Canine Influenza Virus H3N2 Outbreak in Florida and Georgia

Twelve cases of Canine Influenza Virus H3N2 have been confirmed at the University of Florida, School of Veterinary Medicine within the last few weeks.  The confirmed cases were among dogs in attendance at dog shows in Deland, Florida and Perry, Georgia.

This virus is highly contagious

CLINICAL SIGNS INCLUDE: coughing, sneezing, nasal discharge and lethargy ,and may last up to two weeks.  Although clinical  signs in most patients resolve, some cases progress to pneumonia.

The virus incubates after exposure, with clinical signs occurring within approximately 7 days.  Affected dogs are considered contagious and shed the virus for up to 4 weeks.

Dr. Cynda Crawford, DVM, PhD at the University of Florida, School of Veterinary Medicine believes that dogs in the state of Florida face an “imminent threat.”  “There is substantial risk for exposure.”  (Please see Dr. Crawford’s statement in the link below).


Dogs at highest risk are those that attend dog shows, but the virus may also spread to other pets outside of the show community.

If you travel with your dog or if your dog attends doggie daycare or is kenneled there is an increased risk.  Any routine contact that your dog has with other dogs puts him/her at risk.


The CIV H3N2 is not contagious to humans, although it can be contagious to cats!


There is a vaccine available for the H3N2  Canine Influenza Virus.  The vaccine will not prevent the disease completely, but will decrease morbidity/illness associated with the virus.

Ideally, the best prevention is a vaccination which is boosted three weeks after initial vaccination.  The vaccine series should be completed two weeks prior to anticipated boarding.


Side effects of the  CIV H3N2 vaccine are  generally minimal. Vaccination is  presumed to convey immunity for one year. 

Please see the link below for more information on Canine Influenza Virus H3N2




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Everyday is Dental Day at 30A’s Place for Pets

Everyday is Dental Day at Kindness!!

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We are committed to providing the most progressive dentistry available, here at Kindness Pet Hospital.

How about a COHAT??

What’s that ??

A Complete Oral Health Assessment and Treatment. (COHAT) includes the following:

During your pet’s Dental procedure we evaluate the oral cavity for lesions or masses, perform full-mouth radiographs of all teeth and probe each tooth for excess depth and pocketing at the gum line, a common indication of bone disease.

The teeth are ultrasonically scaled to remove built-up plaque and calculus.  If necessary, we perform root planing by hand to remove diseased tissue associated with periodontal disease.

We then polish the enamel on the teeth and apply a fluoride treatment.  


Crown and root resorption with partial root ankylosis


Dr. Connor performs simple and surgical dental extractions utilizing flap procedures as necessary.  

We are proud to offer Guided Tissue Regeneration.  This procedure is utilized to grow bone.  New bone growth can save teeth from extraction.

Remember bad breath is NOT NORMAL!!  75% of all dogs and cats display some form of periodontal disease by age 3!!  

Call us to discuss your companion’s oral health.  We are happy to help!! 


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Take a look at our new Gallery page!! On it you’ll see just a few of the photos we’ve taken of some special pets.  We love our clients and their furry family members!!  Please send us pictures of your pet, and we’ll post them.  Send your photos to   We cant wait to see them!!


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Did you know that periodontal disease is considered the most common disease of companion animals?


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Severe periodontal disease.


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An estimated 85% of dogs and 75% of cats over 3 years of age display some form of periodontal disease.


What is periodontal disease?

Periodontal disease is caused by  a bacterial infection that spreads, unseen, beneath the gumline. As the disease progresses, it destroys the bone around the tooth roots leading to mobile, painful teeth.

At Kindness Pet Hospital, we take your companion’s oral health seriously.  Just as poor oral health in humans correlates with systemic illness such as cardiovascular disease and kidney disease, the same is true for your pet.

Dr. Connor has a keen interest in veterinary dentistry. She will examine your companion’s mouth and make recommendations for home care and a thorough dental cleaning under general anesthesia, as indicated.


But why general anesthesia?

What is the difference between a dental cleaning, utilizing general anesthesia at my veterinarian’s office and a “non-anesthetic” dental?


A veterinary dental cleaning involves a complete oral examination by a veterinarian, dental x-rays, a cleaning both above and below the gum line, fluoride treatment, localized antibiotic treatment for periodontal pockets if indicated, and optional application of a dental sealant to retard plaque attachment.
An anesthesia free dental cleaning is a non-veterinary procedure where a pet is restrained awake, while the visible portion of some surfaces of the teeth are scaled (scraped with an instrument).
This procedure does not clean your pet’s teeth thoroughly, leaving your companion at risk for  progression of oral disease, and future problems.
Please visit the links below from The American Veterinary Dental College for more information about veterinary dental health.



You’ve spoken, and we’ve listened! Open on Saturday!!


Many of you have asked for additional clinic hours.  We’ve listened!

Kindness Pet Hospital will be open the second and third Saturday of each month from 8:30am until noon!!



February 13th and 20th



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Meet our newest, littlest patient!  This stray  baby boy has a broken arm and two broken fingers.  He is a little overwhelmed by his new bandage, but it is also very festive!!  He is about five weeks old.  Come in to Kindness and visit him anytime!!!






Poison Helpline

Did you know that many local plants such as Lantana and  Sago Palm are toxic to dogs?  Several types of lilies (Easter lilies, Tiger lilies, Asiatic lilies) are rapidly fatal to cats.

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Common foods that we eat daily such as: chocolate, raisins, grapes, Macadamia nuts, onions and Xylitol sweetener can also be harmful to your pet. 

If your pet has ingested a toxic plant or food, please call Kindness, then call

The Pet Poison Helpline.  This service is available 24/7.


Refer a friend!!

We appreciate referrals!!  If you refer a friend, you will receive a $15.00 credit towards your next visit.  Thank you for spreading the word about Kindness Pet Hospital!  Below is our friend Neil and one of his backyard chickens!!


New Website!

Kindness Pet Hospital is proud to launch our new website and unveil a new logo!  We hope you like our new look!  Please visit our site often, as we are adding content daily!!


Did you know…

Our logo is based on a very important member of Dr. Connor’s family.  The dog depicted in the logo was designed in memory of Dr. Connor’s Belgian sheepdog, Emmee.   “Emmee was my constant companion before kids and throughout veterinary school.  We were together all the time.  I miss her so much, and think of her every time I look at our logo”.




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Client Reviews

Professional, friendly, personal, skilled, informative.
Dr Connor is respectful and explains issues without being condescending or playing on a parents guilt (I've had this happen at other vets too many times to count).
She's reasonable about treatment options and truly cares about the animal and family rather than making money.
Everybody treats my dog well and greets him as well as me and are familiar with his issues.
They understand the issues of the heart along with how to practice good medicine.

Dr.Connor is so very knowledgeable and patient.
I feel like she treats each animal the way she would her own pet, and she really wants her clients to be armed with all of the necessary information to make good choices about care.
Her staff are wonderful, too--polite, professional and warm.
We always feel welcomed and comfortable when we bring our pets in.
So glad to have found Kindness!

Our experience with Kindness has been exceptional! Dr Mary and her staff are 1st Class! I have two old full blooded rescue mutts who are my kids and what I love most about Kindness taking care of them is each and every one of Dr Mary's staff genuinely cares.
They follow up better than any Vet I've had the 16 years that we have been here! I have given her referrals and they love her and staff as well.
Try Kindness and you will fall in love too!

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