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Practical Tips if Your Dog Has Kennel Cough

Wednesday, December 4th, 2013

Kennel cough is described as the inflammation of your pet’s respiratory system, more particularly the upper part of the lungs. Kennel cough is very common in dog centers, especially in crowded shelters.
This disease is airborne, meaning dogs living within the same area are at high risks of acquiring it. Kennel cough is a highly contagious disease and it is very similar to human cough.

If you suspect that your dog has kennel cough, take it to the vet right away. It always pays to be sure whether your dog just has a mild case of cough or a more complicated respiratory disease. The vet would perform the necessary diagnosis for your pet and he can give your dog the medicines that it need.

But aside from following the vet’s orders, you also have to do several things to speed up your pet’s recovery. Milder cases of kennel cough rarely require medication. But it is still necessary to give your pet the drugs that the vet had prescribed. Antibiotics are usually prescribed to dogs with kennel cough. And they have to take it as frequently as indicated in order to experience eventual relief from the disease.

If your dog has kennel cough, try to keep it away from your other pets as much as possible. All of them could easily contract the same disease just with mere association. If you must, keep your pets in their respective cages. This way, you can prevent their contact with each other. There are also preventive medicines that you can give to your other pets so that they would have stronger immune system. This way, they won’t easily acquire the disease. Ask your vet about the possible vaccines against kennel cough.

The best home remedy to give dogs with kennel cough is Vitamin C. There are Vitamin C soft capsules that can be bought at pharmacies today and you can simply add it to your dog’s meals. Break the capsule and put the content in the food of your dog. It is also possible to use similar tinctures and herbal remedies that are easily available at pharmacies today.

The cold weather can make your dog suffer from the disease even more. Try to keep its environment warm and humid. Use a vaporizer or a home humidifier to keep the dog house or crate comfortable enough for your sick pet. It is also possible to use a cough medicine used for children on your dog.

However, this should be done only as a first aid and never as a continued medication for its disease.

Honey can help so much in easing an irritated throat. You should also do your best to keep your pet from pollutants such as smoke. For the entire length of time that your dog is sick, try to keep smokers out of the house. This way, your pet would experience speedy recover from its condition.

Be sure to monitor your pet’s health all the time. This is very important so you can stop the onset of any diseases. Prevention and early cure are your best defenses against kennel cough and similar health concern.

Modern Dog Care – Memory Foam Dog Beds

Tuesday, December 3rd, 2013

Pet care has advanced a lot in recent years, in all areas, including dog beds. Some of the biggest and most valuable advantages have come in memory foam. Once only available to the richer dog owners, memory foam dog beds have now come down a bunch in price. But what is it that makes memory foam beds such a super buy? It’s so much more than the price.

What is memory foam?

Memory foam is visco-elastic polyurethane, which reacts with the heat of the dog’s body to form itself to all the dog’s curves. There is an
assortment of grades in firmness and support available. It is soft and supple and easily molds but then it retains its shape, giving extra support that no other pet mattresses offer. The technology has been used for a while now in human mattresses and so now pet owners are able to give their pet the same benefits.

All shapes and sizes of beds can be made, so regardless the size of your dog and whatever position they like to sleep in, there is a foam dog bed on hand to meet that need. Also, they can be found in a full range of cover designs.

Health benefits

These dog beds are not only soft and comfortable; they offer all the support that any dog could need. Whatsoever the size, weight or age of your dog, this technology allows for the total support of every joint and muscle.

If your dog suffers from joint problems or arthritis, this is a particularly good choice particularly for older dogs suffering from arthritis and other conditions. Vets often recommend orthopedic dog beds made of this foam for dogs that have orthopedic problems, because of the first-rate support they offer. Working dogs also benefit from the support of memory foam dog beds to rest their weary muscles and give them time to repair before the next busy day.

The memory foam takes the pressure off joints and muscles and so can be beneficial in reducing pain for your dog, even if your dog suffers from a condition like hip dysplasia. The spines of large dogs can be allowed to sag and distort when not supported by memory foam technology.

The excellent support that these beds afford also facilitates better blood circulation. With their weight evenly distributed by the foam, your dog has the best chance of a peaceful night’s sleep, especially as they will not be tossing and turning, trying to get comfortable. From our own experience, everyone knows how frustrating that can be when all you want to do is sleep.

Finally, memory foam dog beds are breathable, which means they will keep your dog warm in cold weather and cool in hot weather. That is better for their health and also helps them sleep better.

Economic benefits

It used to be considered that these dog beds were relatively expensive. But with the old laws of supply and demand, prices have fallen, making them a fantastic buy. They may cost a little more initially but they are extremely durable, which may be particularly important if you have a large dog or one who chews a lot.

In addition, memory foam dog beds can be machine washed or easily washed by hand. They should last for years, whereas cheaper alternatives surely will not. Some can also be machine dried.

So, whatsoever your budget, it makes sense to look at this type of dog beds. They meet all your pet’s needs; they are available in any style you could wish for, and they will last for years to come.