Kennel Cough – The Common Doggie Cold

dogcoughing1Everyone has heard of K-9 Cough or Kennel Cough, and some of us have first hand experience with it. It is equivalent to a human catching a cough or common cold that is going around. If your dog comes down with K-9 Cough he will start coughing, but his general health will remain the same he won’t loose his appetite, have a temperature, or feel lethargic. His incessant coughing will be annoying to both you and him, but life threatening cases of this infection are extremely rare, and dogs will often recover on their own in 7-21 days without any type of treatment. It is a good idea to take your dog to the vet for treatment just to be safe, and the veterinarian will prescribe cough suppressants or antibiotics. K-9 Cough is transmitted by a virus expelled from an infected dog. This virus can be airborne, or anywhere that an infected dog has been; say in a common water dish at the dog park. Just like humans have a higher chance of catching a cold in an enclosed and heavily populated environment like an airplane, elevator, or an office, dogs have a higher chance of catching a K-9 Cough in an enclosed area that is not well ventilated. Many dogs can be carriers without exhibiting symptoms themselves and a dog may carry the virus for several days after they have fully recovered. Just like in humans some dogs are especially susceptible to the virus whereas others seems to have a higher level of immunity to it. A dog may catch K-9 Cough from a Champion show dog at a show, from the dog down the street, or from the Vet’s office. Because it is often refereed to as Kennel Cough people associate K-9 Cough with a kennel. Though dogs can catch K-9 Cough in a kennel, it is often not the source of the infection. No matter how well ventilated, spacious, and hygienic the kennel is, there is still a possibility a dog may develop K-9 Cough. In many cases the cough will simply run its course and the dog will recover. In some cases it will persist and a veterinarian will prescribe an antibiotic to assist the dogs immune system. The best method of prevention is to vaccinate the dog twice a year with the Bordetella Vaccine. This will HELP prevent K-9 cough. The Bordetella vaccine acts much like the Flu vaccine in humans. It will minimize the risk of infection but will not completely prevent it. Also, you should be aware that once your dog has received this vaccine he may carry the symptoms and either pass the illness or contract it himself simply by being vaccinated. Really the bottom line is that your dog could pick up this common doggy cold anywhere, and although it’s no fun it’s not a big deal.

Mew Years!

You have your New Years resolutions and your pets have theirs.  As you start the year you should keep track of who is more S0071-14successful you or your pet at conquering those resolutions.

~I don’t need to suddenly stand up while lying under the coffee table.
~I don’t need to go through the trash while my parents are out.
~I will remember the Trash Collector is not stealing!
~I will remember the Mail Man is a nice man, oh and he doesn’t taste good.
~My head doesn’t belong in the refrigerator.
~I will no longer be beholden to the sound of the can opener.
~I will grow opposable thumbs!
~I will start feeding myself and decide for myself how much is TOO MUCH!
~January 1st: Kill the sock! Must kill the sock!
~January 2nd to December 31st: Re-live victory over the sock.
~I will remember the sofa is not a scratching post, no matter how tempting.

ENTER to WIN!

This weekend don’t forget to come out and join Fit’N’Furry at the Santa Rosa Home Show and Family Expo at the Sonoma County Fairgrounds. If you stop by Fit’N’Furry’s booth we will give you a Bark Buck, plus you can enter yourself in the drawing to WIN the GRAND PRIZE. To find out more about the prizes go to www.fitnfurrynews.com, you can even add yourself to the drawing from this site and we have some FREE training tips for you! We will see you at the Expo.

Are the Dogs REALLY Playing?

Have you even been at a dog park watching you pooch play, then things start to get a little more serious? All the other owners say, “Their just playing, let them have fun.” However, it is not always a good idea to let the dogs continue playing when they get too excited. There is such a thing as good and bad play, just because the dogs are playing does not mean it is appropriate behavior. We all need to remember that play is shaping our dogs behavior, and certain behaviors can develop into problems over time, both with dogs and humans.

There are some characteristics of Good Play, both dogs should be willing participants, that is one dog should not be pushing another into activity. There should always be a loose body language throughout the play session, and no one should be getting hurt or yelping in pain. If the play is to hard and fast many times things will escalate and the play can turn into a fight very quickly. Pay close attention to whether your dog is actually having fun or engaging his prey drive. Many times all that is needed is a brief distraction or interruption from you to change the tone of the play time.

Bay Area Pet Fair – FREE $350 Worth of Doggie Goodies?!

The Bay Area Pet Fair and FitnFurryNews.com is your spot for $350 worth of FREE Doggie Goodies. The Pet Fair is in Marin at the Civic Center on September 6th & 7th.

FitnFurry Put together a great Package for attendees of the Bay Area Pet Fair Event in Marin- See Below;

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To Register to WIN – You must go to www.FitnFurryNews.com. Register just once and you can win the fabulous prizes!! Also Come by the booth to see if you won one of the GOLDEN FIRE HYDRANT Prizes.

Check out the Special Dog Training Tips BELOW for the attendees of the Bay Area Pet Fair .

www.FitnFurryNews.com Bay Area Pet Fair Training Tip #3 – Wait

www.FitnFurrynews.com and the Bay Area Pet Fair in Marin at the Civic Center. The Bay Area Pet Fair and Adoptathon features a multi-agency adoption and and rescue event. Bay Area Pet Fair San Rafael.

Do you ever have your dog running out of the door ahead of you? That can be dangerous and they can run away and now you have to go and find them. Well No More! Teach your dog to Wait at the Door when you open it – WATCH the TRAINING TIP BELOW!

www.FitnFurryNews.com Bay Area Pet Fair Training Tip#2 – Pulling Dog

www.FitnFurrynews.com and the Bay Area Pet Fair in Marin at the Civic Center. The Bay Area Pet Fair and Adoptathon features a multi-agency adoption and and rescue event. Pet Adoption & Pet Fun Fair. Check out the Training tip from FitnFurry who will be at the Bay Area Pet Fair on Saturday and Sunday, September 6 & 7.

Are you Leading Your Dog – Or are They Leading You? Learn how to stop a Pulling Dog. Save your arm and the frustration of a Dog that Pulls with this New Training Tip from FitnFurryNews.

www.FitnFurryNews.com Bay Area Pet Fair Training Tip #1 – The Come

www.FitnFurrynews.com and the Bay Area Pet Fair in Marin at the Civic Center. The Bay Area Pet Fair and Adoptathon features a multi-agency adoption and and rescue event. Pet Adoption & Pet Fun Fair. Check out the Training tip from FitnFurry who will be at the Bay Area Pet Fair on Saturday and Sunday, September 6 & 7.

Have you ever asked your dog to come to you? If you do, do they run straight to you or do they ignore you and keep sniffing around or chase the cat anyways? This tip will allow you to have your pet come to you when you call them in any situation.