As some of you may have heard there is an outbreak of a respiratory infection affecting dogs. This outbreak was first reported in New Hampshire last year and has now been documented in about 14 states across the US. As we reported before, the cause is unknown but what we do know is that affected dogs quickly become sick and tend to develop pneumonia. Most dogs will recover although some have died. The treatment is supportive in nature and may involve the need to hospitalize your pet. It may take weeks for your dog to recover.
If your dog develops a cough, runny nose, lethargy, decreased activity, decreased appetite or difficulty breathing you should call us immediately. If we are not open, please contact an emergency or urgent care center for guidance or treatment if needed.
Pets most at risk are those having contact with other dogs routinely, such as in a daycare or boarding situation, dog park and pet store exposure. We are recommending that anyone whose dogs routinely have contact with other dogs be more vigilant for early signs of illness. All dog owners should limit their dogs contacts to other dogs, particularly transient contact with dogs of unknown health status. Keep your dog away from sick dogs. Isolate your dog if they become sick. Make sure your dog’s vaccinations are current.
You’ve heard of a pocket watch, but what about a pocket pet? That’s right, a pocket pet is a small, furry little pet that can fit straight in your pocket! The pets that fall into this category are animals like rats, hamsters, hedgehogs, gerbils, and their slighter larger counterparts such as chinchillas, or guinea pigs. While these pets may not require daily walks or get excited about belly rubs, they’re still fun and unique animals.
Before you decide to go out and purchase a pocket pet, it’s important that you know what type of living arrangement it needs, what it eats, if it needs exercise, and what type of veterinary care may be necessary. Each of the tiny pets listed above should be cared for just as traditional pets. To learn more about each of these pocket pets, read the articles below.