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Election Results August 2017

In Elberta Pets and Their Humans, Politics on August 8, 2017 at 8:34 pm

Three millage renewals were proposed: the Maples, Council on Aging, and Animal Control. Elberta/Gilmore cast 131 ballots (approximately a 20 percent voter turnout) and approved all three measures. Here are the details.

What’s Going Around: Canine Circovirus

In Community Alert, Elberta Pets and Their Humans, Health on October 7, 2013 at 6:17 pm

What’s Going Around is the Elberta Alert‘s semi-regular column on human and pet health. Have a tip on what might be going around in the human or pet community, or an idea for a health story? Send an e-mail to Kimm X Jayne at, subject line “What’s Going Around.”


What’s going around this week? Not canine circovirus—at least not yet.

The rare canine circovirus that has killed several dogs downstate appears not to have made it to Benzie County, according to local veterinarians. The virus has symptoms similar to the parvovirus (vomiting, bloody diarrhea, lethargy, weight loss) but can kill within 12 to 24 hours of infection.

Platte Lake Veterinary says they haven’t seen any cases of the circovirus, but have treated dogs with the parvovirus in the last couple of weeks.  (Most dogs under veterinary care have been vaccinated for the parvovirus.)

Betsie River Veterinarian Clinic says that the Michigan Veterinarian Services sent out an announcement on the virus October 4, saying the virus is usually found in dogs who also have some other intestinal infection, like salmonella or giardia. Further, the announcement noted that the circovirus alone does not appear to cause illnesses in dogs (as it is commonly found in healthy dogs too).

If your dog begins vomiting and has diarrhea at the same time, the veterinarians recommend taking it to your nearest clinic as soon as possible. Both the circovirus and parvovirus have very high death rates (in excess of 90%) if not treated.

One other noteworthy feature of the illness is that in several cases the afflicted dog’s owner was sick with flu-like symptoms (including upper respiratory symptoms), before the dog became ill. As your mother said, wash your hands! wash your hands! wash your hands!  Ψ



What’s Going Around: Fleas

In Community Alert, Elberta Pets and Their Humans, Health on September 30, 2013 at 2:45 pm

We thought we’d try something new and add some health coverage to the Elberta Alert, starting with semi-regular columns on your and your pet’s health. Have a tip on what might be going around in the human or pet community, or an idea for a health story? Send an e-mail to Kimm X Jayne at, subject line “What’s Going Around.”

Betsie Vet Fleas

Betsie River Veterinary’s marquee, September 30, 2013. Photo by Emily Votruba


What’s going around this week? Fleas! And they seem lousier than usual this year.

Dr. Susan Daly’s Betsie River Veterinary Clinic says we’re in the peak of flea season right now. They’re seeing a lot of cats and dogs with raw spots and missing hair due to excessive scratching from fleabites. Some of these raw spots have turned into secondary infections, necessitating antibiotics.

Though a frost may kill fleas outside, eggs will survive in your home or anywhere warm, such as a heated garage or barn. It’s pretty easy to prevent a flea infestation by putting your cat or dog on a preventative topical treatment, like Frontline Plus or a similar generic. Many of these spot-on type treatments prevent ticks and lice on your pet as well (thereby preventing it in your home too!). Be sure to read the label, because some spot treatments only prevent fleas, not ticks or other creepies.

I contacted the four closest vet clinics, a vet friend of mine, and searched a vet blog, and they all said Frontline Plus is what they recommend, that it works great, and the only caveat is that you shouldn’t apply it after a bath, because it needs the pet’s natural skin oils to help it absorb.

Platte Lake Veterinary Clinic: “We recommend Frontline Plus. It’s the most effective treatment out.” The associate said she hadn’t heard the rumor that Frontline doesn’t work, and said that if applied correctly, it works extremely well. She added, “If you apply it after a bath it won’t absorb properly.”

All Animal Veterinary Clinic also recommends Frontline Plus. “We’ve never had any problems with it and it prevents both fleas and ticks.”

According to the veterinary website I visited, the sebaceous oils in your pet’s hair and skin actually help the product work. The blog’s suggestion is to apply the product and then wait 2-3 days before bathing with any soap or shampoo containing surfactants.

Better a dirty dog than a fleabitten one! Ψ




Elberta Pets!

In Culture Bluffs, Elberta Pets and Their Humans, Kid Stuff on June 13, 2013 at 4:18 pm

Do you have a pet or 10? Do you know someone with interesting animal friends? Let us know at