What’s a Pet Owner to Do About the Canine Flu?

Canine flu is a serious threat to dog health.You have likely been hearing rumblings about canine influenza in the area. While the canine flu isn’t a new disease, we have recently seen an uptick in cases in the Massachusetts area. So what is this dog flu? Do you need to worry? And more importantly, what can you do to protect your pet? Wellesley-Natick Veterinary Hospital is happy to answer all your questions.

Facts about Canine Flu

While the dog flu has been around for about 15 years at this point, it is relatively new in the grand scheme of canine infectious diseases.

It first made its appearance on the greyhound racetracks in 2004, but was rather isolated and not a concern to the general public. In 2015, however, a new and second strain of canine flu appeared in the Midwest. This H3N2 strain of canine influenza became the culprit behind many outbreaks of kennel cough throughout the country. Continue…

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School Daze: Separation Anxiety in Pets

Separation anxiety in pets can increase when school starts.Whether you have younger kids or older ones heading off to college, it’s normal for everyone to go through an adjustment period at the start of a new school year. Pets feel the change as well, especially if they’ve enjoyed a pet-centric summer for the past 3 months.

Separation anxiety in pets is quite common this time of year. An estimated 15-30% of pets regularly experience symptoms. Fortunately, there are plenty of ways you can help support your furry family member!

Where is Everyone?

Pets thrive on routine, so a sudden change in the daily schedule can be confusing and upsetting. The hustle and bustle of preparing for a new school year and the sudden departure of key family members can leave a pet feeling confused, anxious, and left out. Continue…

A Beautiful Partnership: Wellesley-Natick Veterinary Hospital and Natick Days Community Festival

The end of summer means different things to different people. Here at Wellesley-Natick Veterinary Hospital, the arrival of September has us looking forward to the Natick Days Community Festival. We couldn’t be more excited to participate in this family friendly community celebration!

All About Natick Days Community Festival

Natick Days Community Festival is an annual event centered on youth groups and nonprofit organizations. The festival is held at Natick Common and includes plenty of food, live music, games, kid-friendly activities, and much more all packed into one fun-filled day.

Besides being an exciting and popular event for the community (over 8,000 people are expected to attend), Natick Days is also a fundraising event for local nonprofits, youth teams, and service organizations. In 2017, over $25,000 was raised to help support these important community-building programs. Continue…