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Flea, Tick, Lice and Deworming treatments
It is important to keep your pet up to date with their flea and tick treatments as well as regular deworming all year round to help keep your pets body safe from parasites. Please note, if you forget, we can give your pet with the topical flea, tick and lice treatment for $10.
General Information About Getting Your Pet Vaccinated
The vaccines given to puppies and adult dogs consist of core and non-core vaccines. The core vaccines are given to all dogs, and represent some of the more significant infectious diseases. These vaccines include: Rabies, Canine Distemper Virus, Adenovirus Type 2, Parainfluenza, and Canine Parvovirus. The non-core vaccines are catered more towards the lifestyle of the dog, meaning that their administration is dependent more on the risk of exposure to the disease. The vaccines that are available include: Bordatella bronchiseptica (Kennel Cough), Leptospirosis, and Borrelia burgdorferi (Lyme Disease).
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The Rabies virus is transmitted by the bite of an infected animal, most commonly bats, raccoons, skunks, and foxes. It causes a fatal brain and spinal cord infection, and signs of disease can vary from depression and dementia to aggressiveness. The virus can be shed for up to 14 days before signs of infection are apparent. The virus can be shed by the infected animal for a variable length of time, ranging from days to months. This disease is not only fatal to the infected animal, but is a considerable public health issue because it can be transmitted in the same manner to humans. Vaccination against Rabies is generally required by law, and is done once at 16 weeks of age and then boostered once a year. Depending on public health regulations, new three-year vaccines may now be used by your veterinarian.
Canine Distemper Virus
Distemper in dogs was once very common, but thanks to widespread vaccination, has now become quite rare and almost unheard of in vaccinated dogs. This virus affects multiple organ systems and can involve the brain. Again, signs of infection can vary and include discharge from the eyes and nose, coughing, vomiting, and diarrhea; neurological signs soon follow, progressing to trouble walking and seizures. Treatment is usually futile and the prognosis for survival is poor, which is why vaccination against this disease is so important. This vaccine is given at 8, 12, and 16 weeks, and then boostered once a year from then on.
Adenovirus Type 2
Canine Adenovirus Type 2 is a component of a syndrome known as Kennel Cough, characterized by a hacking cough, wheezing, and difficulty breathing. This vaccine also protects against Infectious Canine Hepatitis, an often acutely fatal disease that causes destruction of the liver. This vaccine is given to puppies along with the other core vaccines at 8, 12, and 16 weeks of age, and then boostered yearly.
This virus causes a respiratory infection known as Canine Infectious Tracheobronchitis, and is another major component of Kennel Cough. It is acquired by close contact with other infected dogs, most commonly at boarding facilities, dog parks, and puppy classes. Signs to watch for include: coughing, gagging, and retching. This vaccine is given in combination with the other core vaccines at 8, 12, and 16 weeks of age, and then boostered once a year from then on.
Canine Parvoviral Enteritis is a serious and not uncommon disease in unvaccinated puppies. The virus destroys the cells in the intestines, causing vomiting, diarrhea, and intestinal bleeding. Immune suppression can also result when the virus infects the bone marrow. For some unknown reason, there is evidence that Doberman Pinchers, Rottweilers, Pit Bulls, and Labrador Retrievers are more susceptible to infection. The virus persists for a long time in its environment, and thrives in unsanitary conditions. The vaccine for Canine Parvovirus is given to puppies in combination with the other core vaccines at 8, 12, and 16 weeks, and then once yearly.
Bordatella bronchiseptica (Kennel Cough) – Recommended But Not Required
Bordatella is another component of the syndrome known as Kennel Cough, and should be administered to high risk dogs. This consists of dogs being boarded or attending puppy classes, and many facilities now require vaccination before the dog can be admitted. The vaccine can be given via a squirt in the nose or injected under the skin, and yearly boosters are recommended to maintain immunity.
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Facts About Kennel Cough
Kennel cough is a fairly common ailment in dogs. People tend to associate it with dogs who either are being or recently have been boarded (or “kenneled”). But your dog need not be boarded to catch kennel cough. Kennel cough is caused by an airborne virus, which is highly contagious. Any time your dog is in the vicinity of any infected dog (including on walks or visits to the local dog park), the potential exists for the spreading of the infection to your dog. The incubation period is about 8-10 days, meaning your dog will not display any symptoms of the illness for about 8-10 days following exposure to the virus. Having a strong immune system is the best way to avoid coming down with symptoms if/when your dog is exposed to the virus. This is why not every dog in the kennel (or house) will get it if there is an outbreak.
Although there is a vaccine (bordatella) for Kennel Cough, it is often not effective in preventing infection. The most likely explanation for this is that there are many strains and mutations of the virus out there. Therefore, it is hit or miss whether the vaccine used on your dog will be the right one for the strain with which your dog comes into contact with. This is similar to the human “flu vaccine”; each year a vaccine is developed based on which strain(s) are suspected to be the most prevalent. Be aware that your dog can still catch the Kennel Cough virus even if they have been vaccinated against the virus.
The usual symptoms of Kennel Cough include a dry, ‘non-productive’ cough. The dog sounds as if there is something stuck or caught in the throat and the coughing is an unsuccessful attempt to dislodge the object. Sometimes the coughing/gagging seems very violent. The episodes of coughing may go on for minutes at a time and then be repeated at intervals. Of course you will want to check your dog and make certain that there is not anything actually stuck in the throat! One way you can ‘test’ for Kennel Cough is to press the throat gently, right in the collar area. If the dog has Kennel Cough, this will probably trigger some coughing.
If your dog does develop Kennel Cough symptoms, do not panic! The way this illness operates is analogous to the common cold that we humans sometimes catch; simply put: it must run its course. There is no magic pill or cure, but there are many ways to treat and ease the symptoms. The goal is to support the body (immune system) while it is healing itself. Antibiotics are NOT indicated (although they are routinely prescribed and used) because this is a virus, not a bacteria. Antibiotic use is actually thought to slow the healing process. Kennel cough generally will be gone in two weeks time or less, with or without antibiotics (but probably faster without).
Here are some ideas for natural treatments you may use to treat your dog’s Kennel Cough symptoms. None of these will harm your dog in any way, even if they do not even have Kennel Cough, but you may want to check with your own vet before giving them to your dog.
For boosting the immune system and fighting off infection:
- 500mg vitamin C 3x/day (250 mg for tiny dogs) (If you already supplement with vitamin C, great! But this is in addition to the regular daily dose and is spaced out during the day.)
- Echinacea (give a few drops, 3x/day, either directly into the mouth or on food)
- Goldenseal (same instructions as Echinacea)
- Colloidal Silver (Give just a drop or two, 3x/day. May be mixed with food or put into drinking water.)
For directly combating Kennel Cough virus:
- Bryonia (give 1-2 pellets/tablets 3x/day, allow no food for ten minutes before and after the dose. Most health food stores sell homeopathic remedies in the 6x or 6c potency, which is fine to use. If you have a choice of potencies, ask for 30c, which is a bit stronger. Homeopathy works when the correct remedy is matched to the correct symptoms, regardless of the potency of the remedy.)
- Drosera (same instructions as Bryonia)
For Soothing throat irritation:
- Honey (about a teaspoon for a small-med dog, a tablespoon for a larger dog 3x/day)
- Eliminate exposure to second hand smoke.
- Maintain humidity in the environment.
If you have more than one dog in your household, and one of them develops Kennel Cough, you can try to keep that one isolated from the infected dog to minimize exposure to your other dog(s). However, by the time your dog is symptomatic, the virus has probably already been “shared” with your other pets. Also, it would be a good pet ownership deed to refrain from taking your ill dog to obedience class, dogs shows, off leash parks, daycare, or any other dog-related event until they have recovered.
VIP Pet Care Requires your pet be vaccinated. Please note: We do not offer vaccination services.