HAS YOUR DOG BEEN TREATED?
Although we, Dog People Dog Daycare, do not require our daycare attendee's to be treated for flea, lice & tick, we do highly recommend it. We understand that some 'Dog People' are against using pesticides on their dog.
YES, dogs get lice. It is a different kind of lice than humans get, and much easier to treat, and it is not transferable to humans or cats. Dog lice are species specific, so you, your kids, and your cats cannot get lice from your dog. And a person with a human form of lice cannot pass it to their dog. Human lice crawl fast; dog lice are almost motionless. The human form of lice likes clean hair. A dog’s coat is not clean enough for human lice to live on.
There are two species of canine lice:
1. Biting (Mallophaga): trichodectus canus and Heterodoxus spiniger (feed on skin flakes and skin)
2. Sucking linognathus piliferus setosus (feed on dogs’ blood and are more irritating)
Lice lay eggs (termed nits) on the hair shafts. The lifecycle takes about 21 days to complete. Females lay up to 100 eggs or nits. The nits of the canine biting louse are protected by an operculum and are cemented to the base of the dog's hairs. Of all parasites, lice are by far the easiest to treat because they are not active in our environment like fleas and ticks.
They are flat, gray, wingless parasites that are about a twelfth of an inch long. Dog lice are very slow movers. In fact, they hardly move at all. They do not jump from dog to dog like fleas, but dog lice are still spread through dog-to-dog contact, so if your dog interacts with other dogs on the trail, at the dog park, at your friend’s house or in doggie day care, your dog may be exposed. If your dog shares a bed or crate, it can be infected. Grooming instruments may serve as a source of transmission.
If your dog has been scratching himself more than normal it could be due to lice. Lice are very small, but can usually be seen by the human eye. They look like little black dots and have a clear lining around them. They do not really look like bugs, but more like dirt. It is very easy to see the lice if your dog is infested, but many pet owners miss them especially in cases where dogs only have a few lice on them and they can be very hard to find. They attach themselves to the skin, so you have to push the fur around to look for them. Groomers are often the ones to discover the lice when using a high-powered blow dryer, so it is good to schedule a time to have your dog checked (we will check your dog for free upon request)
Have your dog professionally groomed regularly. It’s always good to have another set of eyes check over your dog. If your groomers find anything unusual, they will notify you. You can also talk to your vet about preventive treatments such as Frontline or K9 Advantix. It is recommended that you put your dog on one of these preventive regimens if you are bringing your dog to a doggy-day care.
If your dog has lice, you have a few options on how to deal with the problem.
1. You can bathe your dog in a pyrethrin-based shampoo at seven-day intervals. (this is not a preferred method and we can not accommodate this request)
2. Contact your vet about using Frontline, Advantiks, Advantage, or Revolution as a preventative measure, and if your dog has visible lice. It is recommended that you repeat two weeks later.
3. For puppies over six weeks old, Revolution is one of the most recommended preventatives, but always consult your vet first.
If you have a puppy that is infected with lice, consult your vet first before starting on any kind of pesticide treatment or other type of medication. Especially with toy puppies, they do not tolerate flea baths.
To prevent further lice infestation and make sure that all the lice eggs have been completely eliminated, it is a wise idea to wash and sanitize all bedding and dry on high heat and disinfect the area where he sleeps. Wash the clothes you were wearing when you groomed and found the lice.
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HIGH NUMBER OF KENNEL COUGH CASES IN CALGARY & SURROUNDING AREA:
Health and safety of all dogs who attend our daycare is our number 1 priority, we would like everyone to be aware that there have been an extremely high number of cases of Kennel Cough. After speaking with our personal veterinarian, it seems that there is a strain of Kennel Cough going around that the Bordatella/Kennel Cough vaccine ...does not protect against. Kennel Cough is typically not a serious health issue, but is extremley contagious and in some cases if left untreated could turn into Pneumonia. If your dog is coughing, inverted sneezing or vomiting. please do not bring them into daycare or be around any other dogs until all symptoms have cleared. We recommened you also seek veterinary assisstance to diagnose the symptoms at hand. Thank you for your understanding and cooperation. Please feel free to contact us should you have any questions or concerns. (403) 532-2373
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What do these Papillomas look like?
Viral papillomas are round but often have a rough, almost jagged surface reminiscent of a sea anemone or a cauliflower. They occur usually on the lips and muzzle of a young dog (usually less than 2 years of age). Usually they occur in groups rather than as solitary growths.
How is this Virus Transmitted?
The infection is transmitted via direct contact with the papillomas on an infected dog or with the virus in the pet's environment. The incubation period is 1 to 2 months. This virus can only be spread among dogs. It is not contagious to other pets or to humans. To become infected, the dog generally needs an immature immune system, thus this infection is primarily one of young dogs and puppies. Beyond this, transmission details are sketchy. It is not known whether the infected dog must actually show visible lesions to be contagious, nor how long after lesions have regressed that contagion is still a concern.
Are Viral Papillomas Dangerous?
Not really. They should go away on their own as the dog's immune system matures and generates a response against the papillomavirus. Typically, it takes 1 to 5 months for papillomas to regress.
Sometimes oral papillomas can become infected with bacteria from the mouth. Antibiotics will be needed in such cases to control the pain, swelling, and bad breath.
In most cases, treatment is unnecessary; one simply allows the papillomas to go away on their own.
A topical medication called imiquimod has been used in canine infections to help boost immune-mediated inflammation and thus facilitate destruction of the virus by the body. Imiquimod is being prescribed increasingly for dogs with viral papillomas.
Effective therapy for viral papillomas has been elusive though recently (May 2008) a study was published by a veterinary research group in Turkey. They found that a 10-day course of the antibiotic azithromycin was able to remove all lesions within 15 days with no recurrences during an 8-month follow up period. This therapy is readily available in the U.S. and is likely to become treatment of choice.
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