CANINE COUGH

Canine cough (or kennel cough) is a highly contagious respiratory disease.

Dogs commonly contract kennel cough at places where there are large numbers of dogs, such as boarding and day-care facilities, dog parks, training groups and dog shows.

Dogs can spread it to one another through airborne droplets, direct contact (e.g., touching noses) or contaminated surfaces (including water
and food bowls).

It’s highly treatable in most dogs but can be more severe in puppies younger than six months of age and immunocompromised dogs.
Most cases of canine cough are caused by the Bordetella bacterium, and there are two types of vaccines available to prevent canine cough caused by this bacterium – intra-nasal and injectable.

Our vaccination requirements for canine cough are set out below:
Intra-nasal (Nobivac KC): One dose no less than 72 hours prior to boarding. Reinforce once a year.
Injectable (Bronchicine or Pneumodog): Initially two doses with an interval of 2-4 weeks.

We will only accept dogs after the second vaccine.

Reinforce with one dose once a year.
Please note that some cases of canine cough are caused by agents other than bordetella, so the
vaccine may not entirely prevent your dog from contracting the disease.

POLICY ON THUNDER PHOBIA

At Menlyn Kennels and Cattery, the majority of our guests are housed indoors in brick and mortar buildings. These buildings were specifically designed to cater to the needs of sound sensitive, older and cold sensitive guests. Please let us know in advance if you know or suspect that your pet is scared of thunder. Consult with your vet about anxiety-reducing medication and bring it along when checking in.

Signs of thunder phobia include the following:

  • Hyperventilation (panting)
  • Seeking close physical contact with humans
  • Hiding
  • Running away (escaping)
  • Hypersalivation (drooling)
  • Shivering

Some pets become so fearful that they sustain serious injuries during attempts to escape the noise. Pets showing these signs are likely to get worse over time, therefore veterinary behaviourists recommend anxiety-reducing medication on an as-needed basis as soon as any signs of phobia are detected. Pets who become progressively more anxious would usually require permanent medication of a different kind. All these medications can only be obtained from a veterinarian.

A pet with an existing phobia may experience a higher level of anxiety in a strange environment like a boarding facility. We therefore strongly recommend that if you have a pet with any level of discomfort during thunderstorms or any other loud noises, you obtain the necessary anxiety-reducing medication from your vet to be administered during the pet’s stay with us.

At Menlyn Kennels and Cattery, we watch the skies and weather forecast continuously. When we hear a storm approaching, we take all the guests inside and medicate those who have anxiety-reducing medication. All our guests are monitored during thunder activity. If no medication was supplied and your pet shows signs of anxiety, we will administer emergency anxiety-reducing medication through our vet. You will be informed as quickly as possible and charged for the cost of the medication as well as a dispensing fee. You will be provided with a copy of the record of dispensed medication when collecting your pet.

It is, however, important that the phobia is dealt with comprehensively on a long-term basis to ensure optimal quality of life for your pet. While there are other excellent modalities that can be used alone or in conjunction with medication to treat sound phobia in pets, such as Tellington TTouch and behaviour modification, the drugs mentioned provide immediate relief in an emergency situation when a suitably qualified and authorised person is not immediately available to assist with other modalities.

Please contact the following experts for longer-term support for your sound phobic pet:

  • Dr Erica Cosijn (Certified Tellington TTouch Practitioner Level 2), 082 895 1917, erica@ttouch.co.za
  • Ms Marlyn Repsold (Behaviour therapy practitioner), 072 379 1030, marlyn@edupet.co.za

 

 

13 November 2018

WINTER COMFORT

It has always been our policy to ensure that our guests are warm during the winter months. Based on our own research where we compared temperatures using different types of heating we have started upgrading and added rooms for dogs which are totally indoors. These buildings are built with bricks and mortar, have insulation in the roof as well as fitted ceilings and weather strips around the doors. This provides a relatively constant temperature in the sleeping area with the added benefit of being able to regulate the temperature more effectively by means of panel heaters fitted in strategic places inside these buildings. Some of the rooms are already fitted with rubberised flooring to enhance the insulation.

It is an expensive undertaking to house our guests in the same comfort as what they enjoy at home but we feel that it is an important aspect of their wellbeing whilst in our care. As the budget allows we are converting more rooms in this manner and moving away from the infrared heating lamps which does not allow for effective temperature regulation like an indoor, well insulated sleeping area. The ambient temperature during the winter months can fluctuate rather dramatically and to have a heating source which supplies the same constant heat without being able to regulate it is not ideal.

It is hardly ever necessary to provide additional heating during the day but we have the means and capacity to do so during cold snaps.

The units in our cattery are still heated by infrared lamps during the winter months – May to August.

For some interesting statistics, please visit this link for more information on ideal and safe temperatures for your pets.