Boarding Your Pet 101

Great Information to know when boarding your fur baby!

Dog Boarding 101 tipsWhen dogs are away from home and out of their routine, stress plays an important role regarding your pet’s health. When boarding your pet, the most common things we see as a pet care facility are generally stress induced. Diarrhea, vomiting, lethargy, and illness are very common when your pet is away from his/her natural home routine.

Stress can be caused by a variety of factors: being away from home and loved ones, a new environment, other dogs, new noises, different smells, the people associated with a pet care facility, a change in food or water…the list goes on. Whatever triggers a stress reaction also triggers physical changes in your pet.

The pituitary gland releases a hormone called ACTH into the bloodstream, which in turn signals the adrenal glands to release epinephrine and other natural steroids. Each of these products serves to get the body ready to react (the old “fight or flight” pattern). So the hormones have effects on various body systems. For example, blood pressure increases and the heart has to work harder; the kidney and urinary systems slow down; the immune system, which fights off disease and infections, shuts down temporarily. We may see physical signs of vomiting, diarrhea, lack of appetite, lethargy, or increased respiration. Continue reading »

Canine Influenza or H3N8 Virus

*Information pulled from the CDC website.

What is canine influenza (dog flu)?

Dog flu is a contagious respiratory disease in dogs caused by a specific Type A influenza virus referred to as a “canine influenza virus.”

This particular flu has been around since 2004 and has been well known by veterinarians.

What are the signs of this infection in dogs?

The signs of this illness in dogs are cough, runny nose and fever, however, a small portion of dogs can develop severe disease. This mimics an upper respiratory infection in dogs. The one main difference is your dog will run a fever.

How serious is the dog flu?

The percentage of dogs infected with this disease that die is very small. It’s similar to the flu in humans where you have seniors and those with weak immune systems that have a more severe reaction. Much like with people, if the flu in an elderly patient is not treated and pneumonia develops then it can become fatal. Continue reading »