Saturday, February 16, 2019

Top Veterinary Articles of the Week: Kennel Cough, Circovirus, and more ...

Kennel Cough in Dogs – It’s More Than You Think!

Dr. Christopher Byers/CriticalCareDVM

Top Veterinary Articles of the Week: Kennel Cough, Circovirus, and more ...

I imagine that everybody has heard of kennel cough; many dogs get it. But what is it really? While common, kennel cough is actually a rather complicated infection.

The medical term for kennel cough is canine infectious respiratory disease complex (CIRDC). Wow, right? That is because multiple pathogens can be involved in this disease, which includes a bunch of different viruses and a bunch of different bacteria.

Which of these viruses or bacteria actually cause kennel cough in your dog depends on your geographic area.

If you want to discover the complexities of kennel cough, read Dr. Byer's article.

Related articles:
What Does Kennel Cough Look Like?
Kolchak and Kennel Cough
The Kennel Cough Cock-Up: Kupo's Story

The Truth about Playing Tug with Your Dog

Dr. Marty Becker

"Dogs love to play tug, but people are always saying it’s not a good idea to indulge them in that love."

How is it? Playing tug with your dog--yay or nay?

When I play tug with my dogs, I sometimes do have concerns, but they have nothing to do with the reason people don't recommend it.

I wouldn't play tug with Jasmine after I found out she had bad neck. I didn't play tug when my dog had a leg injury. I am always careful that they don't slip or hit something hard with their head. That's about the scope of my concerns with this game. I never had any behavioral problems that would stem from playing tug.

Circovirus in Dogs: Should We Be Concerned?

Dr. Jean Dodds/Hemopet

While nobody knows how long dog circovirus has been around, it has been discovered somewhat recently after several dogs in Michigan potentially died from the infection. It is not clear whether all the dogs who died had circovirus or something else.

Regardless of the weak data, circoviruses are nasty and can make dogs seriously ill.

To learn more about circovirus, read Dr. Dodds' article.


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