Winter with a Dog

Hello,

 

Winter is upon us! With it comes short, cold, and wet days but this is no reason to be locked up indoors. If you plan and keep a few things in mind you and your four-legged friend can be out and about all winter long. Here are some activities and safety tips so everyone can keep the adventures coming:

 

A Dog About Town

                If you’re looking to grab some food and drinks with friends and don’t want your pup to feel left out, check out these fun restaurants, coffee shops, bars and taprooms that allow dogs:

 

Norm’s Eatery and Alehouse (Fremont)                         192 Brewing – Lake Trail Taproom (Kenmore)

Hi-Fi Brewery (Redmond)                                                     Malt & Vine (Redmond)

The Great Nabob (Capitol Hill)                                             Firehouse Coffee (Ballard)

Shelter Lounge (Ballard)                                                        Dirty Bucket Brewery (Woodinville)

The Blarney Stone Pub (Downtown Seattle)                 Romio’s Pizza & Pasta (Belltown)

Triplehorn Brewing Co. (Woodinville)                              Nollie’s Café (South Lake Union)

Forza Coffee Co. (Greenlake)                                              Anchored Ship Coffee (Ballard)

Sully’s Snowgoose Saloon (Phinney Ridge)                    Bark! Espresso (Northgate)

The Way Station (Ballard)                                                     Lucky Jack’s Latte (Redmond)

Shorty’s (Belltown)                                                                 The Dray (Phinney Ridge)

The Belltown Pub (Belltown)                                               Pondera Winery (Woodinville)

               

                Just remember that your furry date needs to use their manners so we can all keep enjoying these dog friendly establishments in the future. Also, a lot of these bars and restaurants get very full in the evenings and your pup might not be that much of a party animal. 

 

Holiday Foods Dogs Can’t Eat

                We always recommend that you feed your pups a high-quality dog food with a good balance of protein and vegetables as the main ingredients but if you feel the urge to treat your furry friend here is a list from the ASPCA of a few foods to watch out for.

                Grapes and Raisins are toxic to dogs and even in small amounts can be harmful. The most serious issue is grapes and raisins can cause Kidney failure which can lead to death.  Signs to watch for include limited or no urination, vomiting, loss of appetite, lethargy/weakness and abdominal pain.

                Chocolate, Coffee, and Caffeine contains methylxanthines and can cause diarrhea, panting, excessive thirst & urination, hyperactivity, abnormal heart rhythm, tremors, seizures, and even death. The purer the ingredient the more toxic it is, dark chocolate is more toxic than milk chocolate.

Macadamia Nuts can cause weakness, depression, vomiting, tremors, and hyperthermia in dogs, which can last for 12-48 hours.

Garlic, Onions, Shallots, and other species of the Allium family cannot be properly digested by dogs which can cause a condition called hemolytic anemia, where your dog’s red blood cells can begin to burst. According to Dr. Justine Lee “In general, garlic can be more concentrated than onion. It’s actually considered to be about 5X as potent as an onion.” It can take days for symptoms to appear after a dog eats garlic but you should watch for Breathlessness, lethargy, diarrhea, vomiting, pale gums, elevated heart & respiratory rates, and weakness.

Salty snack foods can cause your dog to be overly thirsty and excessively urinate. Over eating salty foods can lead to vomiting, diarrhea, depression, tremors, elevated body temperature, and seizures.

Raw yeast dough can cause gas to accumulate in your pet’s digestive system. Severe bloating, and potentially twisting, is extremely painful and can become a life-threatening emergency for you dog.

                Inducing vomiting is the first step you can take if you know they have ingested anything should not have. This can be done by giving your dog hydrogen peroxide solution of one teaspoon per five pounds of body weight, with no more than three teaspoons given at once. The ASPCA Poison Control Helpline is 888-426-4435 and is a great resource if you suspect there is an issue. Always seek treatment from your veterinarian with any medical emergency.

 

Bordetella

                Commonly known as Kennel Cough, Bordetella Bronchiseptica is an upper respiratory tract infection which is extremely contagious among dogs and needs to be vaccinated for. At Jax Dog Drop, we require all our customers to be current on their Bordetella vaccines and track their shot dates on our computer system (we also monitor Rabies, Distemper, and Fecal exams).

There are injectable and intranasal (squirted into the nostrils) vaccines, which builds your dog’s immunity towards the virus but does not fully eliminate their risk of getting Bordetella.

The symptoms of Bordetella are a dry hacking cough sometimes followed by retching, watery nasal discharge, lethargy, fever, Pneumonia, and in severe cases even death. Bacterial cultures, blood work, or a chest X-ray can be performed to positively diagnosis the virus. You should consult your veterinarian if you suspect your dog has Bordetella.

Bordetella typically takes 7-21 days to fully recover from and your dog should be kept way from (quarantined) from other pets and animals during this time. For most minor cases your dog will continue to eat, drink, sleep, and even play. Keep your dog in a warm, dry place and give them plenty of time for rest. If the symptoms get severe or your dog has trouble breathing you need to take them to the vet immediately. This can be a sign of a chest infection and antibiotics will be needed.

 

Canine Influenza

                The dog flu, Influenza H3N8 & H3N2, captured major headlines last winter with outbreaks in the East coast and Midwest United States. According to the CDC, there is no evidence of transmission of canine influenza virus from dogs to people. This strain of the flu virus originated in horses and in 2004 it spread to dogs at a race track in Florida. By 2015 this virus has been reported in 25 states and last winter Chicago veterinarians saw over 1,500 cases in a two-month period. This is a relatively new disease that dog owners need to be aware of but there are preventative measures you can take to keep your pooch healthy.

                The symptoms and treatment for dog flu are very similar to the human version. Signs to watch for are vomiting, diarrhea, fever, coughing, runny eyes, lethargy, and loss of appetite. If it is not treated it can lead to Pneumonia.

A diagnosis needs to be performed by your veterinarian by taking blood or a nasal swab during the first four days of the illness. If you dog is positive for H3N8 or H3N2 the treatment is largely supportive. Keep your dog in a warm dry place and give them plenty of time to rest. Make sure they are kept well hydrated and continue to eat their food. Dogs who have come down with the flu need to be isolated for at least 21 days.

This is a new disease for the dog community but researchers are working on solutions. There is a vaccination that your veterinarian can give your dog which will greatly reduce the chances of becoming infected with the virus. The initial doses are given in two injections, several weeks apart, and then followed up with an annual booster shot.

 

This is a lot of information to digest, but we at Jax Dog Drop want to make sure you all have a fun and safe winter season!  We are looking forward to wrapping up 2016 and moving onto the New Year.

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