As pet care professionals, we here at Elliot’s House Pet Care + More understand the importance of vaccinations. Keeping your pup’s vaccinations up to date is the easiest way to ensure they stay happy and healthy. Vaccines are essential for social dogs that go on frequent walks to the dog park and visit daycare on a regular basis. Vaccinations do not guarantee that your pup won’t catch something while out with other dogs, but they help to protect your pup against communicable diseases and reduce the chance of a disease spreading around the dog park or daycare.
Up until 2015, most dog daycares only required Bordetella, Rabies, and Distemper vaccinations. These vaccinations are considered the “Big Three” by most pet care specialists as they help to prevent the spread of kennel cough and distemper while ensuring that attendants are protected from contracting rabies. This all changed in 2015 when a massive outbreak of dog flu (canine influenza) hit the United States. The outbreak affected thousands of dogs initially and the virus quickly spread across more than half of the country in the span of nine months. Since this outbreak, veterinarians and other pet care specialists have increasingly called for pet parents to consider vaccinating their pup against canine influenza. In this post, we will look into the causes of canine influenza, what we currently know about canine influenza and the best ways to prevent and treat canine influenza.
Canine Influenza, also known as the dog flu, was first recognized in 2004, but the first major outbreak didn’t occur until 2015. In 2015, the H3N2 strain of canine influenza popped up for the first time in the United States. The virus spread quickly across the United States and now outbreaks of the H3N2 strain and the newer H3N8 strain of Canine Influenza occur in nearly every state.
Almost all dogs are susceptible to the strains of Canine Influenza when they are exposed because it is a newer virus and they have no built up natural immunity. Most dogs that develop an infection caused by this virus only experience mild symptoms, but some dogs get very sick and require treatment by a licensed veterinarian. Dog flu can pass between dogs via coughing, dog kisses, and shared toys/bowls. Humans can also transfer the virus between dogs if they do not properly sanitize themselves after touching an infected dog. A dog can be infected with dog flu for 2-4 days before any symptoms are present. Common symptoms are persistent cough, nasal discharge, and fever. It is important to get your dog tested by the veterinarian if they have a canine cough as Dog Flu symptoms can sometimes seem like other respiratory infections. Most clinics have multiple methods to test for both strains of Dog Flu (CIV H3N8 and CIV H3N2). Once a dog is infected symptoms can last from 7-10 days depending on the dog.
The best method of prevention for Canine Influenza is vaccination. There are vaccinations that protect your dog from both strains of the Dog Flu all in one vaccination. Other than vaccination being attentive and careful when socializing your dog is important. Airborne diseases can spread quickly so if you think that your dog has been exposed it is best to book an appointment with your family veterinarian as soon as possible.
If you are looking for more information on the Dog Flu, visit www.dogflu.com for in-depth information from a network of trusted veterinarians.
New Boarding Location
Elliot has found us a new home! With Elliot working so hard, we have had increased inquiries for boarding, and we decided it was time to expand! We have secured a new boarding location to better serve our growing number clients. It is a beautiful spot with plenty of land for all of Elliot’s fur friends to run and play! Elliot bought plenty of balls, Frisbees, and fun toys for him and all of his buddies. The location is completely secured, with a PVC/concrete safeguarded fence around the property. There is even enough space for a pool! And don’t say anything, but Elliot told me he has future plans to build one for him and his friends to swim! We are beyond excited to be able to offer this new feature to our clients and we cannot wait for our fur clients to indulge in their new vacation spot!
Elliot has already started the fun!
With so many brands out there today it can be difficult to decide what the best selection of dog food will be best for your pet. I think most people get advice from their vets on what brands to use and which ones not to; but on the other hand I think that many people just go to the store and grab whatever looks yummy for their pet. What those people don’t always know is that there are so many brands out there that are just flat out false advertising their “organic” and “all natural” dog food. Just like we as humans need to be cautious about the chemicals and artificial fillers in our food, our fur babies do too! Feeding your dog food that has chemicals and low-quality ingredients can lead to both physical and mental health issues like obesity, digestive problems, poor temperament, and lack of focus. I was recently shown a great article on this dilemma, where researchers, expert contributors, and dog owners gave their two cents on health and safety of dog food over the last several years, how to look for food that is beneficial for your dog, and which ones they found to be the best. Check out the link: http://www.reviews.com/dog-food/
Like the article says…
“Don’t trust the brand trust the ingredients.”
And keep watching Elliot hard at work!
So in this day in age it can be extremely difficult to find a cool pad to settle into for you and your fur love. I don’t know about you, but when I’ve looked for rentals in the Boston area, it can be slim pickings when it comes to finding a true pet friendly environment. Lucky for you guys, there’s the Kensington! Located downtown, the Kensington is a pet friendly luxury apartment building that caters to you and all of your pet needs! The building is a beautiful, modern establishment, with great staff, amazing residents, and the cutest fur friends! I have to say I am lucky to have the opportunity to work with such remarkable individuals on a regular basis (both human and fur alike)! Every month they have fun events for residents and some even incorporate your pets! They introduce up and coming businesses of all kind to suit your needs and make city living a breeze! They have a 24 hour concierge and have numerous amenities on site, like a pet spa, solarium, yoga studio, pool, fitness center, business center, car cleaning and detail services, charging station, theatre tickets, dinner reservations, dry cleaning, laundry service, and more! They have everything! Also, I can’t tell you how amazing it is to walk into a building that doesn’t blink twice if your dog does something crazy like pee in the lobby or knock over a bowl of treats! I’m telling you if you have a pet and you are looking for a place in town, check out the Kensington!
Here are some more of Elliot’s fur friends from the Kensington!
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