A burn victim typically costs between $300 to $1200 to treat.If you would like to donate to help animal burn victims, a "Butte Fire Animal Burn Victims Account" has been set up at Rabobank in Angels Camp where you can contribute directly or you can send funds to the Angels Camp Veterinary Hospital, Inc. with checks made out to "Butte Fire Animal Burn Victims Account" and mailed PO Box 1273, Angels Camp, CA 95222 and we will see that they are deposited. We have many pets here that we are treating any support you can contribute is greatly appreciated and will be used only for these victims.

Have questions about Canine Influenza?

Canine influenza the canine respiratory disease that was first identified in shelters, boarding facilities and clinics in Florida. Since that time it has spread and been identified at Greyhound racetracks in Massachusetts and has progressed into the Midwest where the Chicago area has been especially hardhit. Cases as far west as Texas have been identified.

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Have questions about the recent report of plague?
Plague is an infectious bacterial disease that is carried by squirrels, chipmunks and other wild rodents and their fleas. When an infected rodent becomes sick and dies, its fleas can carry the infection to other warm-blooded animals or humans.

Human cases of plague are rare, with the last reported human infection in California occurring in 2006, California Department of Public Health (CDPH) Director and State Health Officer Dr. Karen Smith reports. Although it is a rare disease, people should protect themselves from infection by avoiding any contact with wild rodents. Never feed squirrels, chipmunks, or other rodents in picnic or campground areas, and never touch sick or dead rodents. Protect your pets from fleas and keep them away from wild animals.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) there hasn’t been a large urban outbreak in the US since the 1920’s. The Bacterium is still found in the fleas of the wild rodents in the western portion of the country and there are about 7 human cases reported in the US each year. Though it is uncommon, humans and pets can become infected from plague-carrying fleas.

The CDC recommends wearing gloves if coming in contact with potentially infected animals, using repellent if exposed to rodent fleas while outdoors, apply flea control products to pets and reducing rodent habitat around your home, work and recreational areas.

During an outbreak of the plague in rodents, many of the rodents die, causing fleas to seek other sources of blood. People and animals that visit the areas where rodents have recently died off are at risk of being infected from flea bites. Dogs and cats can also bring plague-infected fleas into the home the CDC says. Cats can pose a significant risk to owners, veterinarians and others who come into close contact with these animals, as they can carry pneumonic plague which can be transmitted to humans in the forms of aerosolized bacteria. There is also risk of transmission to humans directly, from bites, scratches and direct contact with infectious exudates. Veterinarians emphasize the importance of year-round flea control for all pets in the household.

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Xylitol now found in certain peanut and nut butters
Xylitol, a natural sugar alcohol sweetener popular for its low glycemic index but known to cause hypoglycemia and toxic injury to the liver in dogs, is now also found in several specialty peanut and nut butter brands. Though xylitol has been popping up in all kinds of foods and dental products in the last several years, peanut butter is a special concern, says Ahna Brutlag, DVM, MS, DABT, DABVT, associate director of veterinary services for Pet Poison Helplines and SafetyCall International. "First, dogs fed straight peanut butter as a treat or fed treats baked with xylitol-containing peanut butter may certainly be at risk for harm," she says. " Second, a dog that nabs the entire jar of xylitol-containing peanut butter and happily gorges on his or her treasure without anyone knowing could quickly become extremely ill. If this occurred during the day while the owners were not home, it's possible the dog could die before people returned."

Pet owners are urged to be vigilant about checking labels and looking for keywords that can indicate that a food contains xylitol. The most obvious thing to look for the the word "xylitol". Something to check is whether the packaging says "sweetened naturally or that is uses a natural sweetener. It's a common misconception that xylitol is an artificial sweetener, but it's not. It’s normally found in small amounts in fruits and vegetables, so if you see those terms, look deeper to see if xylitol is listed.

Chemically, xylitol is classified as a sugar alcohol, so this is another phrase to look for. Because xylitol and other sugar alcohols are not technically sugar, they might also be found in products labels "sugar free" or no sugar added."