Alert, FYI

Local Surge in Canine Kennel Cough

The Mannford-area is experiencing a drastic increase in canine Kennel Cough cases the last few weeks. We thought it appropriate that we take a moment and share what it is, what to look for, and what we can do about it.

What is Canine Kennel Cough?

Kennel cough is similar to the common cold in that it is very contagious, usually mild, and is caused by a variety of “bugs”. It is very, very contagious and is transmitted by any droplet transfer: coughing, sneezing, nose-touching, etc.

Kennel Cough Symptoms

Kennel cough is usually mild in healthy animals however, symptoms can be quite irritating to the pet and your family. Common symptoms include the following:

  • cough
  • gagging
  • nose and/or eye discharge
  • fever
  • loss of appetite
  • lethargy

These symptoms usually start out quite mildly, but a consistent, hacking cough that may end in gagging is the most common symptom we see. Unfortunately, this is also how the disease is spread.

How do we treat it?

Treatment of Kennel Cough is focused on clearing out bacteria causing the symptoms, bacteria that could worsen the disease (lead to pneumonia), and ease the symptoms. Treatment usually consists of oral antibiotics, mild oral steroids for the cough, with or without cough syrup if it is severe enough. There are many methods of management at home as well (see below) that can ease your dog’s symptoms.

Good news, we can prevent Kennel Cough!

There is a vaccine for Kennel Cough! As a bonus, it is an oral vaccine, so not pokes for Fido. It is recommended to be given yearly, although some facilities that house several animals at once (groomers, boarders, animal hospitals, etc) require it to be administered every 6 months, depending on risk levels.

Do we have Kennel Cough vaccines?

We absolutely do! Calling ahead is required however, we do routinely stock and administer Kennel Cough vaccines!

How old does my dog need to be to receive the Kennel Cough vaccine?

Your puppy must be older than 8 weeks!

Who is most at risk for Kennel Cough?

Dogs that have not been vaccinated, that are around unvaccinated animals are at the highest risk:

  • Grooming facilities
  • Boarding facilities
  • Training classes
  • Dogs that run free in the country
  • Dogs that share fences with other dogs

Questions? Want to schedule an appointment? Please give us a call at (918)865-4733!

FYI

How to make a pet first aid kit?

Spring & summer mean not only are we more active outside, but so are our pets! Today, we decided to make a quick how-to guide for putting together your very own Pet First Aid Kit!

Please note, this is not a comprehensive or exhaustive list. If your pet has a favorite snack, that is a good thing to add! Does your pet have any regular medications? Also, a great addition. Please see the bottom of this post for great online sources to learn more!


Per First Aid Kit Checklist

Here are the absolute essentials for what goes in your pet’s first aid kit. A lot of these items work for human first aid too so feel free to make a combo human + pet kit!

  • Important phone numbers:
    • Pet Poison Control
    • Your primary vet’s office
    • The nearest pet ER
    • Animal control (if anyone else’s pet is involved)
    • Non-emergency police
    • The nearest pet boarding facilities
  • Digital thermometer
    • This is especially useful for hyperthermia (overheating) & hypothermia (getting too cold)
  • Muzzle: even NON-aggressive patients can bite when injured and/or scared (even people)
  • Leash & collar with ID
  • Gauze roll or ACE BANDAGE
  • Spare towels & washclothes
    • For cleaning and as bandage material
  • Medical tape (non-stick tape)
  • Oral syringe (like the kind that come with children’s medicine)
  • Non-scented medical lubricant To protect eyes & wounds
  • Activated charcoal
    • To absorb toxins in the body
  • 3% Hydrogen Peroxide
    • This is to induce vomiting if needed: but please ALWAY contact Pet Poison Control or a veterinarian before induing vomiting
    • Please note: hydrogen repeatedly used in wounds kills new cells (hence the fizzing) & will slow down healing
  • Saline Solution (contact solution)
    • To clean wounds
  • Location of pet carrier (small dogs & cats)

Quick Pet Disaster Tips

These tips are for YOUR safety & your pet’s!!

  1. If your pet is injured, they are likely scared, confused, & panicky! Please try to not be bitten, scratched, or hurt.
    1. A hurt you cannot help a hurt them
  2. Please do not hug an injured pet. You may accidentally hurt them & they may not respond the way you expect them too!
  3. When you are checking them for wounds, please go slowly & gently
    1. If they get more & more agitated, pause and give them a minute.
  4. Drive carefully to your vet clinic
    1. A hurt you cannot help a hurt them

Being Financially Prepared

There are many strategies for being financially prepared for a disaster. Of course having savings in the bank is the most common form of preparedness! We do have some other recommendations as well.

Our favorite pet insurance: Trupanion

We have recently partnered with Trupanion pet insurance! It is an affordable insurance that covers accidents, illnesses, & injuries. Our favorite thing about them is that they pay your vet directly. So no waiting on tiresome reimbursements.

Want to learn more? Here are some great links!

Pet Poison Control:

https://www.petpoisonhelpline.com/

Pet ER: Oklahoma Veterinary Specialists:

https://okvets.com/

Online Pet First Aid Classes:

https://www.redcross.org/take-a-class/first-aid/cat-dog-first-aid

Guide for Pet CPR:

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=ibd4edu1Zhs

Questions? Please don’t hesitate to send us a message or give us a call at (918)865-4733!

FYI, Great Products

Coming soon: Our own app!

We are SO excited to announce that we have our own app that will launch in January! You will be sent an invitation via text/email to download it. From there you can view all of your pet’s vaccine records, reminders, refill prescriptions… You name it and this app can do it! You can even request appointments and message us directly!

This is an example of what your profile will look like. You can access it via a computer with and internet connection or follow the instructions in the text message invitation (most have not been sent out yet, but will be shortly) to download the app.

This app can also make you a pet ID card. This lists all of your pet’s information, current medications, and vaccine history for when you need to visit another vet office. This gives you the freedom to always carry your pet’s medical history with you wherever you go!

We are so excited to bring this technology to Mannford! Please keep an eye out for invites to be sent out after the first!