There is no specific guideline on how often to bathe your dog, although certain factors like quality and texture of his/her coat will be a good indication. Look for matting, build up, oils, and smell of the coat to determine when to bathe your dog. Regular brushing can help extend time between baths, and keep the coat clean, especially during times of shedding. Keep in mind that bathing your dog too often can rob his/her coat of essential oils and conditioners, and lead to irritated skin, and a dry, damaged coat. Always use shampoo that is made especially for dogs for proper pH balance and conditioning.
There is a major misconception with the origin of “kennel cough”. The name itself suggests that your dog can get kennel cough at a boarding facility, which is true; but only partially true. “Kennel cough” should be called canine cough, because that’s exactly what it is. Similar to the common cold, it can be spread and picked up in a dog park, a vet clinic, and even your back yard. Think of children and how easily they pick up a cold in elementary school. It is the same with your dogs, and depending on the severity and presence of other bacteria, it can develop into a harsh, more flu-like sickness. Canine cough is highly contagious and can carry many symptoms including: coughing, wheezing, retching, sneezing, and a runny nose. In severe cases, especially in puppies and elderly dogs, recovery takes weeks or leads to death.
Things you can do to help prevent canine cough in your dog:
- Get the proper vaccinations from your vet
- Help ensure your dog’s overall health
- Monitor your dog’s interaction with other dogs
- Be choosy when selecting your family pet resort
At Bark Avenue, we continually educate ourselves on any infectious disease or bacteria that could possibly infect our guests. We have taken proper and necessary steps to maintain a clean and healthy resort, with your dog’s health in mind:
- We require record of Bordetella vaccination upon check-in
- Separate climate zones with several independent air conditioners that frequently exchange air
- High cleanliness standards
- Proper sanitation procedures
- Isolation of possibly infected dogs
- Isolation of puppies and older, more prone dogs
One parasite that affects dogs in all 50 states, and can almost always be prevented is heartworm. Heartworm is transmitted by mosquitos, so be sure your dog is on a heartworm preventative regimen during and following monsoon season. Your vet can recommend an effective heartworm preventative, and we suggest annual blood work to verify your dog is heartworm free.
Symptoms of Heartworm:
- Causes shortness of breath or tiredness
- Causes coughing
Remember: Heartworm is preventable almost 100% of the time with a vet-recommended preventative.
Valley Fever in Dogs
Valley fever can occur in dogs just as it occurs in humans. It is not a contagious disease, and the only way to be infected is by inhaling the fungus spores from the soil.
Symptoms of Valley fever:
- Loss of appetite/Weight loss
- Lack of energy
- See a vet
- Antifungal medication
- Can take 6-12 months to treat
Although there is no sure-fire preventative, follow these tips to help avoid valley fever in your dog: prevent him/her from digging outdoors, prevent sniffing and digging in rodent holes, limit activities that stir up dust, be indoors more than outdoors.
Ticks are prevalent in Arizona as the weather begins to cool, and spend their time in bushes, brush, and long grass. They can carry a host of diseases, the most common being Lyme disease, and Rocky Mountain spotted fever. When a tick attaches to your dog, it latches on and feeds on your dog’s blood, and can transmit any diseases it is carrying.
Things you can do to prevent ticks on your dog:
- Use a tick preventative- one that your vet recommends for your area
- Check your dog frequently around the ears, neck, and shoulders, and in any areas with thick hair
- Bathe your dog regularly
- Be choosy when selecting your family pet resort
One requirement to lodge at Bark Avenue is that an active tick preventative be used on your dog. If you are not using regular tick preventative at home, we are happy to offer Frontline Plus.
Hot spots are the result of a skin infection on your dog, and are very uncomfortable and extremely painful for your pooch. They develop on various locations of the body, but larger, heavier-coated breeds are more susceptible to hot spots- especially in hot and humid climates. There are several causes for hot spots such as not thoroughly drying your dog after baths or swims, fleas, and not properly grooming your dog. Often times your dog will scratch at and bite the hot spots to gain temporary relief from the itching. If left untreated, the infection gets worse, and the sore areas can grow larger. If your dog has hot spots, see your vet promptly to get a solution for the hot spots. To help prevent hot spots, schedule your regular grooming appointment for your dog. Have you met our groomers?