4. Oregano Oil! This is one thing I have not tried on my own - but is widely used for humans. We at Sleep Rover sell the Pet Version of it with Oregapet! I have given this to my dogs every flu season - and whether it has helped or not - I know it contributes to it! I have always placed a few drops in their Bone Broth. Here is their claim on their product! Although I solely use it during Flu Season - it has other claims such as gut health and even deworming! Wow! We do use the oil on our beds if any fleas or lice are found! http://oregapet.com/ca/oregano-drops.html
Of course - lots of rest and fresh air if possible!
If you have any questions - please do not hesitate to contact me! I am always learning - and gathering more knowledge with experience handling so many dogs.
What to know about Kennel Cough!! Our Views and Suggestions!
April 4, 2012 at 9:38am
Similar to the human flu - we at Sleep Rover believe it is your personal choice on how you wish to treat your dogs when it comes to the care for your animal.
You have a choice to socialize your dog in dog environments such as dog training, dog daycares and offleash parks - or keep them at home. Bacteria related sicknesses, especially Kennel Cough are airborne - and any contact with dogs in a close vicinity - will get infected.
Similar to humans - a stressed or poorly rested individual or someone who has not developed immunity to all these current bacterias in the world - will be more susceptible than another. Some get sick every month, some get sick every few years. Some take vaccines and do not get sick, some take vaccines and still get sick.
I for one, do not take the flu vaccine, i am bound to get sick once a year (usually in Nov) and pretty much spend the year fighting certain bacterias - especially on days I lack sleep or do not eat well! My throat gets sore, I get groggy. However overall - I deem myself healthy! Will I not get sick getting the flu vaccine and live my life sick free - I doubt it.
I can't speak for people that have taken vaccines if they feel 100% all the time! However I do know that getting a vaccine does not leave you bullet proof from getting sick.
So in turn, I give this option to our clients. Bordetella and Revolution are optional - because I do not believe in overvaccinating. My philosophy is that we will grow our immunity and become more self reliant this way. However as noted - this is just MY opinion and you are free to do and choose what you feel is right.
I also give the option to clients that if they choose to - they are more than welcome to vaccinate their dogs for their ease of mind. I will not judge as this is a topic that everyone struggles with not just themselves, but their dog also.
Last year during our September 2011 Kennel Cough outbreak, which closed down two dog kennels in Calgary for a month - we had a total of 23 infected dogs clients reported. Just like the flu season might bring down your office (everyone seems to be calling in sick!). Out of 23 of the dogs, 8 of them had their Kennel Cough shot. So because they got their Kennel Cough shot - we are told it lessens the duration.. does it? During this time, everyone that displayed symptoms, we did kennel the dog and asked them to be taken home. We were Kennel Cough free into October.
Reason why I post this now, is for everyone to see our point of view and our suggestions. Spring is coming.. if not has already been here for the last 2 months - so Kennel Cough is just around the corner. In the last 3 months, we have had about 6 reported cases - which is really low - however still in the air due to the warm weather.
Preventative measures, is obvious, do not go where dogs go - however who wants to coup up their poor dog 24/7? That is no life for anyone.
Another option is to avoid dog parks, dog training facilities and dog daycares and kennels. Once again - another extreme choice. How long do you do this? For all of spring, summer and fall??
Thirdly (my choice) - keep you dog healthy, supplements (ask about them at your nearby Tailblazers), vitamns, healthy dog foods - and keep them well rested and exercised!! JUST LIKE HUMANS!
If symptoms occur - follow natural remedies such as vitamn C, echinacea and honey with warm water to sooth the throat. Add a humidifier in your room by your dogs sleeping area -Calgary air is dry - we all feel it!!
At the end, do your own research and if need be, ask your vet and make the decision on your own.
Any questions, feel free to ask us!! Do not be alarmed if your pet starts showing symptoms of Kennel Cough - however also be precautionary that like the Human Flu - it can easily turn from a simple cough to extreme respiratory issues!!
If your dog eats, remains happy and active and isn't lethargic - keep an eye on them. However if your dog starts sporting a fever, is lethargic, isn't drinking or eating - take them to a vet immediately to make sure it isn't any other underlying problems.
Here are some great reads (more intellectually stated than my blog entry):
Hope you all found this helpful in one way or another! We are all always learning and that is what keeps us open minded!