Kennel cough is actually a term that we use to describe a hacking cough that can be so harsh as to phlegm. Kennel cough is caused by bacteria, viruses and other microscopic organisms. It is highly contagious between dogs and can take as short as 2 days and as long as 14 days to show signs.
Any dog that breathes the same air as a dog with kennel cough has a chance of contracting it. Even dogs that play at dog parks are susceptible.
The following are the known agents that can cause kennel cough:
• Bordetella Bronchiseptica (bacteria)
• Parainfluenza virus
• Adenovirus type 2
• Canine distemper virus
• Canine influenza virus
• Canine herpesvirus (very young puppies)
• Mycoplasma canis (a single-cell organism that is neither virus nor bacterium)
• Canine reovirus
There are vaccines for only Bordetella Bronchiseptica, parainfluenza, adenovirus, distemper and influenza (H3N8 strain only). The “DHPP” that puppies and adult dogs are vaccinated for contains the distemper, adenovirus and parainfluenza vaccines.
Bordetella, or sometimes referred to as “kennel cough”, vaccine is given orally, intranasally or by injection. It is best given 4-7 days before exposure and lessens the severity when appropriately given. Dogs that are vaccinated the day they arrive at a kennel situation, therefore, do not receive the same protection as those that were vaccinated before arrival.
What do we do at Cypress Creek Pet Care to prevent your dog from contracting this family of coughing agents?
• We require vaccines for distemper, adenovirus, parainfluenza and Bordetella.
• We separate all dogs that start coughing from the other dogs.
• We regularly bleach all the kennel wards, every surface, to kill any agents. In between bleaching, all kennels are cleaned daily while a pet stays with us.
• Our staff washes their hands between every pet. Leashes, bowls, and all blankets/towels are washed and disinfected daily.
• Dogs are walked independently and individually outside so as not to spread diseases by direct contact.
• When an outbreak in Cedar Park occurs, we test a random set of patients to assess which agent is responsible for the outbreak so we can target treatment and prevention.
The recent outbreak in our area in July 2015, however, has no known agent on the DNA tests that have been done. . Please let us know if your pet has contracted a cough so that Cypress Creek Pet Care can continue its diligence.
The weather is heating up! Do you know the signs of heat stroke? Look for the following:
Bright red tongue or gums
What do you need to avoid during the heat?
Running with your dog
Leaving your dog in a car or back of a pickup
Leaving outside without shade or water
Playing during the middle of the day
All short nosed, or brachycephalic breeds, such as pugs, bulldogs, boston terriers, even large dogs like Boxers, have a hard time moving air through their nasal passages. Such movement helps cool a dog, as they can’t sweat. These breeds are at high risk of overheating during ‘normal’ conditions.
Older dogs with health issues and young dogs that don’t realize the dangers of the summer heat are also at risk.
What do I do if I think my dog has overheated?
Move to a cooler area, with air conditioning
Start wetting their feet and ears – DO NOT USE ICE- Cooling too fast can harm them
Get them to a veterinarian asap
For more information- go to: https://www.texvetpets.org/article/heatstroke-heat-can-be-fatal-to-your-pet/
The Doctors and Staff at Cypress Creek Pet Care are excited to announce the addition of Therapeutic Laser Treatments.
What is a Laser? Interestingly these beams of light are all around us. We have Class I lasers in our CD players and we see Class II at the grocery store when our purchases are scanned. Therapeutic Lasers are class IV and the strongest. The technology was approved by the FDA in 2005 to use in treatment of disease and disorders.
What does it do? The laser emits light at a high frequency. It decreases pain by releasing endorphins, decreases inflammation by increasing white blood cell activity and decreasing inflammatory mediators, and increases healing by increasing blood flow. The term currently used is “photo-bio-stimulation”.
What problems can it address? Any issue that needs to heal and/or decrease its inflammation can benefit by adding Laser treatment to the plan:
Orthopedics: arthritis, hip dysplasia, fracture repair, joint inflammation
Skin disease- hot spots, infected skin from bacteria, fungal diseases, abscesses
Ear infections Anal gland inflammation Bladder inflammation (Cystitis) Pancreatitis
Post- operative care
When should the Laser NOT be used? Since it speeds up cell growth, Laser Therapy should not be used in cases of cancers. Active bleeding can also worsen with a Laser. Eye protection needs to be used to not damage the retina of patient, user or observer and therefore should also not be used on the eye itself.
Does Laser Therapy replace other treatments? Laser therapy is added to a patient’s plan and can increase the effectiveness of medications, surgery, and other treatment recommendations that the doctor will make.
How often is the Laser Therapy? It depends on the disease or disorder. A one- time treatment can be effective for problems that heal such as infections; however, long term disorders like arthritis can take multiple sessions until response it seen, then treatment is tapered to reach comfort and maintenance.
Ask how a Laser therapy plan can benefit your pet!
I am new to Cedar Park and needed to find a new vet for my pets, one of whom has special needs. As soon as I took the tour, I was hooked. Friendly, knowledgeable staff, and the cleanest vet clinic I've been in.-Chelaine
Loved the TLC and patience given!-Kathy
The staff and Dr.'s are always friendly and we are taken back almost as soon as we get there.-Anonymous
I have been coming to Dr. Schubert for 8 years and she has shown nothing but genuine concern and caring for my animals, through life and death. The staff is also personable and caring, always putting your pet first.-Anonymous
You definitely get the feeling as though they treat your pet as if it were their own.-Sean
We are new to having a fur companion and had lots of questions and concerns regarding our puppy. CCPC addressed the ones that we could remember along with what to expect and their recommendations. -Christel
My pets are part of my family, and Dr. Bouloy really understands. He and his staff are always caring and never too busy to make me and my furry babies feel like we are their main priority. I always leave with a comforted feeling!-Katie
We did not see a Dr...we brought our doggies for grooming and they were in need of attention! She did a GREAT job with both of them and we shall be coming on schedule now that we found her. Thank You!-Carol