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Canine Influenza

What Is a Canine Influenza or Dog Flu? Do You Have to Worry about It When Your Dog Is Traveling with You?

Canine influenza, or in simple words, dog flu is a respiratory and highly contagious disease found in dogs. This new disease was first seen in the United States in 2004. The virus caused the death of Greyhound dogs at the race track in New Jersey and since then it has become infamous in the canine world. The responsible virus behind canine influenza is H3N8. However, another strain of the virus, H3N2 emerged afterward. Both the virus can make canines sick badly and cause the deaths if not provided with proper medical attention.

Even though canine influenza makes frequent appearances in news, fortunately, the virus is not that widespread and does not affect each and every dog and kill. Most importantly, it can be prevented by the precautions. If you’re traveling to another state or country, you will have to look at how prevalent the canine flu is in that place. Moreover, it is crucial to know how the disease spreads, where your dog is prone to get infected, and how to keep your dog safe from the virus.

How Canine Influenza Spreads

Just like mammalian influenza spreads among humans through a respiratory medium, dog flu spreads by the droplets that contain nasal secretion when a dog sniffs, barks, licks, or shares their things with other dogs. It also spreads if you caress your pooch after touching an influenza-infected doggie.

That said, dog flu can spread through water and food bowls, collars, harnesses, or clothes of infected canines, public dog water drinking, kennels, shelters, pet boarding, walking, and sitting services where many dogs gather and likely to contract influenza virus.

Canine flu virus can live up to 48 hours on any surface, 24 hours on clothing, and 12 hours on hands. Only 80% of infected pooches show symptoms of the disease while the rest still can spread the virus so you can never say the dog is infected or not by his general well-being. Laboratory tests are the only way to diagnose the disease. Moreover, dogs are most contagious during the virus incubation period which is 2-8 days and still, there will be no symptoms at all in the infected dog and might be shedding the virus everywhere he goes.

What Are the Signs You Should Care For

When it’s time for your most awaited holidays you never want to think your pooch has already contracted the virus and you will be immersed in taking care of your sick doggie and taking him to vet in a foreign place.

So before you fly, if your dog is showing symptoms similar to a kennel cough it warrants a vet visit. Dog flu has similar symptoms that a kennel cough would induce- soft, dry cough or a moist cough. Moreover, these symptoms won’t disappear till 10 to 21 days despite being on cough suppressants and other antibiotics. There are few other symptoms which may accompany a dog such as sneezing, nasal and/or oculus discharge.  Mostly, nasal discharge happens due to secondary bacterial infection.

The severe cases are those when canines start exhibiting the clinical signs of pneumonia. A high-grade fever (104°F to 106°F) and increased respiratory rate are the symptoms you will see. Although most canines recover without incidents, there are cases of deaths reported due to H3N2.

If even a single sign appears in your pooch, you should pay a visit to the vet office. Your vet might instruct you to keep him in your car as he can shed influenza virus to other dogs in the office if at all he is infected. Moreover, there’s no season of canine influenza, it can produce acute infections at any time of the year.

A Little Bit about Preventive Measures

Before you take off, don’t miss to read these preventive measures to keep your pooch safe from canine influenza. We have discussed earlier that your dog is prone to the virus where dogs congregate. Go to your vet and ask him about how prevalent the disease is in the place you’re visiting.

Make sure you are using a soundproof crate for your dog if you are traveling by airway. This will help your dog to relax and calm while jet engines rev.

It might be inconvenient to take all of your dog’s things, for example, his/her favorite plush dog bed, leash, harness, toys, and each and everything he uses at home but you will thank yourself for bringing his own things, especially, food bowls and water bowls. In a nutshell, don’t let your pooch use other doggies’ things and share his own things with them. Your pooch is likely to catch flu at places like dog parks, beaches, and every place where dogs gather in large number. So try to avoid visiting those places with your dog. If your pooch is not going to accompany you then give your pet sitter strict instructions about the preventive measures. Bookmark Pet Jets and visit us again for pet health articles related to flying.

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How to Be a Great Pet Owner When You’ve Never Done It Before

If you’re considering welcoming a new pet into your home and life, you will not be disappointed. A pet will benefit your life by keeping you active, keeping you healthy, providing you with emotional support, loving you unconditionally, and improving your relationships overall. The question shouldn’t be whether to get a pet, but what pet you should get. According to the Washington Post, “research shows that owners and their pets bond best when the owner has a clear idea of what he wants from his pet.” Choosing Your New Pal Once you have made the decision to get a pet, the next choice is determining what kind of pet to get. If you live in a small space with no fenced-in outdoor areas, you would benefit from a smaller animal, such as a cat, hamster, or small dog. If you enjoy outdoor activities, like runs on the beach or hikes in the woods, you and a high-energy K-9 might be a perfect match. If you have a larger home, a larger pet like a Labrador Retriever wouldn’t get underfoot. If you’re away from home a lot and don’t have ample time to spend with your pet, you should choose an animal that is more independent in nature, such as a fish or cat, who wouldn’t require a walk for exercise or let outside every few hours. If you suffer from allergies, you can look into dogs and cats that produce less dander and have non-shedding coats. Do not impulse buy or adopt a pet; instead, take some time to examine your needs, wants, and lifestyle, and then conduct the research to find your best match. Preparing Your House for Your New Roomie Naturally, the type of pet you choose will ultimately determine what kind of preparations you need to make to your house. Your pet will have certain needs that you should anticipate beforehand. If you have a pet that needs a crate, bed, cage, or tank, buy it ahead of time. Stock your house with food, treats, toys, a litter box, pee pads, and/or newspapers. Safeguard your pet from power cords, choking hazards, and poisonous plants. There is bound to be an occasional mess, and having the right tools on hand to clean up that mess will simplify your life. If you don’t have a vacuum cleaner that tackles pet dander and hair, find a model that has a filter which removes allergens, has an attachment for removing hair from small crevices and upholstery, works efficiently, and maneuvers easily. Making the House the Home If you’re welcoming a rescue animal into your family, be sure to prepare yourself and your family ahead of time to have patience and to take cues from the animal of how much and how often to invade in their space. If your pet has a blanket, bed, or toy that has their scent, the scent of their litter, or the scent of a space they are used to, then make sure to bring it with them. Assign each member of your household a pet responsibility that will enable each person to bond with the pet. Especially at the beginning of your relationship with your pet, it is essential to establish trust by having frequent interactions through exercise, play time, and training. Getting a pet may be one of the best decisions you ever make. Remember to take all factors into account when choosing what kind of pet to get, and be sure to properly prepare your home and family for the new addition. Finally, make sure everyone in the family participates in bonding with the pet. You’ll learn a lot of it as you go, but being prepared will help you be a great owner and enjoy the process right from the start. Photo Credit: Pexels

If you’re considering welcoming a new pet into your home and life, you will not be disappointed. A pet will benefit your life by keeping you active, keeping you healthy, providing you with emotional support, loving you unconditionally, and improving your relationships overall. The question shouldn’t be whether to get a pet, but what pet you should get. According to the Washington Post, “research shows that owners and their pets bond best when the owner has a clear idea of what he wants from his pet.”
 
Choosing Your New Pal
 
Once you have made the decision to get a pet, the next choice is determining what kind of pet to get. If you live in a small space with no fenced-in outdoor areas, you would benefit from a smaller animal, such as a cat, hamster, or small dog. If you enjoy outdoor activities, like runs on the beach or hikes in the woods, you and a high-energy K-9 might be a perfect match. If you have a larger home, a larger pet like a Labrador Retriever wouldn’t get underfoot.
 
If you’re away from home a lot and don’t have ample time to spend with your pet, you should choose an animal that is more independent in nature, such as a fish or cat, who wouldn’t require a walk for exercise or let outside every few hours. If you suffer from allergies, you can look into dogs and cats that produce less dander and have non-shedding coats. Do not impulse buy or adopt a pet; instead, take some time to examine your needs, wants, and lifestyle, and then conduct the research to find your best match.
 
Preparing Your House for Your New Roomie
 
Naturally, the type of pet you choose will ultimately determine what kind of preparations you need to make to your house. Your pet will have certain needs that you should anticipate beforehand. If you have a pet that needs a crate, bed, cage, or tank, buy it ahead of time. Stock your house with food, treats, toys, a litter box, pee pads, and/or newspapers. Safeguard your pet from power cords, choking hazards, and poisonous plants.
 
There is bound to be an occasional mess, and having the right tools on hand to clean up that mess will simplify your life. If you don’t have a vacuum cleaner that tackles pet dander and hair, find a model that has a filter which removes allergens, has an attachment for removing hair from small crevices and upholstery, works efficiently, and maneuvers easily.
 
Making the House the Home
 
If you’re welcoming a rescue animal into your family, be sure to prepare yourself and your family ahead of time to have patience and to take cues from the animal of how much and how often to invade in their space. If your pet has a blanket, bed, or toy that has their scent, the scent of their litter, or the scent of a space they are used to, then make sure to bring it with them. Assign each member of your household a pet responsibility that will enable each person to bond with the pet. Especially at the beginning of your relationship with your pet, it is essential to establish trust by having frequent interactions through exercise, play time, and training.
 
Getting a pet may be one of the best decisions you ever make. Remember to take all factors into account when choosing what kind of pet to get, and be sure to properly prepare your home and family for the new addition. Finally, make sure everyone in the family participates in bonding with the pet. You’ll learn a lot of it as you go, but being prepared will help you be a great owner and enjoy the process right from the start.
 
Photo Credit: Pexels

 
How to Be a Great Pet Owner When You’ve Never Done It Before
 
If you’re considering welcoming a new pet into your home and life, you will not be disappointed. A pet will benefit your life by keeping you active, keeping you healthy, providing you with emotional support, loving you unconditionally, and improving your relationships overall. The question shouldn’t be whether to get a pet, but what pet you should get. According to the Washington Post, “research shows that owners and their pets bond best when the owner has a clear idea of what he wants from his pet.”
 
Choosing Your New Pal
 
Once you have made the decision to get a pet, the next choice is determining what kind of pet to get. If you live in a small space with no fenced-in outdoor areas, you would benefit from a smaller animal, such as a cat, hamster, or small dog. If you enjoy outdoor activities, like runs on the beach or hikes in the woods, you and a high-energy K-9 might be a perfect match. If you have a larger home, a larger pet like a Labrador Retriever wouldn’t get underfoot.
 
If you’re away from home a lot and don’t have ample time to spend with your pet, you should choose an animal that is more independent in nature, such as a fish or cat, who wouldn’t require a walk for exercise or let outside every few hours. If you suffer from allergies, you can look into dogs and cats that produce less dander and have non-shedding coats. Do not impulse buy or adopt a pet; instead, take some time to examine your needs, wants, and lifestyle, and then conduct the research to find your best match.
 
Preparing Your House for Your New Roomie
 
Naturally, the type of pet you choose will ultimately determine what kind of preparations you need to make to your house. Your pet will have certain needs that you should anticipate beforehand. If you have a pet that needs a crate, bed, cage, or tank, buy it ahead of time. Stock your house with food, treats, toys, a litter box, pee pads, and/or newspapers. Safeguard your pet from power cords, choking hazards, and poisonous plants.
 
There is bound to be an occasional mess, and having the right tools on hand to clean up that mess will simplify your life. If you don’t have a vacuum cleaner that tackles pet dander and hair, find a model that has a filter which removes allergens, has an attachment for removing hair from small crevices and upholstery, works efficiently, and maneuvers easily.
 
Making the House the Home
 
If you’re welcoming a rescue animal into your family, be sure to prepare yourself and your family ahead of time to have patience and to take cues from the animal of how much and how often to invade in their space. If your pet has a blanket, bed, or toy that has their scent, the scent of their litter, or the scent of a space they are used to, then make sure to bring it with them. Assign each member of your household a pet responsibility that will enable each person to bond with the pet. Especially at the beginning of your relationship with your pet, it is essential to establish trust by having frequent interactions through exercise, play time, and training.
 
Getting a pet may be one of the best decisions you ever make. Remember to take all factors into account when choosing what kind of pet to get, and be sure to properly prepare your home and family for the new addition. Finally, make sure everyone in the family participates in bonding with the pet. You’ll learn a lot of it as you go, but being prepared will help you be a great owner and enjoy the process right from the start.
 
Photo Credit: Pexels

 How to Be a Great Pet Owner When You’ve Never Done It Before If you’re considering welcoming a new pet into your home and life, you will not be disappointed. A pet will benefit your life by keeping you active, keeping you healthy, providing you with emotional support, loving you unconditionally, and improving your relationships overall. The question shouldn’t be whether to get a pet, but what pet you should get. According to the Washington Post, “research shows that owners and their pets bond best when the owner has a clear idea of what he wants from his pet.” Choosing Your New Pal Once you have made the decision to get a pet, the next choice is determining what kind of pet to get. If you live in a small space with no fenced-in outdoor areas, you would benefit from a smaller animal, such as a cat, hamster, or small dog. If you enjoy outdoor activities, like runs on the beach or hikes in the woods, you and a high-energy K-9 might be a perfect match. If you have a larger home, a larger pet like a Labrador Retriever wouldn’t get underfoot. If you’re away from home a lot and don’t have ample time to spend with your pet, you should choose an animal that is more independent in nature, such as a fish or cat, who wouldn’t require a walk for exercise or let outside every few hours. If you suffer from allergies, you can look into dogs and cats that produce less dander and have non-shedding coats. Do not impulse buy or adopt a pet; instead, take some time to examine your needs, wants, and lifestyle, and then conduct the research to find your best match. Preparing Your House for Your New Roomie Naturally, the type of pet you choose will ultimately determine what kind of preparations you need to make to your house. Your pet will have certain needs that you should anticipate beforehand. If you have a pet that needs a crate, bed, cage, or tank, buy it ahead of time. Stock your house with food, treats, toys, a litter box, pee pads, and/or newspapers. Safeguard your pet from power cords, choking hazards, and poisonous plants. There is bound to be an occasional mess, and having the right tools on hand to clean up that mess will simplify your life. If you don’t have a vacuum cleaner that tackles pet dander and hair, find a model that has a filter which removes allergens, has an attachment for removing hair from small crevices and upholstery, works efficiently, and maneuvers easily. Making the House the Home If you’re welcoming a rescue animal into your family, be sure to prepare yourself and your family ahead of time to have patience and to take cues from the animal of how much and how often to invade in their space. If your pet has a blanket, bed, or toy that has their scent, the scent of their litter, or the scent of a space they are used to, then make sure to bring it with them. Assign each member of your household a pet responsibility that will enable each person to bond with the pet. Especially at the beginning of your relationship with your pet, it is essential to establish trust by having frequent interactions through exercise, play time, and training. Getting a pet may be one of the best decisions you ever make. Remember to take all factors into account when choosing what kind of pet to get, and be sure to properly prepare your home and family for the new addition. Finally, make sure everyone in the family participates in bonding with the pet. You’ll learn a lot of it as you go, but being prepared will help you be a great owner and enjoy the process right from the start. Photo Credit: Pexels

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Dogs Health

Is Your AC Paws-itively Impacting Your Dogs Health?

AC has become a staple in most households today, and with good reason. The effects of climate change, for one, has brought about hotter summers which can get extremely uncomfortable without an AC.

Aside from comfort, a good AC can remove indoor pollutants ensuring good health for both you and your pet.

Your dog’s role in air quality

Pets and indoor air quality go hand in hand. Your dog sheds hair and skin cells around the clock. Having these particles as well as dust, smoke, gas fumes, and carpet fluff among others, floating in the air you breathe lowers overall air quality and impacts your health.

Some effects of indoor pollutants may show immediately while some will build up and become symptomatic over time. Irritation of the nose, eyes and throat, fatigue, dizziness, and headaches are some of the short-term effects. Taking away these pollutants can ease the symptoms immediately.

It is the long-term effects that you should be more concerned about as they can lead to respiratory diseases, heart disease, and even cancer.

Scientists agree that when air quality is bad for humans, it’s equally bad for dogs too. Pet health is also affected by poor air quality. However, some dogs are affected more than others. Dogs with asthma or bronchitis; brachycephalic dogs like bulldogs, Boston terriers, and Pugs; as well as puppies and senior dogs tend to feel the effects more.

How can you tell if you have poor air quality?

The easiest way to determine indoor air quality would be to call in a professional to do an assessment, but you could also choose to conduct an evaluation on your own. Here are a few pointers if DIY is more your speed:

  1. Is any member of your household or your dog experiencing allergic reactions or an aggravation of existing allergies? If you answer in the affirmative, then this is an indication that your air quality is compromised.
  2. Are there any sources of pollution inside your home? These could be dust and fumes from living on a busy street or even indoor smoke. While having a source of pollution does not out rightly mean you have bad air quality, it can be a cause of it in future.
  3. Is the ventilation in your home sufficient? To answer this question consider the following:
  • Is there condensed moisture on windows and walls?
  • Is the air smelly or stuffy?
  • Is your cooling equipment dirty?
  • Is there mold on shoes, handbags and books?

In the event that you are able to spot these, then you should start thinking about how to improve your ventilation.

What can you do to protect your family and your dog?

Once you know what to look out for, the next step is to figure out how to get around it and ensure that your family, including your pawed member is well taken care of. Here are a few things to implement in your home for better air quality:

  • Ventilation

The simplest way to improve ventilation is by opening doors and windows. This will allow cross flows that improves circulation around the house.

  • Wash your furry friend regularly

Washing your dog often will help reduce shedding and cut down on dander. This will reduce the amount of dander circulating in the air you breathe.

  • Use a vacuum with a HEPA filter

HEPA filters are designed to trap a large array of allergens as you clean. These include pollen, mold, spores, pet dander, fur, dust. This gives your entire family better air and keeps allergies at bay, or under control.

  • Good Air Conditioning system

This is the ultimate go-to for clean indoor air. It takes little effort on your part, and can be used year round. Also for houses where opening windows is not an option, the AC system is still a viable alternative. For dog owners, you may notice that your filter clogs faster than usual. With dog fur and dander in the air, your system is working overtime to maintain good indoor air quality, to ensure both you and your pet’s health is taken care of. To maintain efficiency, ensure that you change the filters regularly. During the summer months, when you use your system more, check your filters for clogging every month without fail. If your air is “smelly” or “stuffy” you might also consider purchasing an air purifier for pets.

Another way of ensuring your HVAC systems works optimally is by regular maintenance service.

With these tips, you know what to look out for, as well as what to do to ensure your dog stays happy and healthy throughout the year. Aside from enjoying a better quality of life, you should note good pet health and as a result fewer trips to the veterinarian. We hope you enjoyed this article and it helps with your dogs health.

How Dogs Can Improve Your Mental Health

How Dogs Can Improve Your Mental Health

Our canine companions offer us so much, and they ask for very little in return. However, what you may not know is that your dog is actually able to help boost your mental health as well, and in more ways than you can imagine. How dogs can improve your mental health you might ask? Here are some of the things your dog can do to help you when you are feeling at your worst.

How Dogs Can Improve Your Mental Health

Boosting Your Mood

Aside from simply petting them causing a whole range of positive emotions, the fact that you are able to care for something successfully leaves you with a sense of self-worth and validation. They will get you out to socialise, but they are also there to support you through every emotion.

Calming Stress and Anxiety

Simply being near or stroking your dog releases oxytocin, the hormone responsible for reducing stress, anxiety, blood pressure, and heart rate. This is ideal if you are feeling anxious or on edge as your dog has a calming effect that will leave you feeling more relaxed and at peace than you were before.

Getting You Out and Providing Structure

Mental health issues can lead us to lack any form of structure or organisation in our day, but dogs are able to rectify this. Not only do they make sure we get outside every day to take them on a walk, but you also need to feed them at specific times, play with them, let them outside, and generally care for them.

To Conclude

Hopefully, this has given you a little more insight into the ways your dog may be able to help you reach a better place mentally. However, if you want to learn more, you can read our extensive article on the subject – showing you every way your dog can benefit you, as well as your loved ones. For more helpful articles in regards to pets, bookmark PetJets.com

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How to Stop Dogs From Chewing Everything

How to Stop Dogs From Chewing Everything

A dog training question that I am asked quite frequently by dog owners is “how to stop dogs from chewing?”. I can only answer that it is a common and natural behavior for dogs to chew on things. You don’t want dogs to stop chewing altogether, because believe it or not, it is actually good for them to chew as it helps to keep their teeth and gums healthy and clean. You just want to stop dogs from chewing on everything they see.

How to Stop Dogs From Chewing Everything

  • Chewing Furniture:

Chewing can be a great problem if your dog chooses to chew on the wrong objects. It is important that your dog is aware of the difference between appropriate and inappropriate objects to chew on. This is extremely important for the health of your dog and your sanity. It would not do either of you much good if you were to find him chewing on the leg of your Queen Ann table.

A lot of money and heartache can be saved by learning how to stop dogs from chewing furniture.

  • Good Options:

It is important to ensure that your dog has an ample supply of suitable objects to chew on. Chewing on suitable objects is good for your dog and it is your responsibility, as the dog owner, to ensure that they are provided with such objects.

It is beneficial to ensure that your dog has a suitable assortment of chew toys available which will satisfy his need to chew without destroying something that is of importance to you.

  • Substitution:

Having appropriate substitutions will ensure that your dog is willing to exchange with you. Having appropriate substitutions will also stop dogs from chewing the wrong things.

For example, he will happily give you back your slipper in exchange for a chew toy. Being able to provide your dog with alternative items is a good way to make him understand what appropriate chewing object are and what are not.

  • Obedience Basis:

Just as it is with any bad behavior, establishing a good foundation of obedience training is the perfect way to correct the problem. This will allow you to communicate with your dog and ensure that he understands that you are in charge.

Communicating with your dogs to stop chewing inappropriate objects helps to establish your control. Once this communication has been established, you will find it much easier to deal with certain behavioral problems.

How to Stop Dogs From Chewing Everything

  • Dangers of Chewing:

You can find it extremely expensive if your dog enjoys chewing on inappropriate objects in the home. However, this is not the only reason to ensure that you make it a priority to put a stop to that behavior.

Your dog needs boundaries when it comes to chewing, otherwise, he could end up having a fatal accident when chewing on something that is dangerous for him. By teaching dogs to stop chewing everything they come across will ensure their safety and even save their life.

There are numerous objects around the house that are extremely dangerous to any dog when he chews on them. Electrical wires and cleaning products are possibly the most hazardous for dogs who haphazardly chew.

However, they are not the only dangerous things around the home. For this reason, it is imperative that your dog is trained to understand what he can and cannot chew.

  • Tailoring the Solution to the Problem:

Addressing behavioral problems is the key to ensuring that you and your dog live a long and happy relationship together. As with numerous behavioral problems, your dog’s inappropriate chewing may have several causes.

It is important that you understand where the behavioral problem is coming from to enable you to amend it. This is the only way that the problem can be approached at the right angle and to ensure rapid and positive results.

Getting dogs to stop chewing furniture and just about everything else they see is not an easy task to accomplish, but it is one that must be addressed.

Article By Guest Author: Tony Reed

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