Kennel cough is a fairly common ailment in dogs. People tend to associate it with dogs who either are being or recently have been boarded (or "kenneled"). But your dog need not be boarded to catch kennel cough. Kennel cough is caused by an airborne virus, which is highly contagious. Any time your dog is in the vicinity of an infected dog, the potential exists for infection. Having a strong immune system is best way to avoid coming down with symptoms if/when your dog is exposed to the virus. This is why not every dog in the kennel (or house) will get it if there is an outbreak.
Although there is a vaccine (Bordatella) for Kennel Cough, it is often not effective in preventing infection. The most likely explanation for this is that there are many strains and mutations of the virus out there. Therefore, it is hit or miss whether the vaccine used on your dog will be the right one for the strain with which your dog comes into contact. This is similar to the "flu shot" for people; each year a vaccine is developed based on which strain(s) are suspected to be most prevalent. Be aware that your dog can still catch Kennel Cough even if s/he has had a shot to prevent it.
The usual symptoms of Kennel Cough include a dry, "non-productive" cough. The dog sounds as if there is something stuck or caught in the throat and the coughing is an unsuccessful attempt to dislodge the object. Sometimes the coughing/gagging seems very violent. The episodes of coughing may go on for minutes at a time and then be repeated at intervals. Of course you will want to check your dog and make certain that there is not anything actually stuck in the throat! One way you can "test" for Kennel Cough is to press the throat gently, right in the collar area. If the dog has Kennel Cough, this will probably trigger some coughing.
If your dog does develop Kennel Cough symptoms, do not panic! The way this illness operates is analogous to the common cold that we humans sometimes catch; simply put: it must run its course. There is no magic pill or cure, but there are many ways to treat and ease the symptoms. The goal is to support the body (immune system) while it is healing itself. Antibiotics are NOT indicated (although they are routinely prescribed and used) because this is a virus, not a bacteria. Antibiotic use is actually thought to slow the healing process. Kennel cough generally will be gone in two weeks time or less, with or without antibiotics (but probably faster without).
VACCINATIONS PROTECT YOUR PET
1.VACCINATIONS ARE GIVEN TO PREVENT THE DEVELOPMENT OF SPECIFIC INFECTIOUS DISEASES.
2.VACCINES DO NOT CAUSE A DISEASE, BUT ACT AS A STIMULUS TO YOUR PET'S IMMUNE SYSTEM, CAUSING IT TO PRODUCE ANTIBODIES CAPABLE OF PROTECTING YOUR PET AGAINST THOSE SPECIFIC DISEASES, ANTIBODIES FIGHT DISEASES. ANTIBODIES FIGHT DISEASE BY KILLING DISEASE-CAUSING ORGANISMS WITHIN THE BODY.
3.ANTIBODY LEVELS PRODUCED BY THE INITIAL VACCINATION DIMINISH WITH TIME, WHEN YOUR PET IS REVACCINATED, ITS IMMUNE SYSTEM IS STIMULATED TO " REMEMBER" THE SPECIFIC DISEASE ORGANISM AND MANUFACTURE MORE OF THE APPROPRIATE ANTIBODIES.
4.VACCINES ARE NOT GUARANTEED TO PREVENT DISEASE BECAUSE TOO MANY VARIABLES ARE INVOLVED. THE MOST IMPORTANT FACTOR IS THE IMMUNE SYSTEM OF THE INDIVIDUAL PET. LIKE PEOPLE, PETS HAVE VARYING ABILITIES TO RESPOND TO VACCINES AND FIGHT OFF AN INFECTION. SOME ANIMALS NATURALLY RESPOND BETTER TO VACCINATIONS THAN OTHERS.
VERY YOUNG PUPS, AS WELL AS AGING PETS, APPEAR TO HAVE DIMINISHED ABILITY TO RESPOND TO VACCINATIONS, IN SUCH CASES, IT IS CRITICAL THAT THE PET BE REVACCINATED AT THE APPROPRIATE INTERVAL. AN ANIMAL THAT IS UNDERWEIGHT, PREGNANT, OR STRESSED BECAUSE OF A SERIOUS INFESTATION OF PARASITES OR OTHER ILLNESS ALSO MAY RESPOND POORLY TO VACCINATIONS.
IF AN ANIMAL IS EXPOSED TO DISEASE SHORTLY BEFORE OR AFTER VACCINATION IT MAY NOT HAVE SUFFICIENT TIME TO DEVELOP IMMUNITY FROM THE VACCINATION BEFORE IT BECOMES SICK. THIS OFTEN OCCURS IN PETS ADOPTED FROM SHELTERS WHERE THEY HAVE BEEN EXPOSED TO ALL SORTS OF DISEASES. REMEMBER THAT IT TAKES TIME FOR A DISEASE TO DEVELOP AFTER EXPOSURE, AND THE VACCINE MAY NOT HAVE ENOUGH TIME TO ACTIVATE THE PET'S IMMUNE SYSTEM IF THE DISEASE IS ALREADY WORKING IN THE PET'S BODY.
5. NORMAL PUPPIES, WHICH ARE ALLOWED TO NURSE, ABSORB ANTIBODIES FROM THEIR MOTHER'S MILK. THIS ONLY OCCURS DURING THE FIRST 6-12 HOURS OF LIFE AND IS ONLY PRESENT IN THE MOTHER'S "FIRST MILK". THESE ANTIBODIES DEFEND AGAINST DISEASE UNTIL THE YOUNG ANIMAL'S IMMUNE SYSTEM IS ABLE TO DO SO.
6.VACCINATIONS FOR DOGS THAT ARE RECOMMENDED INCLUDE: DISTEMPER, HEPATITIS, LEPTPSPIROSIS, PARAINFLUENZA, PARVO VIRUS, CORONA VIRUS, AND RABIES.
We cannot state enough how important resting will be for your teacup size puppy, too much activity will harm your pup. Do not allow your puppy around other dogs and limit the playing to 10 to 15 minutes then a couple of hours of rest.
As you know you have just purchased one of the smallest of the small. They will need constant, love, care and delicate handling until they weigh about 2.5 lbs. or are older than 6 months of age.
1) Understand that the puppy being purchased is an extremely small. Furthermore, the buyer understand additional care will needed to insure the health and well being of the puppy. With out the proper care this size pup can and will suffer from hypoglycemia, dehydration etc.
2) Make sure the puppy has food and water at all times with easy access.
3) Give Enercal, Nutristat or Nutrical this is a glucose based supplement which is needed for additional calories. Portion should be about a jelly bean size 3 times per day.
4) PLEASE make sure that the puppy gets rest. Do not let him/her play too long for the first three weeks at least. Let them play for 15 minutes maximum and then have them take a nap. Minimize their activity level so their blood sugar level does not drop. Leave them alone so they can eat. If puppy ever looks lethargic, give 1 teaspoon of Karo or pancake syrup. Then call me immediately.
5) Puppies are easily stressed by excessive holding. Buyer should limit holding the puppy to 15 minutes per hour. Never let young children stand and hold your pup, seated on the floor is recommended, a drop of as little as 12" can injure or kill. The dropping of a pup is the number one cause of injury or death to a puppy with pressure trauma such as being stepped on second.
6) Do not get the pup wet or give a bath for at least 14 days after getting the pup home. If the pup has a area that needs cleaning, use a wash cloth, then blow dry with a warm air dryer.
Yourpup.com recommends that the buyer does not depart from this routine until your pup is at least 2.5 lbs. or over 6 months of age.
Have these at home:
1. IAMS brand dry puppy food, can puppy food, and cottage cheese.
2. Nutrical/Nutrastat (Provided by Yourpup.com when a pup is under 2.5 lbs.).
3. Chicken and Gravy baby food (jar) Del Monte or Gerber's.
4. Syringe-35cc (NO NEEDLE) (Provided by Yourpup.com when a pup is under 2.5 lbs.).
5. Karo Syrup or pancake syrup.
If for any reason your puppy looks lethargic please do the following:
This is most likely Hypoglycemia the sooner you treat the better! This will be noticed normally after resting or as they awake after sleeping.
A) Call me ASAP.
B) Give your puppy two teaspoons of Karo syrup or pancake syrup and 30 minutes after if possible give 15cc of chicken and gravy human baby food with the aid of a feeding syringe if required. Then 30 to 60 minutes later give 15cc of baby food again, try to have the puppy drink some water or pedialyte. Offer water at all times.
C) Continue every 4 hours (even at night) to feed 15cc of baby food and Nutrical after.
Information on this page is not intended to be a substitute for Veterinarian care.
QUESTION: WHAT DO I FEED MY PUP AND WHEN?
IAM's or EUKANUBA DRY DOG, CAN PUPPY FOOD. PUPS UNDER 2.5 LBS. OR 6 MONTHS OF AGE MAY REQUIRE A DIFFERENT DIET INCUDING CHICKEN AND GRAVY HUMAN BABY FOOD, COTTAGE CHEESE, CUT UP CHICKEN ETC. IF YOU CHANGE DRY FOOD, ADD 25% NEW FOOD FIRST WEEK, 50% SECOND WEEK AND 75% THE THIRD WEEK.
QUESTION: WHAT CAN I DO TO KEEP MY PUPS TEETH HEALTHY?
PROVIDE CHEW BONES, CHEW HOOVES, AND HOG EARS, MILK BONES, BRUSHING IS THE BEST WAY TO INSURE HEALTHY TEETH AND GUMS.
QUESTION: I WANT MY PUP TO BE TO BE HAPPY, WHAT CAN I DO?
OBEDIENCE TRAINING, TOYS, LOVE AND AFFECTION, A PUP LOVES ATTENTION.
QUESTION: HOW CAN I DO A WORMING? IF YOU ARE NOT COMFORTABLE WITH THIS PROCEDURE SEE YOUR VETERANARIAN.
ORAL WORMING WITH PANACUR (HORSE WORMER) OR SAFEGUARD (CATTLE WORMER):
1 CC OF WORMER PER 5 POUNDS, 3 DAYS IN A ROW, AND EVERY 2 WEEKS UNTIL PUPPY IS 16 WEEKS OLD. EVERY 3 MONTHS, OVER A 3 DAY PERIOD FOR THE LIFE OF THE DOG.
QUESTION: HOW TO DO A HEART WORMING?IF YOU ARE NOT COMFORTABLE WITH THIS PROCEDURE SEE YOUR VETERANARIAN.
ORAL HEART WORMING WITH IVOMEC (CATTLE WORMER AND DISTILLED WATER:
PREVENTATIVE BEGINS AT 3 MONTHS OF AGE. 1CC OF IVOMEC TO 30 CCS OF DISTILLED WATER. KEEP CAPPED IN REFRIGERATOR ONCE A MONTH ABOUT THE SAME DAY, SHAKE BOTTLE, and DRAW UP ICC PER TWENTY POUNDS, SQUIRT IN MOUTH USE A SYRINGE FOR ACCURATE MEASUREMENT.
QUESTION: WHAT CAN I USE TO INSURE A HEALTHY SKIN AND COAT
ONCE A WEEK GIVE THE PUPPY A TBLS. OF CHEAP SARDINES IN OIL. BY 5 MONTHS 3 TBLS. 1 YEAR & OLDER 1 CAN PER WEEK. BRUSH AND BRUSH HAIR, STIMULATES OIL GLANDS IN SKIN PRODUCING HEALTHY SKIN AND SHINY COAT. TOO MUCH BATHING CAN LEAD TO SKIN PROBLEMS. SO BRUSH MORE THAN BATHE.
QUESTION:HOW DO COMFORT MY PUPPY ON HIS FIRST NIGHT IN MY HOME?
YOU ARE THE ONLY COMFORT RIGHT NOW. PUT A PAIR OF YOUR WORN SOCKS OR T-SHIRT IN THE CRATE WITH YOUR PUP.
HOW DO I CLEAN MY PUPS EARS:?
1CC OF IVOMEC TO 3 CCS BABY OIL STORED IN A JAR. SHAKE. USE AN EYEDROPPER, SQUIRT FULL DROPPER INTO BOTH EARS. LEAVE IN EARS WHILE GIVING BATH THEN SQUISH EARS WITH FINGERS TO CLEAN. FINISH BY REMOVING DEBRIS AND EXCESS OIL WITH Q-TIPS CAREFULLY.
QUESTION: HOW DO I CLEAN MY PUP?
WASH WITH WASH CLOTH UNTIL AT LEAST 12 WEEKS OLD. USE A MILD DOG OR BABY SHAMPOO.
QUESTION:HOW DO I POTTY TRAIN?
THIS IS ANSWERED MANY WAYS, BASICALLY REPETITION IS THE KEY.
HOW DO I PROTECT MY PUP FROM FLEAS TICKS AND THE DISEASES THEY PROMOTE SUCH AS LYMES DISEASE:
THERE ARE SEVERAL MEDICATIONS TO CHOOSE FROM FRONTLINE AND ADVANTAGE WORK VERY WELL, "REVOLUTION" IN OUR OPINION IS THE BEST AS IT TREATS HEARTWORM AND VARIOUS SKIN CONDITIONS AS WELL.
HOW COME MY PUP DOESNT DO THE RIGHT THINGS?
HE OR SHE DOES NOT HAVE HOURS AND HOURS OF TRAINING TO DO TRICKS, HEEL ON COMMAND, OR POTTY WHERE YOU WANT THEM TOO.
HAVE FUN SPENDING TIME AND GETTING TO KNOW YOUR PUP!
WHAT IS HYPOGLYCEMIA?
(Low blood sugar)
This is a central nervous system disorder caused by low blood sugar. It occurs mainly in Toy and Teacups breeds less than 2.5 lbs or six months of age.
The first signs are those of listlessness & depression. They are followed by muscular weakness, tremors & later convulsions, coma & death. The entire sequence is not always seen. The dog may appear to be depressed or weak, wobbly, jerky, or the puppy may be found in a comatose state.
Hypoglycemia can occurwithout warning when a puppy is placed in a new home. It may appear after a puppy awakes from rest most often in the morning after the puppy has been exhausted from too much playing, activity, not eating enough or to cool of a living area, all of these will add strain on the energy reserves of the liver & bring on symptoms.
Treatment is directed at restoring blood levels of glucose. Begin at once. Prolonged or repeated attacks can cause permanent damage to the brain and be fatal. If the puppy is awake, give Karo syrup, pancake syrup or sugar by mouth. You should begin to see improvement in 30 minutes or less. When unconscious, a puppy will have to be given a dextrose solution intravenously. It may be necessary to treat for swelling of the brain. A veterinarian should be called at once.
Prevent recurrent attacks by feeding a quality puppy food high in protein & add a little sugar, syrup and a glucose supplement such as Enercal, Nutrical or Nutristat. See that the puppy eats often and watch for bowel movement.
Owners of Toy and Teacups puppies should not overtire them or allow them to chill.
Give your puppy two teaspoons of Karo syrup or pancake syrup and 30 minutes after give to 15cc of baby food. Then 30 minutes later give 15cc of baby food again, try to have the puppy drink some water or pedialyte. Offer water at all times.
Then continue every 4 hours (even at night) to feed 15cc of baby food and Nutrical after.
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Buyer's who choose euthanasia will have no guarantee. A necropsy provided by the owner is mandatory should a puppy expire, if this is due to a congenital defect we will replace the pup with a pup we feel is equal in value, as we do not refund monies.
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