Parvo Virus Suspected on Grand Turk

first_img Related Items:#parvovirussuspectedinGT, #vaccinateyourpets Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppTurks and Caicos, April 18, 2017 – Grand Turk – The Ministry of Health, Agriculture and Human Services (MOHAHS), Agriculture and Animal Health Services Division wishes to advise Grand Turk animal owners, that there appears to be an outbreak of Parvo virus on the Island of Grand Turk. This disease can be fatal to dogs especially puppies.Canine parvovirus is a highly contagious disease that can produce a life-threatening illness.  The virus attacks rapidly dividing cells in a dog’s body, especially in the intestinal tract.  It also attacks the white blood cells.  When young animals are infected, the virus can damage the heart muscle leading to lifelong cardiac problem.   Symptoms of the virus are loss of appetite, lethargy, vomiting and foul smelling often bloody diarrhea which can quickly lead to life threatening dehydration.This extremely contagious disease can be transmitted by any person, animal or object that comes in contact with an infected dog’s feces.   The virus is very resistant, and survives in the environment for months.   It is common for unvaccinated dogs to become infected when exposed to the virus.Parvovirus is most harmful to puppies up to one year old and it is strongly recommended that they be vaccinated before exposing them to outside areas.   Older unvaccinated dogs are not severely affected by the virus but can still contract and shed it, thereby spreading it to different locations. The virus can exist in soil which has been the site of feces from infected dogs.It can be carried by shoes and walked into your yard where it can live in the soil for a very long time. Prevention methods include the disinfecting of your harder surfaces with the use of a strong solution of bleach.We are therefore recommending that pet owners have their animals:-Vaccinated as a preventative measure.Not move animals from suspected infected areas to other areas.Contact a veterinarian If symptoms are noticed, if  unsure or notice diarrheaDo not transport/ship dogs from Grand Turk to other islands without approval from the Department of Agriculture.Exercise caution when handling sick animals.The Department of Agriculture wishes to further advise the Grand Turk community that the veterinary team from Bark and Bliss Animal Wellness Centre on Providenciales will be in Grand Turk every Thursday to conduct test, vaccinations and treatments as necessary. These services will be provided at a cost.The veterinary team can be contacted at 649-232-2275 or the Department of Agriculture at 649-338-3881 or 338-3882.Press Release: TCIG#parvovirusinsuspectedinGT#vaccinateyourpets Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

Belly App Converts Damn Paper Punchcards to Digital

first_imgNovember 12, 2012 Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global While customers now routinely “check in” to favorite shops and restaurants using various social media, many small businesses still rely on old-fashioned punchcards as their primary loyalty program. One rewards startup, Belly, is trying to change that.  Belly works one-on-one with small and medium businesses to create digital loyalty programs and to design customer rewards that are more unique than the typical “buy 10, get one free” deal. Customers can use Belly either on a physical card — intended to replace every other reward card in their wallet — or on a mobile app. We talked to 30-year-old founder Logan LaHive by email to learn what makes Belly stand out. What follows is an edited version of our exchange.Entrepreneur: How did Belly come about?LaHive: Belly arose as most disruptive businesses do: out of the desire to solve a problem. We saw large companies building marketing programs and technology to reward and incentivize their customers, but there were no tools effectively solving this problem for small [and] medium businesses. We set out to level the playing field.Our goal is to take the traditionally offline experience of shopping in a small business, and bring it into the digital era. To help businesses foster better relationships with their customers via a custom and unique digital loyalty program — a program that enables data, analytics, communication tools and social advocacy. We set out [to] help customers of these businesses consolidate all those damn paper punchcards into one place, and get rewarded at all their favorite businesses.Related: A Buzzworthy Startup Rethinks the Political ProcessEntrepreneur: What makes Belly valuable to customers and businesses?LaHive: Belly is a digital loyalty program built with a deep understanding and respect for small businesses and their customers. Loyalty to a small business is not about a coupon. It’s not $2 off on your bank statement. It has nothing to do with how you pay. Loyalty to a small business is wanting to go where someone knows your name….where you love the culture, personality and product that they sell.That’s the key for Belly — we enable businesses to have a custom and unique loyalty program, while being part of our universal network. We provide everything they need, including the iPad, physical loyalty cards, marketing materials, data and communication tools. By having a physical loyalty card, every customer that comes through the door can sign up, and with the mobile, users can discover locations, view rewards and get offers straight to their phones. [It’s the] best of both worlds.Entrepreneur: How challenging has it been to build Belly?LaHive: A wise mentor once told me that a fast-growing startup is like trying to assemble an airplane mid-flight. Truer words have never been spoken. It was a process of iteration to build Belly — one filled with months spent entirely in stores talking to small-business owners and their customers, understanding their needs, then building that product for them.Related: The Man Who’s Turning Cities Into Trivia GamesEntrepreneur: What are your finances like?LaHive: We raised just shy of $16 million in our first year of operation, from phenomenal investors like Andreessen Horowitz, Lightbank and Silicon Valley Bank. While this level of investment from top-tier investors is a nice endorsement of our position as the leader in the digital loyalty space, we are acutely aware this money is intended to support scaling our business quickly, adding new markets and investing in the continual innovation of our product.Entrepreneur: What are your plans for growth?LaHive: We are expanding our universal loyalty platform to new markets, growing our merchant, user and engagement numbers at astonishing rates, and rolling out new products to improve the Belly experience. But beyond just achieving ubiquity as a loyalty solution, we view Belly as the means for businesses to create relevant, lasting and data-driven digital relationships with their customers. And our position — a customer-facing tablet at point of sale — very much enables us to execute on those plans. Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. 4 min read Register Now » Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box.last_img read more