Did you know that Canine Hepatitis is the "H" in DH(L)PP? Yeah... that weird shot your dog gets annually after 16 weeks of age? Now you do!
The virus spreads through blood, feces, urine, saliva, & those pesky sneezes with nasal discharge. If a health dog comes into contact with these bodily fluids from an infected dog, the virus immediately begins to replicate in the tonsils. The incubation period lasts 4-7 days, also affecting the liver & kidneys. The virus is in the Adenovirus Family & can last outside of the host for months in the right conditions. The Adenovirus that is shed through urine is most likely to last that amount of time. The symptoms include:
It is important to get your dogs checked annually & shots given ON time.
You can visit you local vets office, or even find fun local companies in your neighborhood pet shops.
Live West of the Mississippi?
Well if so, you are most likely used to Foxtails. In my neighborhood of Willow Glen located in San Jose, Ca, I never really encountered Foxtails in abundance. At least not enough that harmed my German Shepherd. I had more allergy issues than Duke ever did. Though, now living in the East Bay, it is simply redic.
Being a dog lover, sitter, & walker, I have noticed them being an annoyance all over the place! If I think they are annoying, I could only imagine being a dog.
Foxtails can get into everywhere & looking like a barbed badminton ball, they only move or, "burrow" themselves in a forward direction. They can hide under fur & bury under the skin. This can cause a drain tract which can leave the skin & blood open to infection. On top of that, they carry bacteria that can spread throughout your dogs body once in the bloodstream. If you have a fluffy dude, like Multipoo, You MUST at LEAST check their paws after a good walk. If the Foxtail gets lodged in the skin, it can move around & become almost impossible to find & remove. You must be cautious as Foxtails are notorious for getting in between paw pads & in their noses, though we'll get back to the nose thing later..
If they get in a dogs ear, it can cause pain, headaches, & your dog will most likely continuously shake their head trying to avoid the discomfort.
And the nose... lets get back to that.
I thought I had problems with my sneezing. Have you ever seen a dog with a Foxtail in their nose!? It really is an awful sight. It can cause discharge, bleeding, major pain, & it will not get out on its own. A dogs body simply cannot break down the Foxtail if it gets in their body. It is a very delicate process to get the Foxtail out of a dogs nose. If you think it is obtainable at home, there is a link from Wikihow.com on how to safely remove it. I really would go to the vet in this case. Please, please go to the vet!
Fox tails are not something to take lightly. they are harmful & abundant, especially this time of year. Please keep your pup safe & look daily.