Who we are: We are veterinarians who live and/or work in San Mateo County, as well as San Francisco and Santa Clara Counties. We gather to network and share clinical experiences, as well as to hear from speakers for continuing education.
When we meet: We meet on the third Tuesday of every odd month, unless otherwise scheduled. Our meetings are at The Van's restaurant in Belmont, California. We meet at 6:30 pm to socialize and the meeting is called to order at 7 pm.
In December 2017, Canine Influenza Virus (CIV) was identified on the San Francisco Peninsula. Cases of CIV have now also been reported throughout the San Francisco Bay Area, the Santa Clara Valley, the East Bay, Sacramento, Fresno, and the Monterey Bay area. Veterinary experts recommend that dog owners remain cautious about permitting interactions among dogs with unknown vaccination status.
CIV causes a very contagious disease that is recoverable with supportive care, but may pose a serious health risk to individual dogs, including death. The virus can be easily transmitted in places such as boarding facilities, doggie daycares, groomers, dog parks, animal shelters, dog shows, and even veterinary hospitals. Symptoms include coughing, sneezing, nasal discharge, loss of appetite, fever, difficulty breathing, and vomiting. If your dog is showing any of these signs, please call your veterinarian immediately, and DO NOT let your dog interact with other dogs for at least 30 days following onset of signs. Because various diseases can cause these signs, laboratory testing is required for definitive diagnosis. There are vaccines available to protect dogs against the two recognized strains of CIV, one of which can also make cats sick. Please call your veterinarian to discuss your pet's risk of exposure and whether vaccination is appropriate for your dog.
For more information about CIV, visit:
When: Tuesday, January 21st
Speaker: Jackie Gai, DVM
Title: "Performing Animal Welfare Society"