Before reading Part 2 of this blog series, make sure you read Part 1. For many dog owners, worries about illness or harm from boarding are widespread. There are numerous ways to protect your furry friend so they may continue to socialize and you can enjoy your holidays worry-free. Here are some other concerns that dogs frequently encounter and some prevention advice:
- Kennel Cough – In social environments, dogs frequently exhibit this behavior. They frequently get a runny nose and develop a dry, hacking cough. Consult your veterinarian regarding the Bordetella vaccine, which is frequently required by boarding facilities.
- Prevention includes a vaccine, but not all dogs need to get this.
- Injuries – Most dogs at a doggy daycare are enjoying the time of their lives. Some canines may overdo it, particularly if they are accustomed to a sedentary lifestyle.
- Prevention measures include talking with the facility about playtime and exercise, and making sure your dog may take a rest during the day if they aren't used to the excessive stimulation. Take your dog to the vet if you observe them whining or limping so they may be examined.
- Heatstroke – You should keep a watchful eye out for signs of heatstroke in your dog during hot weather, such as increased panting and drooling, anxiety, weakness, collapse, and abnormal gum color. Unfortunately, it may be fatal.
- Prevention and treatment of heatstroke includes relocating the dog to a shady area and cooling it with cold, damp towels that are regularly replaced to maintain the desired temperature. If the dog is not improving soon, take it to the vet right away. If you have a dog that is sensitive to heat (like a pug or a bulldog), make sure they will be closely watched when outside on warm days by speaking with the boarding facility about how the dogs are observed while outside.
- Heartworms – This is transmitted by mosquitoes. Coughing, sluggishness, difficulty breathing, and even death are among the symptoms.
- Prevention is simple and can take many different forms. The best option for your dog should be discussed with your vet.
- Fungal infections – These are typically present in the soil and can infect dogs if they sniff, consume, or come into touch with the fungus through a skin wound. In Utah, coccidioidomycosis is the most common kind. Typically, these fungi infections move through the respiratory tracts and result in fever, coughing, lethargic symptoms, or symptoms resembling pneumonia. You'll probably get intestinal issues if you eat it.
- Prevention and treatment vary based on the type of fungus. Discuss your concerns with your veterinarian for the best treatment. Most reputable boarding facilities won't have these problems, so it's more likely that your dog would acquire this from a dog park, a walk, or your backyard.
Also of concern are rabies, ringworm, and poisonous flora. Reputable establishments, such as On The Spot Pet Care, are aware of these dangers and go above and beyond to safeguard their animal clients. If you have any queries, please contact us, and if your dog has contracted a serious illness, please take them to the vet immediately.