Activ4Vets, sister company to Activ4Pets, LLC Launches Veterinarian Relief Staffing Service and Platform to Assist Vet Practices and Veterinarians Expand their Business and Provide Better Care

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New Relief staffing service offers traditional and virtual veterinary staffing services to maximize clinic time, service, and revenue.
LOS ANGELES, CA. March 1, 2017 – Activ4Vets, providers of veterinary relief staffing services, introduces three comprehensive solutions for veterinary staffing and consultation needs; Traditional Relief Vet Staffing, Online Relief Vet Solutions and Peer-to-Peer Specialty Consults. With the number of pet owners growing yearly, and pet parents becoming increasingly engaged with their pet’s ongoing health and wellbeing, veterinary advice and support services are in high demand both offline and online. Activ4Vets traditional vet relief staffing and virtual online services provide innovative solutions that allow veterinarians to get the staffing support they need to reach more clients, offer more flexible times, and increase the services they offer.
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Dog Flu: The Importance of Vaccinating Your Pets

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Did you know dogs can get the flu, too? Yes, just like their owners, dogs can contract influenza causing similar symptoms. Canine influenza is a relatively new virus, having only developed in the last 12 years. But it’s becoming a growing concern.
These days most pet diseases are prevented with vaccination and it’s easy to take the wonder of immunity for granted. Basically, immunity can be summed up with one word: “prevention”. From a veterinarian’s perspective, it is always easier to prevent a disease rather than treat it. Vaccines stimulate your pet’s own immune system to make antibodies which provide long term protection from various infectious diseases. These are usually in the form of an injection, though some nasal alternatives are now available.
Our pets start their vaccination programs early on (usually at around 7 weeks of age) to prevent a number of diseases, and these vaccines work very well.
Commonly recommended canine vaccines include: rabies, distemper, parvo, Hepatitis, bordetella, leptospirosis, dog flu, Lyme, and parainfluenza.
If you’re skeptical about how pets contract diseases and viruses, it’s surprisingly easy. Domestic pets are social creatures for the most part. Dogs often come into direct contact with other canines when they visit dog parks or doggie day cares, and we all know they enjoy a good sniff (in some very choice places) during their daily walks where sick dogs may have visited. With all this potential contact, there are countless opportunities for viruses to be transmitted from one animal to the next. Throw in the interactions at boarding, grooming and at the vet’s office and it’s virtually impossible for pet owners to prevent their dogs coming into contact with germs.
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Unfortunately, there are some extremely unpleasant bugs out there. Which brings us back to prevention – as opposed to treatment. It’s far more beneficial to have a population of vaccinated animals. You’d hate for your beloved pet to get sick unnecessarily, wouldn’t you?
2015’s outbreak of the newest strain of canine influenza, H3N2 demonstrated just how quickly viruses can spread. Thousands of animals contracted CIV H3N2 dog flu in the Midwest during the original outbreak, and less than one year, this new flu strain was confirmed over half the country.  Since this is a relatively new pathogen, most dogs are susceptible to infection because they have no natural or vaccine-induced immunity when first exposed to the virus.

What is Canine Influenza?

Canine influenza – or dog flu – is a highly contagious respiratory infection caused by an influenza A virus. Here in the US, canine influenza has been caused by two strains classified as H3N8 and H3N2. H3N8 was first discovered in 2004 in the US.
The infection is spread through the germs released while coughing, barking and sneezing, or through contact with any contaminated objects – including hands, clothes and any surface dogs come into contact with. The virus can remain alive on these surfaces or clothing or hands for several hours.
To add to the complexity, dogs are most contagious during the 2-4 day incubation period, but exhibit no symptoms during this time. So exactly how and where your dog caught the virus could prove difficult to determine.

What are the Symptoms?

Canine influenza is fairly nasty (though not life-threatening), with around 80% of infected dogs showing symptoms. These include coughing, sneezing, lethargy and loss of appetite. Infected dogs may present with one of two different syndromes:
Mild – The more common of the two, with symptoms including coughing and nasal discharge, usually lasting several weeks.
Severe – Infected dogs will have a high fever with symptoms developing very quickly. At worst, these include intense coughing, weakness, lethargy, and trouble with breathing. In rare cases, pneumonia can develop too.

Which Vaccine is used to Prevent Canine Influenza?

A very popular vaccine used to tackle dog flu is called Nobivac Canine Flu Bivalent®. Adverse reactions to the Nobivac vaccine are very rare and it provides excellent protection. Nobivac Canine Flu Bivalent® is unique because it’s the only vaccine currently available which provides comprehensive protection against both strains of the flu virus (CIV H3N2 and H3N8).
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How Often Should Dogs be Vaccinated?

  • Puppies (from 7 weeks of age) receive 2 doses of Nobivac Canine Flu Bivalent®, separated by 2-4 weeks
  • Booster shots (single dose) should be performed on a yearly basis thereafter

What Next?

As already mentioned, prevention is the best course of action. If your dog isn’t protected against canine influenza, it is best to consult with your vet as soon as possible to discuss option. Social pets, like those that visit doggie day cares, boarding facilities, and dog parks are at most risk of infectious disease.

How Activ4Pets Can Help

Keeping track of pet vaccinations can be a headache, especially trying to remember when they’re due. You don’t want to lose track or miss a shot, so Activ4Pets provides members with a comprehensive veterinary record including all vaccinations and the date they were given. Our Medical Team also collect and populate this information on our platform (included in the price), giving you instant access via phone or computer. Our tool also allows you to set up reminders so you’ll never miss a health appointment again!
Since many boarding, grooming and daycare facilities require evidence your dog’s Nobivac vaccination is up-to-date, Activ4Pets also relieves the hassle of paperwork. All the information is stored digitally – a couple of taps of the A4P app is all it takes to get PDF records when dropping your fur baby off.
Membership starts at just $24 per year which covers up to 4 pets and you can get started by visiting our signup page.


Meet the Author

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Dr. Clayton Jones

Dr. Jones has 25 years of veterinary medical experience as a staff veterinarian and medical director of his own practice. As well as being the Chief Veterinary Medical Officer for Activ4Pets, Dr. Jones is also a member of the American Veterinary Medical Society and President of the US-Cuba Veterinary Cooperation Society.

Traveling With Pets: A Thanksgiving Guide

So you’re heading back home to spend Thanksgiving with relatives. But, this being a family holiday, you don’t want to leave your fur babies behind! Maybe you’re taking a short drive, or perhaps you’re flying. How ever you’re getting to your destination of choice, Activ4Pets wants to provide the very best pet travel advice.
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Telemedicine at Work – A Veterinarian's Perspective

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Have you ever needed to be in two places at once? Like at work and the veterinarian’s office? What if I told you that it’s actually possible to do both…
Pets are our beloved family members and we want the absolute best for them. Maybe they have an immediate health issue – like a limp or loss of appetite – one you might not necessarily class as an emergency. While you want to resolve the issue as quickly as possible, it might not always be practical to visit the vet right away.
Of course, most pet parents realize a visit to an emergency veterinary clinic can be costly. And an appointment takes time out of your already hectic day; what with work, kids and any number of additional responsibilities. It can be extremely frustrating having to wait several days until your schedule opens up enough to travel to the vets – especially when all you need is some professional advice and peace of mind! Wouldn’t it just be easier to pick up the phone (or equivalent) and call the vet for these kinds of issues? Well, it has been possible for many years now to speak to a human healthcare specialist (physician, nurse, psychologist, etc) via webcam, obtain the advice you need and continue with your day. Effectively allowing you to be in two places at once – without the travel and waiting times!
It’s called Telemedicine or Telehealth and the same technology is being adopted in the veterinary industry to meet the needs of modern pet owners. Veterinary telemedicine is opening virtual doors before, during and after normal clinic hours to accommodate pet parents whose needs might not warrant an emergency, but getting that reassurance could very well make their day!

How Does it Work?

Surprisingly, there are many routine pet health issues which can be discussed within a Telemedicine environment, instead of visiting in person. By doing a virtual visit you can quickly ascertain whether or not the health issue is an emergency – just to be on the safe side. As an experienced veterinarian, I can tell you many clients bring in cases which they believe to be emergencies – but simply aren’t. Allow me to elaborate.
Let’s say you wake up one morning and your older Labrador is circling to the left and has a strange eye rotation (nystagmus). While this is an alarming sight, it might not necessarily be an emergency.
So what are your options? Take an hour or two off work to rush over to the emergency veterinarians? Do nothing and hope for the best? By using Telemedicine, you could simply request a virtual consultation and speak directly to a seasoned, professional veterinarian with two-way audio and video. The doctor could observe the behavior and the nystagmus, ask questions and provide their recommendation – and you wouldn’t have a traumatic drive to endure!
In the case above, I would explain the likelihood of Canine Geriatric Vestibular Syndrome (very common among older dogs) and make further recommendations depending on what I observed during the consult.

Telemedicine in the the Workplace

Activ4Pets recently launched a benefit system that provides these e-Consultations and more to companies with pet-owning employees. Basically, it gives staff the option to consult with a licensed vet from home or the office, instead of taking time off work. While it does help to improve office productivity, the system also allows each member to take full control of their pet’s health.
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You’d also get a full online veterinary history (vaccinations, allergies, medications, medical documents and more for up to four pets) which you can access on your mobile phone or computer. If you ever did need to schedule an e-Consult, the added bonus is that the interaction would be completely secure (military-level encryption) and the veterinarian would have full access to your pet’s complete medical history to make more informed decisions.
Also included is one second medical opinion (for serious or chronic health conditions) as well as unlimited access to our vet chat service.
Conditions from the following list can be addressed via virtual consultation: pet parasites (worms, ticks, fleas, lice, insect bites), orthopedic issues (limping, stiffness, pain), ear problems , eye problems, weight loss, inappetence, motion sickness, coughing and many more.
If you think your employer might be interested in adopting Activ4Pets as a benefit, we can be reached by email contact@activ4pets.com or by phone on 855-738-3282 (toll free). We also have individual memberships available via our sign up page.


Meet the Author

Clayton-Jones-DVM

Dr. Clayton Jones

Dr. Jones has 25 years of veterinary medical experience as a staff veterinarian and medical director of his own practice. As well as being the Chief Veterinary Medical Officer for Activ4Pets, Dr. Jones is also a member of the American Veterinary Medical Society and President of the US-Cuba Veterinary Cooperation Society.

We Vote for Supporting and Appreciating Animal Shelters and Rescue Organizations!

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November 6 -12 marks Animal Shelter Appreciation Week. And, as an organization dedicated to making life better for all pets we work closely with many major shelters and humane societies around the world and we appreciate and support them throughout the year.
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