Yearly Archives: 2015

Canine Influenza Outbreak

The recent outbreak in Chicago by a new strain of Canine Influenza is still under investigation. Cornell University has identified the type of virus strain involved and has found it to be different from the one used in the current Canine Influenza Vaccines (CIV). It is not yet known if these vaccines (CIV) will offer any cross -immunity.

There is no evidence that this virus can be transmitted to people but it has caused respiratory infections is some cats. For further information please go to the AVMA website.

A Note from Summit Search and Rescue

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Summit Search and Rescue thanks Community Veterinary Partners and Winding Hill Veterinary Clinic for their continued support. Your financial support along with exemplary veterinary medical care for our K9’s is tremendously appreciated.

In 2014 we had over 70 call-outs for our search services. These services are provided at no charge. From toddlers to senior citizens our bloodhounds were requested to assist in locating. Several finds were directly the result of the utilization of our K9 teams. We were requested for several criminal cases as well. A murder investigation, shootings, assaults, robberies, and home invasions are some examples where area law enforcement determined the need for a bloodhound team.

K9 Apache, K9 Merit, and K9 Briggs touch the lives of many as they reach out to the community with programming. In an educational, interactive, and fun way we present the mantrailing bloodhound. The nose, the anatomical features of the bloodhound, and the science and theory of scent are discussed. Safety lessons are taught along the way. An anti-bullying assembly “K9 Merit has a Message – Be a Buddy Not a Bully” serves to build the self-esteem of each and every individual along with respect for the uniqueness of others.

We will continue in 2015 to provide our search services and community programming throughout south-central PA.

-Terri L. Heck CVT, BS
Summit Search & Rescue President and K9 Handler