Dog Health

Your pets health and dog boarding at the Barrie Inn

Your Pet’s Health (Dog Health)

Diarrhea is uncommon at our Long Island dog boarding facility but it does occur. Although must dogs never get diarrhea while being boarded, others get it every time they are boarded.  Occasionally a pet that has had a normal stool while here will get diarrhea when they return home.
What can cause this sudden onset of gastric upset?  Stress – Related to Diarrhea.

The most common cause of diarrhea is “ stress.” This cause of diarrhea most frequently occurs with your pet if he has never been boarded or is infrequently boarded.  A sudden change in your pet’s routine can cause some dogs to stress a little bit and the result can be gastric upset.  This is also the reason your pet might develop diarrhea when he returns home.

It is the change in environment that causes the stress. 

Dietary Change

Another cause of diarrhea can be a result of sudden change in diet.  This type of diarrhea can usually be avoided by providing us with your pet’s food.  Here at The Barrie Inn, we prefer to keep your pet on their own diet. If you do not bring your food, we will provide a mixed variety of health base food.

Canine (Kennel) Cough 

It is important that all clients are made aware that canine cough DOES NOT ORIGINATE IN A KENNEL. We absolutely will not ALLOW DOGS at The Barrie Inn who are coughing or show signs of canine cough.However, it may be impossible for us to tell when a dog has been exposed to canine cough Prior to his/ her arrival.

We require all dogs that stay or train at The Barrie Inn to be vaccinated for canine (Kennel) cough. Canine cough, commonly referred to as Kennel Cough or a “Doggie cold” is a generic term used to indicate canine infectious tracheobronchitis, a highly infectious upper respiratory disease that is caused from a number of bacteria such as Bordetella bronchisephca, and viruses such as canine Para influenza.

Coughing, sneezing and nasal discharge are common symptoms of canine cough.These symptoms can last from a few days to several weeks.  Since canine cough is a viral infection, there is no “cure”, just as there is no cure for the common cold.

As a self-limiting disease, it will go away on its own just like any other cold or flu. However, many veterinarians will prescribe a cough suppressant and/orantibiotics to prevent secondary infections.