We have seen a lot of kennel cough lately, most likely from people traveling/boarding their dogs, and more exposure to other dogs at day care, family parties and boarding facilities.
So what is “Kennel Cough?”
It is a broad term for any type of bronchitis in dogs. The actual name is Canine Infectious Respiratory Disease and can be from one of 10 different bacteria or viruses. It can be as mild as a cough to potentially very serious and leading to pneumonia. It takes about 7-10 days after exposure for a dog to show symptoms of kennel cough. The symptoms of kennel cough include: dry honking cough, possible lethargy, fever, inappetance. Most cases are mild. With the help of a cough suppressant and a short course of antibiotics, most dogs clear the infection in 1-2 weeks.
There is also a vaccine available to help prevent or lessen the severity of a kennel cough infection. The bordetella vaccine is an annual vaccine, and is as easy as just a few drops of liquid in your dog’s mouth, no needles required! If your dog is exposed to many other dogs, he/she may be at risk. Call the office or your Veterinarian to discuss if your dog should be vaccinated against kennel cough.
Emergency Care for Working Dogs - 12/08/2017
*photo credit* MARI A. SCHAEFER – philly.com
Dr. Minninger has led Telford Veterinary Hospital on a new and exciting educational endeavor outside of the veterinary hospital. With the assistance of Jon Detweiler, Hospital Administrator and Veterinary Nurses Miriam Nace and Megan Greiner, she teaches some unique programs to those individuals who protect us each day. These programs focus on how to care for a “working dog”, the specialized canines who perform law enforcement, bomb detection and arson investigative work in our local community.
Dr. Minninger created curriculums for both canine handlers as well as Paramedics and EMTs. The canine handler course teaches officers how to address critical issues with their canine partner. The EMS course helps Paramedics and EMT know how to safely handle an injured canine and then how to adapt their human skills and expertise into pre-veterinary care. Both of these courses provide lectures and practical application skills scenarios where students work with live dogs.
Dr. Minninger and Miriam are currently finishing EMT training through Montgomery County Department of Public Safety and will join Megan who completed EMT training and Jon who is an actively practicing Paramedic in delivering these courses. Most recently, Dr. Minninger and her team took these programs to Narberth Ambulance and the police and EMS professionals who serve that area. Check out the story on philly.com http://www.philly.com/philly/health/what-every-dog-owner-should-know-cpr-trauma-20171020.html
What’s The Deal With Bloodwork? - 12/06/2017
We’ve all been to our doctor and heard “I’d like to do some bloodwork.” We go to the lab, have our blood collected and wait for the results from our doctors. Usually this is just part of our routine checkup. We don’t give it a second thought (unless you don’t like needles). The same is true for our cats and dogs. Just like us, cats and dogs can have changes that can occur as they get older. Doing routine bloodwork helps us to monitor for any small changes that, if left unmanaged, can lead to bigger problems down the road.
Won’t I know if something is wrong with my pet? Do I really need bloodwork when he or she seems perfectly healthy?
Often times, small changes can be happening that you won’t be able to notice. If we can catch these changes when they are small, we can make recommendations on how to correct them and prevent them from becoming a bigger problem.
When will the vet recommend bloodwork?
The 1st time your pet will have a comprehensive blood panel performed is when they are a puppy or kitten about to be spayed or neutered. This allows us to see if there are any congenital problems that would make surgery more risky, and also gives us a good baseline to monitor as they grow.
When your pet is a “young adult” (4-7 years of age) we will often recommend a slightly larger, more complete panel to monitor for changes from their puppy or kitten testing. This may be recommended due to an upcoming dental cleaning, recent illness, or just a monitoring profile to make sure they are remaining healthy.
As your pet hits their “golden years” (usually over 10 for most animals, younger for giant breed dogs), your vet will recommend a complete blood panel every 6 to 12 months. This is due to the fact that things can change more rapidly as your pet ages and we want to make sure we keep a close eye on your pet.
Will the test hurt my pet?
Just like us, a blood test is no more than a quick needle stick. Your pet will be comforted by one of our technicians while the doctor is collecting the sample, and will often receive a treat after (don’t you wish they gave YOU something after having your blood collected?). Unlike with us, your pet’s blood sample can be collected right here in the hospital, and results are often received in 24-48 hours after submission. No more waiting anxiously to hear what the results are.
If you have any other questions about preventative blood panels, please leave us a comment or ask your vet at your pet’s next appointment.
Holiday Pet Dangers - 12/06/2017
Holiday Meal Dangers
The holidays are a wonderful time of year; A time to spend with your families, maybe watch some football, possibly eat too much, or maybe prepare for your a Christmas Eve gift wrapping extravaganza. We at Telford Veterinary Hospital want to make sure that whatever your holiday tradition is, it does NOT become an annual visit to the veterinarian’s office. While there will be an abundance of tasty treats for you and your family, not all are meant to be shared with the 4-legged members of our families.
Here are a few of the common problems we see after holiday dinners:
PANCREATITIS: Our cats and dogs are not designed to handle the rich foods that we love this holiday season. Too much of a good thing can lead to vomiting and diarrhea, or even pancreatitis. If you want to share some of the festivities with your pets, here are some good options: plain sweet potatoes (before any butter or toppings are added), veggies (carrots are great snacks for dogs – they love the crunch and they are low calorie), adding a small amount of chicken/turkey broth to their usual dinner. Remember, what may seem like a small portion to us may be a large source of calories and fat to our pets.
FOREIGN BODIES: Things like chicken/turkey bones are very enticing to dogs and cats but can splinter easily and quickly become sharp objects in your pet’s GI tract, which can lead to irritation and punctures. Any small objects: bottle caps, game pieces, small children’s gloves/socks/toys etc, can quickly go missing with the hustle and bustle of people coming and going but can quickly turn into a HUGE problem when eaten by our furry friends.
TOXICITY: There are some favorites this holiday season that not only cause vomiting/diarrhea in our pets, but can be toxic and even fatal. These include: chocolate, caffeine (coffee or coffee flavored desserts), grapes, raisins, onions, gum or candy with artificial sweetener as one of the ingredients, and alcohol. If you think your pet may have ingested any of these items, best to call your vet or animal poison control right away.
We all have so much to be thankful for; and at Telford Veterinary Hospital, we want you to be able to enjoy your holiday with your loved ones, celebrating old traditions or making new ones, instead of spending your time at the emergency vet!
Welcome to our blog… - 12/05/2017
We’re working on getting our first post ready for you. We hope you will follow along for the latest tips, tricks and pertinent pet information to help you strengthen the bond between you and your pet!