Canine Influenza: Protecting Your Pooch

 

Very tired dogMuch like us, just about any time you put a group of dogs in close contact with one another, the potential for infectious disease transmission abounds. Kennel cough, intestinal parasites, fleas… places like boarding facilities and dog parks are often reminiscent of a daycare center at flu season.

Recently, dog owners have been increasingly concerned about canine influenza. With a recent outbreak in the Midwest, this highly contagious disease is on everyone’s radar. While infectious diseases are a very real thing, they are not a reason to not allow your pet to socialize. There is no reason that your pet can’t continue to enjoy the company of his or her fellow doggy friends. With a little care and preventative effort, you can decrease your dog’s risk of contracting infectious diseases, including canine influenza. Continue…

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Dog Walking: Pro Tips for Pet Safety

dogs going for a walkFor many of us, it is safe to say the last thing on our minds right now is spending time outdoors. With temps dipping into the teens and low 20s, we’re typically going to require a pretty compelling reason for donning our winter gear and getting outside. However, while it is a bit tough to cultivate some enthusiasm for the chill of winter, it isn’t as hard to generate a warm feeling for our pet pooch.

Our canine companions need daily exercise – and this often comes in the form of walking. Dog walking is more than exercise, though, as it allows your pet necessary socialization which keeps him or her accustomed to other dogs, people, and new sights, sounds, and smells. Continue…

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Dog Flu: The Canine Influenza Vaccine

dog lying on bed with cannula in vein taking infusionMany of you probably get vaccinated for the flu each year, but did you know that there is a flu shot for dogs, too? While the flu that affects people and canine influenza share the same name, they are actually not the same virus. Canine influenza only affects dogs and can be a very serious disease, yet few pet owners know it even exists. Continue…