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Kennel Cough - Parvo - Lyme
These are awful diseases and some are more common then others. Taking your dog in for its yearly shots can keep your pet healthy.
Always see your veterinarian when you pet is ill. These are only guidelines to help you understand the seriousness of each infectious disease.
This is a highly contagious disease of dogs that spreads rapidly. You will know this disease because when your dog coughs its a extremely harsh dry and spastic cough and can even cough so hard it seems like your dog catch its breath. The dog will otherwise look and seem fine. You should keep your dog away from any other dog for a two week period and although your dog will still want to go outside and play you must provide your pet with plenty of rest and MILD exercising such as walks.
Also note: To prevent the chances of your pet getting this awful disease make sure your dog gets its yearly shots. If your pet comes down with Kennel Cough immediately notify your veterinarian and when entering the office notify the receptionist that your dog has kennel cough so a room can immediately be provided. Like a flu shot the vet will provide your pet with a shot that may work or may not depending on the strain. However, it can lessen the symptoms.
Think of this as being similar to a real bad flu cough that people get and treat it as such except it is highly contagious. Your pet may not be able to rest so ask your vet for cough suppressants and although the disease cannot be cured with a antibiotic shot it will help prevent secondary infections.
The Parvo virus is highly contagious, it is transmitted from one dog to another by means of contaminated feces. It can be carried on the dog's hair and feet, as well as on contaminated cages and shoes. Dogs of all ages are affected, but highest mortality occurs among young puppies. This is a very serious and can be a fatal disease. Make sure your puppy get the initial shots, they provided the necessary response to engage and build the puppies immune system.
Walk your puppy on a clean area such as a sidewalk. Keep your puppy away from strange animals and out of areas where animals wonder and congregate such as grassy parks. You must protect your pet until ALL its shots are given and its immunity has had a chance to build which is about FIVE MONTHS or twenty weeks.
You can allow your dog to be with other dogs that have had their shots but remember, other dogs may have gone out to the beach or park and stepped in contaminated feces so be careful! I've seen this first hand and it is the most devastating and suffering thing I've ever witnessed for the dog and the owner AND it is VERY EXPENSIVE!!
There is a incubation period of about 7 to 14 days and normally the first signs are complete loss of appetite then as the day wears on the dog will have a VERY high fever and and extremely bad diarrhea that will most likely have blood in it.
In puppies less than three months it can effect the muscles of the heart causing the puppy to gasp for air, suffer and die within a few day. In some cases even those that recover may have heart failure and can die within a few months.
If a area has been contaminated the best disinfectant is CLOROX. Use one part to twenty parts of water. Use this in the yard on the sidewalk where ever the dog might have gone to the bathroom.
Lyme Disease is a common tick-borne illness. This disease is typically found during the summer months and in hot and wooded areas including areas that have a lot of brush. The signs are typically swollen joints which are sensitive to touch including a high fever. A blood test can easily detect this disease.
When you return from a hike or walk in a wooded area such as a mountain trail ALWAYS check your pet for ticks.
You may want to pick up a tick remover from your local pet store. A tick buries its head into the skin to drink so NEVER just rip out the tick out. By pulling on the tick you can break the head off leaving it under the skin which can cause an infection. You can remove the tick by heating up a pair of tweezers and by carefully touching the tick it will release its hold and you can then remove it.
If your pet get Lyme Disease there is a shot. However, symptoms can last for months so be careful and check your pet for ticks.
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