The New Year is coming soon and so will be an important election cycle. In California, our primary was moved up from June to Super Tuesday in March. This means we are already in gear reviewing ballot initiatives and (possibly) considering candidates.

Secondhand smoke has a huge effect on our dogs and other pets. The ASPCA did a study that found that it has had a 100-fold increase in harm over the past decade.

In 2019, we only stepped up to support San Francisco's Prop C - Regulating Vaping Law. The main proponent, JUUL, which is based here, to drop all its support for the proposition so it didn't lose the entire company...period. That said, Prop C failed overwhelmingly by over 80%!

PROPOSITION C - Vapor Products

Shall the City overturn the law passed by the Board of Supervisors suspending the sale of electronic cigarettes until they receive FDA authorization, and adopt new regulations on the sale, manufacture, distribution and advertising of electronic cigarettes in San Francisco?

Ballots castPercentage
YES 36,666 18.19%
NO 164,885 81.81%
Total 201,551 100%

ALERT: Canine Flu (influenza)

Canine flu is a viral infection and symptoms include coughing, nasal/eye discharge, and fever.

If your dog has any of the symptoms described above, please keep them away from other dogs and contact your veterinarian. If your dog has decreased appetite or thirst, is lethargic, or has any difficulty breathing, see a veterinarian immediately.

Just like with human influenza, most who contract the disease will make a full recovery without intervention.

Canine flu is highly contagious, but fortunately, there is a vaccination available to help protect against the current strain of flu virus. Veterinarians, health providers and government agencies are recommending to vaccinate dogs who are regularly around large groups of other dogs at places like dog parks, daycare, boarding facilities, and group walking.

The vaccine requires two injections, given 2-4 weeks apart, plus an annual booster.

For more information, visit the CDC Canine Influenza webpage.


(This is just a report but in no way does DogPAC-SF provide any advice or counsel or promotion of any specific treatments. This posting is for informational purposes only)

DogPAC of San Francisco congratulates and is a proud sponsor of American College of Veterinary Opthamologists (ACVO) and StokesRx Pharmacy on their 10th anniversary of providing free and high quality eye exams for Service and Working Animals to over 32,000 animals. Here's to another 32k. Please watch this space or go to the eye exam website begining in April 2019 to register and for more information. 


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