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Best Friends Pet Care : The Dog Dish

Making Bordetella Vaccines Easier on Pets AND Owners

Let’s face it–going to the veterinarian to receive vaccinations not always fun. Your pet doesn’t like the injection and will squirm, the technician may not be able to properly assist in keeping your pet still, you have to come back for another dose in a few weeks, and it might not be effective for several weeks.

We are trying to make at least one common vaccination easier for your pet. It is the Bordetella vaccination. Bordetella bronchiseptica, known by its familiar names–Canine Cough or Kennel Cough–is a common airborne bacteria and is actually closely related to Whooping Cough. It sounds like a honking noise when your dog gets it.

If your dog is social in any way, has a play group, boards while you travel, or goes to dog parks, the Bordetella vaccine should be a on the list of vaccines for your dog. Most of the vaccines in use today require a booster, a needle and are often required every six months. The vaccination, Bronchi-Shield Oral, we use for Canine Cough is different:

• No needles: The vaccination is delivered through the mouth. It provides an effective deterrent while eliminating any injection into your pet. It makes the delivery much quicker, easier, and painless.

• No booster vaccination: This Bordetella vaccination is needed just once a year. That means less visits for your dog. That helps your wallet while receiving the same protection.

• No sneezing: Other common Bordetella immunizations are delivered through the nose. Sneezing is a common side effect and may release some of the vaccine into the air. There is less worrying that your pet may have not received the full vaccine dose.

We believe providing quality care starts with finding the best solutions for your common problems. We believe we’ve found one with the Bronchi-Shield Oral Bordetella vaccine. Visit us soon, and find out for yourself what makes us different.

 

What is Rabies? And Why is Vaccination Important?

Rabies: what is it, and why is vaccination important

Rabies is a viral disease that can affect all mammals, including humans. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), wild animals such as foxes, bats, raccoons and skunks account for the vast majority of reported rabies cases each year. That means that a chance encounter with any one of these creatures, puts you and your dog or cat at risk for contracting rabies.

What is Rabies, and Why is Vaccination Important?

How do dogs and cats get rabies and what does it do?

The virus is spread in the saliva so, a bite from an infected animal could transmit the virus to your pet. Once infected, the virus attacks the central nervous system and can lead to signs such as weakness, disorientation, changes in behavior, seizures, salivation, inability to swallow, paralysis, and fear of water of (hydrophobia). Signs progress quickly and death will occur within days.

When do dogs and cats need to be vaccinated?

Initial vaccination can start as early as 3 months of age. A booster vaccine is given one year later regardless of age at initial vaccination. There is currently a “3-year” rabies vaccine available which means, after the booster vaccine, your pet would not need another rabies vaccination for 3 years.

Can my vet measure antibody titers in their blood to see if they can “skip” the vaccine?

No. Titers do not accurately reflect whether your pet is protected from infection and cannot be substituted for vaccination

What happens if my pet comes in contact with a rabid animal?

It is important to know that ANY pet that is bitten or scratched by a wild mammal or bat, will be considered “exposed”. Pets that have been vaccinated for rabies in the past but that are not current with their rabies vaccination, will need to be evaluated by a veterinarian who will determine the necessary action based on local ordinances. Often, this means being kept under observation for a minimum of 10 days at a veterinary facility (at your expense). Pets that are currently vaccinated for rabies and are exposed, may undergo quarantine at home depending on local laws.

For pets that have no history rabies vaccination, euthanasia may be recommended. Alternatively, your pet will need to be placed in strict isolation (at your expense) for 6 months! Isolation will be at a veterinary or boarding facility, not at your home.

The good news is that rabies is a very preventable disease thanks to effective vaccines. If you have any questions about the rabies vaccine, or any other vaccines, don’t ever hesitate to ask your Best Friends veterinarian. We are part of your pet care team and want to do all we can to make you an informed pet parent.

 

Have you hugged a mutt today?

July 31st is National Mutt Day, a day dedicated to celebrating mixed breed dogs! As anyone who has ever owned a mutt can tell you, these guys have just as much to offer an any purebred dog and can take on a variety of important jobs such as therapy dogs, bomb-sniffing dogs, and guide dogs.

Of course as animal lovers, we love dogs of all kinds of dogs but there is a special place in our hearts for the mutts. Part of the reason is that there are so many variations in appearance. Their different genetic makeup means that they come in all shapes and sizes and when you adopt a mutt, you are getting a one-of-a-kind companion. Sadly, mutts also make up the majority of the dog population at most animal shelters and are the most in need of placement in a good home.

Here are just a few reasons you should consider adopting a mutt:

• You’ll be saving a life and freeing up space for another dog at the shelter

• By adopting instead of buying a dog, you are making it harder for “puppy mills” to stay in business

• Mutts generally have fewer health problems than purebred dogs due to their genetic variability

• Unless you are looking for a working dog or show dog, breed-specific traits don’t matter

• Mutts tend to be very smart and can be trained in a variety of tasks

If you are interested in knowing the genetic makeup of your beloved mutt, there are now companies that specialize in dog DNA testing. Typically, a swab from the inside of the cheek is all that is needed.

Be sure to celebrate all of the mutts in your life and hug a mutt today!

 

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