Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Another Update

This is Boo, who is loved by Mary and family. She turns a year soon  and is from Solo and Shelly.

Mary shares this with us -
Hi Alice,
Boo is doing great! I love her to death and she loves us – if early morning snuggles are any indication! She’s very calm for a 1 year old (next month!) but loves to play. She knows what I mean when I say “run” and we’ll run around the house together. One of her favorite nighttime sleeping spots is the shower, where the tile is cool. She hangs out at the open window or on top her cat tree watching the world go by. She loves chattering at the quail! She chases the bird or the cat dancer, leaping to amazing heights, sleeps in her cat tree or on the floor at my feet. Of course, she follows me around the house and comes when she’s called. Can anyone say cat-dog? She’s just wonderful! A couple of pictures are attached.

Tuesday, April 28, 2015


We are very excited to share that we anticipate babies anytime the end of this week.
 Mom - is our CFA Ch Kender's Frozen Heart aka Elsa , beautiful blue mac tabby and white girl.

Litter Pedigree

And our handsome young lad - CFA Ch Kender's Spell Bound aka Thorn 

Red mac tabby & white.

Our First litter of the year. If interested inquire now

Monday, April 20, 2015

New Babies

Just sharing this litter. Please note, we did NOT breed this litter, nor do we own these beautiful babies - we are happily sharing the information.The lovely babies , all brown mac tabbies with and without white - all girls ( I believe) are available to reserve NOW. 

Pedigree can be found here Lucien x Didi Litter - again , please note while both mom and dad are Kender kitties we do not own either kitty , nor did we do the breeding.  Please contact the breeder directly for more information, HER policies and contracts, as well as more pictures and pricing. tziganesiberians @ hotmail. com

Sunday, April 12, 2015


New canine influenza strain affecting Chicago outbreak | Dr. Justine Lee

Canine Influenza Virus (CIV) outbreak in MidWest caused by new strain of virus: H3N2 not H3N8

According to scientists at Cornell University and University of Wisconsin, the recent canine influenza outbreak affecting more than 1,000 dogs in Chicago, IL and other parts of the Midwest is been identified to be caused by a different strain of Canine Influenza Virus (CIV) than was earlier assumed. Initially, this CIV outbreak was thought to be due to H3N8 (which was originally identified in at a Greyhound track in Florida back in 2004).
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Currently, Cornell’s Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory has done additional testing and found that the current outbreak is being caused by a virus closely related to Asian strains of Influenza A H3N2 viruses. While this specific Canine Influenza virus isn’t transmissible to humans, it has currently in wide circulation in southern Chinese and South Korean dog populations. The H3N2 virus hasn’t been previously identified in North America, suggesting a recent introduction from the virus from Asia.
When this recent Chicago outbreak happened, clinical samples (nasal and oropharyngeal swaps from affected dogs) were sent to the New York State Animal Diagnostic Laboratory at Cornell, where the virus was diagnosed as Influenza A. Additional testing was done and suggested a new strain.  As a result, subsequent testing, which was performed in conjunction with the Wisconsin Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory, identified the new subtype as H3N2. The National Veterinary Services Laboratories, based out of Ames, IA (where USDA’s Animal and Plant Health inspection Services or APHIS service is)  is sequencing two isolates from this outbreak to further characterize it.
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Regardless of which strain of Canine Influenza Virus it is, clinical signs seen can include:
  • Lethargy
  • Fever
  • Inappetance
  • Anorexia
  • Coughing
  • Increased respiratory rate
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Nasal discharge
  • Blue-tinged gums
  • Constant panting
  • Exercise intolerance
As an FYI for cat owners, the Canine Influenza Virus H3N2 has caused infection and respiratory illness in cats too. If your dog was recently diagnosed with CIV during this outbreak in the MidWest, make sure to keep your cat isolated or away just in case.
For veterinarians who are seeing cases suspicious of CIV, here are some general recommendations:
  • Ideally see affected patients in one specific exam room towards the end of the day (e.g., away from routine healthy appointments)
  • When seeing cases, make sure to admit them into isolation for treatment and evaluation
  • Identify and implement syndromic surveillance measures that identify high-risk patients.
  • Use appropriate disinfectant in the area to prevent further spread.
  • Decontaminate potentially contaminated equipment (eg, thermometer, stethoscope)
  • Use appropriate barrier protection (e.g., gowns, gloves, etc.)
  • Instruct all to wash hands thorough with a biocidal soap and water.
  • Consider advanced diagnostic testing [e.g.,  Influenza A matrix reverse transciptase-polymerase chain reaction assay (Rt-PCR)]. Note that the canine-specific Influenza A H3N8 Rt-PCR in use in several laboratories will not detect this virus, and specific testing must be performed. An H3N2-specific serologic assay is under development and will be available soon.
As for this outbreak, consider appropriate isolation and prevention. Avoid dog parks, groomers, doggy daycares, etc. in the MidWest region until this CIV outbreak ceases. As for protection, talk to your veterinarian about the CIV vaccine. While it’s not known if the current Canine Influenza Virus will offer protection against this different strain, it may offer some cross-protection. This vaccine does protect against H3N8, which may still be in circulation in some areas. When in doubt, if your dog is showing any signs of coughing, retching, increased respiratory rate, etc., please seek veterinary attention immediately. The sooner you go, the sooner treatment can be implemented!

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

A Random Thought

Random Thought - here's something that came to my mind , while reading another article of feline nutrition - perhaps the reason we see such high overall numbers of hcm(in some catteries, in some "lines" etc)  is because those cats in particular are being fed a commercial grain based diet - since deficiencies in taurine cause an enlarged heart to begin with...... this would enforce or confirm my belief that a raw meat diet , well based in bone, organ meats as well as traditional muscle meats - AND including a high quality vitamin such as we use here - the Nu Vet still is the most complete and bio-available diet we can give our kitties.

I of course have no proof of this beyond logic and reasoning ... and experience

And another article for you to read through -