Hwy. 7, north of Holly Springs is underway by State Highway Department highway personnel. The State Highway Commission authorized the expenditure of $13,705 for the project, which will afford access to the important new north Mississippi industry. Work began April 17.
Kitty Kelly appears at L&M Saturday
Kitty Kelly, star of the Early Morning and Early Evening shows on Channel 3 will be at the L&M Food Store, Sat., April 29. She is holding a “Promotion” and urges everyone to attend.
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