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PREVENTING HEAT STROKE IN DOGS
— July 2011 —
Summer is Heat Stroke season. Heat Stroke is a silent killer and it is much easier to prevent than to treat. Please read the following links for more information on how to protect your dog.

http://www.wikihow.com/Prevent-Heat-Stroke-in-Dogs

http://www.healthypets.com/heatstroke.html

http://www.workingdogs.com/deboer_heatstroke.htm



KENNEL COUGH
— May 2011 —
“Kennel Cough” is a catch all term for a number of bugs that make dogs cough. It can be compared to the human flu or the common cold. The term originated back when dogs “lived in the yard” and rarely interacted with other dogs, they usually didn’t develop immunity to infectious diseases that they are exposed to these days. Then, when they were boarded at a kennel, they came home with “kennel cough.”

In general, “kennel cough” type illnesses are airborne. What this means is that your dog can catch it by breathing the same air as an infected dog. Dogs can contract these illnesses anywhere they come into contact with other dogs. In addition to kennels, the list includes multi-unit buildings, dog parks, the dogs on the sidewalk and even your vet's office. Additionally, a dog can spread “kennel cough” even though it shows no sign of illness.

These days, with the prevalence of dog parks and daycares, kennel cough is spread much more commonly. While there is a vaccine for bordatella, it is not effective in combating all of the forms of kennel cough. Fortunately, the main culprits that cause kennel cough are generally treatable.

We recommend that you do vaccinate your dog for bordatella. Although it is not a guarantee that your dog will not get sick, it can reduce the severity of an infection.

Dogs with a cough will be required to stay home until they have fully recovered. Please keep in mind that kennel cough can lead to secondary infections like pneumonia, which are much more dangerous.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kennel_cough

http://www.dogs-n-u.com/bordatellashots.htm



GIARDIA IN DOGS
— January 2011 —
Giardia is a concern any time of year. Especially after a rain or when the snow melts. It is found in the feces of infected animals and can live in water for a long period of time. If your dog gets infected, the most common symptom is diarrhea. Other symptoms are vomiting, loss of appetite and weight loss. If you suspect that your dog has Giardia, you should visit your vet for diagnosis and treatment.

http://www.vetinfo4dogs.com/dgiardia.html

http://www.workingdogs.com/doc0119.htm

http://www.dogscatshealth.com/2008/10/giardia-in-dogs.html

http://www.lowchensaustralia.com/health/giardia.htm