Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Fever. Sniffles. Coughing. Body Aches. Chills.

It is that time of the year that we are hearing a lot about the human symptoms of the flu. It is a good time to be reminded that Canines can have their own strain of the flu.

If you’ve ever called Morris Animal Inn, you’ve most likely heard, “your dog needs the Canine Influenza Vaccination!”  “Canine Influenza, what is that?
The Canine Influenza is highly contagious and can be transmitted by infected dogs prior to them showing any symptoms. Typically, it is airborne, passed by dog to dog contact, or via people’s hands or clothing. Signs closely resemble a common respiratory syndrome known as Canine Cough, and may include:
  • Nasal discharge
  • High fever
  • A soft gagging cough of 10-14 days.
80 to 90 percent of those exposed will contract the virus even if they don’t show symptoms, making it almost impossible to totally prevent any dog from being exposed. Approximately 20 percent of the dogs may exhibit additional symptoms such as:
  •  Loss of appetite
  •  Lethargy
  •  And potentially Pneumonia (if not treated)
The dogs most at risk are dogs exposed to places where there are many animals like parks, dog parks, pet stores, dog shows, doggie daycare or boarding. The virus is similar to flu in people where it is the very young and the old that are most severely affected.

There is not currently any reports of Canine Influenza in New Jersey that we are aware of, however, there have been cases reported in other states. With the social nature of our pets today, it is always a good idea to be prepared by keeping your pet’s vaccinations updated.

The best way to treat the flu is to prevent severe symptoms with the specialized vaccination. We strive for nothing but the best for you and your pup; this is why we require the Canine Influenza vaccine. Your pet’s health and happiness is our number one priority and we will continue to be a leader in the pet care industry to give your pets the best possible care during their time at Morris Animal Inn. Your dog will thank you when he can continue to play while his friends in the neighborhood may be at home sick in bed!
Your pet’s health and happiness is always our main concern.

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

How Many Whiskers Does Your Cat Have?

We’ve all been there, enjoying a nice sleep, dreaming or not, when it happens. You feel a little tickle on your face and you brush it away. It happens again, and you open one eye and then another, and see your cat staring you in the face, having just accomplished her mission of waking you up.

While cats may think that’s the best reason to use their whiskers, humans may beg to differ, and have come to understand that cats’ whiskers are valuable for other reasons.
The most important aspect of a cat’s whiskers is that they help the cat to navigate throughout the day. Because they are touch receptors and extremely sensitive, the cat can better understand what is around them and help them to make decisions on their next move. Because whiskers are so important in this way, they should never be cut. They are more comparable to human fingers than human hair.

Whiskers also can let you know a little bit about your cat’s mood. They won’t move when the cat is resting, will move forward when the cat is interested in something or playing, but watch out if they move backwards to lay against his face; your cat is not happy.
And if you’re a fan of the cozy mystery series, The Cat Who…, by Lilian Jackson Braun, you’ll know that the main character is a firm believer that the more whiskers a cat has, the smarter he is. How many whiskers does your cat have?

Monday, January 22, 2018

Let Sleeping Dogs Lie

“Let sleeping dogs lie” is an idiom about avoiding the problems that might happen by interfering in a situation that currently has no problems.

But what if the problem is what kind of bed your dog should lie on?

Ok, yes, that’s a terrible attempt at a terrible pun, but it is important to think about what type of bed is best for your dog (unless you’ve decided to let your dog sleep with you).

There are many factors to consider when choosing a bed, such as the positions your dog sleeps in, whether or not he or she moves around a lot, if you need a bed for multiple dogs to share or if they each need their own bed, and if they have any medical issues. You want them to have enough room and be comfortable as well as warm. 

You’ll also need to consider the size not just relative to your dog, but also the logistics, such as where you will put the bed and how often you are willing to clean it. You want to make sure it fits and gives your dog the solitude he or she needs, and that the cover isn’t too big to fit in your washing machine, because chances are, if you have to take it to a laundromat, you may not wash it as often.

You will have a lot of options when it comes to the type of bed for your dog:
  •         Mats
  •         Hammock
  •         Loose-fill
  •         Foam, egg-crate foam, memory foam and mattress beds
You can always ask your veterinarian for recommendations, especially if they know your dog well.