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Q: How can I prevent worms in my pet?
A: The best way to deal with worms, of course, is to make use of worm prevention techniques. Either have a sample tested annually, or have preventative worming performed at least once a year.  In dogs, the common heartworm preventatives also help prevent the more common intestinal worms. Most worms have a lifecycle that makes it easy to for pets to become re-infested. Also, keep your pet flea free. Fleas can transmit tapeworms to your pet.

Q: My dog is so quiet now that he's home, is he ill?
A: Probably not. Your pet has just had a great vacation. He barked, ran, played, just being around all those new friends was exhusting. Don't you enjoy a little down time after a vaction? Some dogs may be a less active the first couple days home while others will act a little more needy, after all they are happy to be home and want to make sure everything is still the same.Please remember not to over feed or water your dog when returning home. Some pets get so excited they eat too fast or drink too much and that can cause serious problems.

Q: What is "kennel cough"?
A: Well, first of all it should be called canine cough or tracheobronchitis, because dogs can catch anywhere, even that trip to the pet store or even in his own back yard. Canine cough is a highly contagious, upper respiratory disease which is spread by an air borne virus. The mian symptom is a hacking cough that lasts a few days to several weeks. We can compare it to our common cold, although annoying, not usually serious. There is a vaccine called bordetella, which we require. We have a wonderful brochure from the ABKA explaing canine cough, feel free to pick one up when to come visit us.

Q: Does my dog get to go outside during his stay at the Dutch Pet Motel?
A: Yes! We take all of our quests out a minimum of three times a day, usually more. Every dog is walked individually to enjoy one of our several different size play yards. The last potty break is around 9:00 p.m., after which everyone is tucked in for the night with a biscuit. Music is played all night to comfort our guests.

Q: What is my dog's normal temperature?  My cat?
A: Normal temperature range for a dog is 100 to 102 degrees Fahrenheit. Because dogs regulate their temperature less efficiently than people do, there is more variation in "normal" temperature. Your dog's temperature will be higher just after exercise, on a hot day, while snuggled under a blanket, etc. A cat's temperature is similar, rarely going above 103 F.

Q: Should I bathe my dog?
A: You may need to bathe your dog on occasion. The main thing to remember is that dogs' skin is more delicate than humans. It is much more prone to drying out when you wash it. Human based shampoos are formulated to remove all the oils. You need to get one formulated for dogs that will remove dirt but not the essential oils for the coat. Dogs that are frequently bathed may require some supplements to keep their skin and coat healthy. Be careful when bathing. A condition called impetigo may result from not rinsing all the soap out.

Q: What is the best way to give medication to my pet?
A: There are many devices to aid in administering medicine. In particular, pill plungers are effective and available from your veterinarian or by mail order. A syringe with no needle is good for liquids. Ask your vet for some other ideas or specific instructions.

Q: What Kind of Pet ID Should I Use?
A: The best identification for your pet is an ID tag fastened to a collar.  If fitted properly, cats can wear collars safely.  Other methods include tattoos and ‘microchips’ that can be scanned by animal control officials.

 
 
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