Dr. Elley’s Goodbye Letter

Dear Friends,

I joined the Heritage Veterinary Hospital family two and a half years ago and was thrilled beyond words that I had finally found my dream job, my forever job.

Every day since then has proven to me that I made the right decision , but sometimes life throws us curve balls, doesn’t it?

For me, this curve ball was a job opportunity out of state for my husband. Which, I suppose,  means I will go with him ;)  ;).

TO ALL OF MY CLIENTS, I will miss you and all your fur babies like crazy. It has been my greatest pleasure working with you through all the highs and lows. All the puppy visits, helping you resolve medical issues that made your babies sick, and even helping you say goodbye when that time came.

FOR THOSE OF YOU THAT I HAVE NOT MET, I was hoping to be around long enough for that to happen.

TO ALL MY CO-WORKERS, I cannot say enough. You are an AMAZING team and you have become my family. I am going to miss you so very much. The amount of heart and soul you all put into your care and the quality of medicine that you practice is truly amazing and a tremendous service to all Heritage Veterinary Hospital’s clients.

My last day will be May 19th, 2015.  Please feel free to stop in – I would love to see all of you before I leave.

Love and Best of Wishes,

Jamie Elley


Chicago canine influenza outbreak traced to H3N2 strain

The ongoing canine influenza outbreak in the Chicago area has been traced to a different strain of the virus than originally believed, and actually marks the first identification of the H3N2 subtype outside of Asia, according to Cornell University researchers.

Cornell issued a press release on Sunday (April 12, 2015) indicating that testing showed the outbreak was caused by “a virus closely related to Asian strains of influenza A H3N2 viruses,” not the H3N8 subtype that has been seen in the United States previously. This is the first identification of the H3N2 subtype outside of Asia, and the outbreak “suggests a recent introduction of the H3N2 virus from Asia,” the press release said.

It is not yet known if the currently available H3N8 vaccines will provide any cross-immunity to dogs exposed to the H3N2 subtype.

There is no evidence that the H3N2 subtype can be transmitted to people. However, it apparently has caused infection and respiratory illness in cats, according to both Cornell and the Center for Food Security and Public Health at Iowa State University. According to a canine influenza fact sheet from the Center for Food Security and Public Health: “The H3N2 canine influenza virus also seems to cause illness in cats. This virus was isolated from a cat that died during an outbreak of severe respiratory disease among dogs and cats at an animal shelter. … Antibodies to the H3N2 canine influenza virus have also been reported in apparently healthy cats.”

We have updated our canine influenza resources to reflect this discovery, and will continue to update them as needed when more information is available. We will also post updates on our social media channels, includingFacebook, Twitter, Google+ and LinkedIn. AVMA members who would like to receive email updates of important news related to animal and public health, such as this discovery, can sign up to do so in our email subscription center.

Anyone with concerns about their pet’s health, or whose pet is showing symptoms of canine influenza, should contact their veterinarian. Symptoms of the disease may include a soft, moist cough or dry cough similar to that induced by kennel cough; discharge from the nose or eyes; sneezing; lethargy; low-grade fever; and loss of appetite.


Source: http://atwork.avma.org/2015/04/13/chicago-canine-influenza-outbreak-traced-h3n2-strain/?utm_source=home-rotator&utm_medium=web&utm_campaign=gen