Kennel cough is a common infection in dogs, particularly after they’ve been in a crowded place such as a boarding kennel, grooming facility, or animal shelter. This video provides a description of kennel cough along with some tips for identifying it.
The most obvious sign of kennel cough is when an otherwise healthy animal suddenly begins coughing and wheezing, particularly after being in an environment with lots of other dogs. Kennel cough also causes extreme sensitivity in the trachea, so if your dog suddenly can’t stand his collar, it might be due to kennel cough. Take your dog to an animal hospital if he stops eating or becomes extremely lethargic. If you think your pet might have come down with kennel cough, contact your veterinarian at once.
Heart of Chelsea Animal Hospital provides quality pet care to the communities of Greenwich Village and Chelsea. Call us today at (917) 675-3708 if you’re concerned about your pet possibly having kennel cough.
Even if you already know the benefits of holistic medicine and herbology for improving your own well-being, you may not realize that your pet can benefit from herbology as well. At Heart of Chelsea Animal Hospital, we believe that the answer is yes. By embracing both conventional and holistic pet care, we can improve your pet’s overall condition, rather than just treating an isolated symptom.
What is Herbology?
Herbology refers to the ancient practice of using medicinal plants for health benefits. It’s a practice that continues today, as a quarter of conventional pharmaceuticals are plant-derived. In pet care, we know that animals are naturally drawn to certain plants. By applying years of traditional knowledge as well as modern pharmacological information, your veterinarian can use herbs to help with some chronic conditions as well as promote general health and well-being.
How can Herbology Help My Pet?
There are many herbs that have beneficial uses in pet care. You probably already know that catnip can soothe a feline, but did you know that cat thyme, a lesser-known herb, has a similar happiness-inducing effect? Calendula has antiseptic qualities, and garlic has immune-boosting effects. There are others: Aloe vera is a natural soothing agent for rashes or stings, valerian can have a calming effect on hyper-active animals, and peppermint is good for digestion.
Who Should Practice Herbology?
While many herbs are helpful, there are others that are harmful to animals, or must be applied only externally. It’s important to use herbology only under the care of a knowledgeable veterinarian. Don’t try to self-administer herbs without visiting an animal hospital that specializes in herbology. The American Holistic Veterinary Medical Association and the International Veterinary Acupuncture Society are two professional organizations that promote holistic animal care and can refer you to a qualified veterinarian.
If you are looking for holistic animal care in Chelsea, call Heart of Chelsea Animal Hospital at (917) 675-3708. We strive to blend traditional and holistic methods for the most balanced approach to animal care.
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Whether your furry companion is a young puppy or a distinguished, older animal, it requires routine veterinary examinations. Through these examinations, you can make sure that your cat or dog continues to live a happy, healthy life. You will also be able to screen for any hygiene issues or diseases that are common in your particular breed of pet.
This article in the Chicago Tribute illustrates the importance of developing a custom vaccination plan for your pet.
The gentle and friendly nature of many hound dogs makes them a great addition to any family, especially one with small kids. If you already own a hound, you may have noticed that your pet’s unique physical structure requires extra maintenance to stay healthy. Your regular veterinarian can educate you on how to properly care for your particular breed. They can also screen for common diseases that can compromise his or her health.
Proper Ear Care
Hound dogs have acute hearing and sensing abilities that make them ideal hunters. For example, the long, droopy ears of basset hounds allow them to gain detailed information about the location of small prey such as rabbits. Unfortunately, their wide ears can also trap moisture and dirt more easily than those of another breed. It’s important to regularly clean your hound’s ears with a gentle hydrogen peroxide or veterinarian-recommended cleaning solution.
The skeletal structures of many hound dogs are quite heavy and difficult for their shorter legs to support. If dogs gain excess weight, it can become hard for them to easily move and run around. Taking your hound on a daily walk at a moderate pace is a great way to ensure that they get the exercise they need in order to stay fit.
Regular Social Interaction
Because hound dogs were bred to hunt and live in packs, they crave social interaction. They greatly enjoy running around the dog park and interacting with other breeds as well as being showered with attention from their owners. Unfortunately, these hunting instincts mean that they can easily become distracted by the scent of potential prey and wander off. Having a microchip implanted in your hound is a great way to keep them safe when their natural curiosity leads them astray.
To learn more about caring for your hound, schedule an appointment with the experienced veterinary staff of the Heart of Chelsea Animal Hospital. We can provide your pet with regular physical examinations, preventative treatment, and emergency surgical procedures. If you have any questions, contact us today at (917) 675-3708.