We’re Seeking Participants for a “Fitbit for Dogs” Study

Our own Dr. Hanlin Song is heading a very interesting case study using the latest in wearable technology – for dogs! – and we currently are recruiting participants.

If your dog is a bit older, is not currently taking RIMADYL ® (an anti-inflammatory) OR has been taking it on an as-needed basis, has some degree of arthritis/pain and, because of this, may have some mobility issues ... then please keep reading!

Most of you probably have a Fitbit or have heard of one. (If not, it’s a “tracker” that monitors activity levels such as steps and other wellness data.) This study basically uses a Fitbit for your dog! The device is called the Voyce Pro Health Monitor

The 12-week case study focuses on individual dosing for Rimadyl ® (an anti-inflammatory) in dogs to see how Rimadyl ® can improve overall quality of life. The study's goal is to answer the question: “Does utilizing the Voyce Health Monitor assist with individual dosing for Rimadyl in dogs?”

With the assistance of Voyce Pro collar, we will monitor our canine participants’ activity levels and accordingly adjust the Rimadyl ® dosing over time.

If I sign up, what am I responsible for?

The owner participant is simply required to make sure the Voyce Pro device is charged. Reminders will be sent if the device is not collecting any data, and we will help troubleshoot (determine if it’s a battery issue, out-of-network problem, etc.). Your dog? He or she just has to wear Voyce like a regular collar.

What are the pros for participating in the study?

  • Finding out your dog's daily heart rate and activity level for the duration of the study (12 weeks)
  • Helping fellow canine patients!

The cons?

  • Some expenses, including medication and lab work to ensure organ functions are maintained
  • During the course of this study, Rimadyl must be purchased through PVH and not an online pharmacy. Dr. Song’s initial exam will be at no charge.

Contact

If this sounds like something you’d be interested in, please reach out to Dr. Song via Becky Peterson at bpeterson@pilchuckvet.net as soon as possible. We can assist you with getting more information and setting up an appointment.

Thank you!
Dr. Hanlin Song & Becky Peterson

Update on the Dog Flu and Vaccine Options

You may have heard about the recent outbreak of a new type of “dog flu” affecting pets across the country. This highly contagious and, for some dogs, potentially serious respiratory infection is caused by canine influenza virus H3N2, or CIV H3N2 for short.

Chances are, if your dog is exposed to CIV H3N2, he or she may become infected.

Dogs that are frequently in contact with other dogs may be at high risk of infection with CIV H3N2.

This includes dogs that: 

  • are boarded
  • are enrolled in day care, or 
  • often visit the local dog park. 

If you have a puppy, elderly or pregnant dog or a dog that is immunocompromised, you should take extra precautions.

The good news is that PVH now has a vaccine available to help control disease associated with CIV H3N2.

We also have a vaccine, Vanguard® CIV, that has been available for several years for another type of canine influenza, CIV H3N8, which is capable of causing severe respiratory disease in dogs as well. 

Vaccination against both types of CIV (H3N2 and H3N8) helps to ensure maximum protection.

Please call us at 360.568.3113 to discuss your dog’s risk for CIV (H3N2 and H3N8).

This is particularly important if you plan to board your dog in the near future or regularly send him or her to a grooming or day care facility. 

We’ll answer your questions about dog flu and help you to decide whether vaccination is right for your pet. You can also visit dogflufacts.com for more information.