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The high profile lawsuit against Purina Beneful has been a sharp reminder that when it comes to feeding our dogs, quality DOES matter.

To help customers learn the TRUE benefits of great nutrition, if you bring in ANY bag of food NOT sold by our store, we’ll give you a 12 pound bag of American Natural Premium Original Recipe food, absolutely free. Ol’ Roy? Bring it in. Beneful? Bring it in. Chuck Wagon? Gravy Train? Dog Chow? Bring ‘em in.

See what high quality ingredients can do for your pet. Stop in today and we will help you make a positive and healthy change in your dog’s life.

Pet Travel Safety Tips

Summer is right around the corner, which means road trips to the lake and to the beach. And of course we don’t want to leave anyone out- including our dogs. Here are some traveling safety tips from Animal Wellness Magazine.

More people are viewing their pets as full-fledged family members and bringing them along on errands or even on road trips.  Over 69% of people take their dogs along in the car for daily errands and 34% report bringing their pets along with them on overnight trips for two nights or more (APPA Survey, 2014). Before you head off on a cross-country road trip or around the corner to the dog park, make sure your pet is comfortable and safe.
Bring Water
Along with your own snacks and drinks, be sure to bring a water bottle and water bowl for your dog too. Dehydration can be a real problem even in colder weather. Dogs tend to pant more in the car, resulting in more dehydration than in their familiar home environment. There are many dog travel bowls available that collapse into a small size so you can easily tuck them into a car door or travel bag.


Always Have a Collar, Leash and ID Tag

It’s important to have your dog under control when making stops along the way or at your destination. Hundreds of pets are lost or injured each year when they jump out of cars uncontrolled into parking lot traffic or wander off from the doggie break area. Leashes, collars, and dog harnesses are essential for control. Also do not forget ID tags and ideally micro-chip your pet. If your dog gets lost, you will be thankful you have them to return him home safely.


Keep All Arms, Legs, Paws & Heads Inside the Vehicle
If you wouldn’t let your child hang out your car window, then why would you let your dog?  Many dogs enjoy doing this, but it isn’t worth the risk to your dog’s health. Susan O’Dell DVM, Kurgo Consulting Veterinarian, warns that allowing this can result in debris being kicked up into your pet’s eyes or exposing their lungs to pollution and exhaust fumes. Not to mention the risk of your dog being clipped by a passing car or jumping out the window at traffic stops.


Keep Fido in the Back Seat

Accidents are increasingly caused by distracted driving and nearly 30% of drivers admit to being distracted by their dog while driving (AAA/Kurgo Study).  For your dog’s safety and yours, pets should never be in the front seat with you or on your lap. You should be as distraction-free as possible when driving.
There are many products specifically designed to keep your pup out of the front seat. For example, a backseat barrier fits between the two front seats to prevent your pet from getting into the front seat. Dog hammocks can also be used to protect your car seats and keep your pet in the back. They hang between the front and back seats over the bench seat, attaching to the head rests. They create a cozy place for your pup to rest on a long trip while keeping everyone safe from distracted driving.


Buckle Up for Safety
Another way to prevent distracted driving is to restrain your dog. You can do this by putting your pet in a crate that is secured with a pet carrier restraint or by putting the crate behind one of the front seats on the floor so it doesn’t move when stopping short.

For larger dogs, the best solution is a dog harness and dog seat belt. There are several options that all prevent distracted driving and offer varying levels of movement for your pet. Using a crash-tested dog harness and running the car seat belt through the harness is the safest solution. If your dog can’t tolerate this restriction, you could start with a dog seat belt which connects the harness to your seat belt system. This typically gives a little more room to stand, sit, and lay down. For more restless dogs, you can also use a dog zip line product where you attach the harness to a line running across the back seat, allowing your pup to walk back and forth. This will at least keep them out of the front seat and ensure you can drive safely.

 

Never Leave Your Dog Alone

Dogs should never be left unattended in the car, regardless of the weather or how long you will be gone. Heat is the biggest concern, especially when considering that on an 85 degree day, car temperatures can reach up to 120 degrees within 10 minutes with the windows open!  Pets left alone can also attract pet thieves.  Our suggestion is to prevent these from ever occurring by simply bringing your pet along with you.

 

What’s Up With All Those Cat Naps?

Ever wondered why your cat sleeps most of the day? Modern Cat gives some insight as to why they do.

If you are a cat owner, you’ve probably gazed at Whiskers on the couch and asked, “Why does he sleep so much?” The answer is very simple, says a noted Texas A&M University animal behaviorist: It’s in their DNA.

Bonnie Beaver, a veterinarian at Texas A&M’s College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences and a former president of the American Veterinary Medical Association, says cats are natural sleepers – and they are very good at it.

When it comes to sleep, the news about cats is hardly out of the bag. Many cats sleep 16-20 hours a day, more than any other animal, and they are not picky about choosing a place for their cat nap – on top of a car or a roof, in a tree, their favorite chair or just about anywhere they can curl up for 40 winks or more.

“Let sleeping cats lie,” goes a French proverb, and it’s advice cats have taken to heart.

“Over the thousands of years that cats have evolved, so have their sleeping habits,” Beaver explains.

“Early on, they had to hunt for food to stay alive, and that desire for food can require a lot of energy. So sleeping helped cats conserve their energy, and even though the common housecat does not have to hunt for its next meal, a cat is still conditioned for sleep.

“House cats sleep a lot more than feral cats do because they don’t have to spend a lot of time searching for food.”

That’s not to say all of that sleep is purr-fect sleep, either.  A lot of that time – maybe as much as 40 percent – is spent resting and not in deep sleep, Beaver adds.

So with all of that sleeping, do cats dream like we do?

“We know that dreaming occurs in REM (rapid eye movement) sleep, and cats very much have an REM phase of sleep,” she notes.

“They also exhibit movements during REM sleep, so it is possible they can dream.  What are they dreaming about?  Since we can’t ask them, we really don’t know.” She adds that if a cat’s whiskers or paws twitch during sleep, it’s very possible it is dreaming.

And while dogs are known to snore almost as loud as your Uncle Fred, cats tend to be quiet sleepers, Beaver points out.  “Most cats don’t snore because they don’t have a loose, soft palate like many breeds of dogs do,” she says.

There’s also the flip side – if Fluffy appears to sleep very little, it may not be a true cat-astrophe, but it could be a sign that something is wrong.

“Cats are like people – each one is different,” Beaver adds.

“Each cat is unique, so if it does not seem to sleep much, it may be its normal routine.  It is more important to note changes in behavior. If it seems like the cat is not sleeping as much as it used to, it could meaning something is wrong; perhaps it’s suffering from hyperthyroidism. If that is the case, the cat needs to see a veterinarian.”

Your cat will thank you – once it is fully awake, of course. Or then again since it’s a cat, maybe not.

How Do You Leash Train a Dog?

Now that the weather is finally nice, it is time to get out and walk our dogs more! This can be hard to do sometimes- either your dog is pulling you or you are pulling your dog. Here is an article from Pet360 that gives some tips on leash training your dog.

download (1)While many first time dog owners may think teaching their dog to walk on a leash is a breeze, the rest of us know it can be anything but. Between pulling your pup to walk and getting dragged behind them as they speed ahead, there’s a certain science to getting your dog to walk nicely. We’ve asked an expert to share her leash training tips.

The Difficulties of Dog Leash Training

A common mistake dog owners make then they start leash training their dogs is to use the leash like a steering wheel: pulling it left, right or back at you to get the dog to do what you want, says Pamela Barlow, certified professional dog trainer at the ASPCA adoption Center. It seems natural, but it’s unfortunately not an effective way to train your dog. Signs of a poorly trained pup can include constant pulling on the leash or not paying attention to the handler, while signs of a poorly trained handler can also include constant pulling on the leash and neglecting to use their voice to praise their dog, Barlow said. Poor leash manners can also be a dog’s way of expressing their energy needs. If they haven’t had the opportunity to run or get proper exercise, they may be prone to pulling constantly.

Steps for Dog Leash Training

As impossible as it seems, you can absolutely teach your dog to walk nicely on a leash at any age. The first day you take home your pup, whether they’re eight weeks or eight years old, say a phrase like, “let’s go” while encouraging your dog to stay close to you with food, toys or verbal praise, Barlow says.

“After they’ve learned that this cue means to stick with you, attach a leash to your dog and let it drag on the ground while you practice,” she says. “When you’re very good at staying together, pick up the leash, say [the cue] and enjoy a leisurely stroll.”

Once you’re on a walk, keep your dog within a certain distance of you and encourage them to look at you regularly throughout your walk. Do this using positive reinforcement like toys, praise, or food in a quiet area before moving to a new area like a busy sidewalk or park, Barlow says.

Tips for Teaching Your Pup to Walk Nicely

Here are some additional tips from Barlow to help get you and your pup on the fast track to perfect leash walking:

  • Keep your dog’s attention on you by using your voice and body language before directing with a leash and if you exercise your dog before you walk by throwing a ball or playing a game in the house, you’ll have an easier time getting their attention and walking down the street.
  • Using toys and treats will make leash-training fun for both you and your dog. Another thing to keep in mind? Your attitude! “Dogs walk wonderfully with handlers that are ‘tuned in’ to them, making the walk fun,” Barlow says.
  • Find a leash length you’re comfortable with and stick to it. This keeps the expectation of how close your dog needs to be to you consistent and will help them catch on to training. Mark the leash with a knot, marker or piece of tape as a reminder of what your ideal length is.
  • If your dog’s an expert puller, try a harness or head halter to help. Just be sure to follow the directions of these devices carefully, as they have specific instructions about the sizing and proper use.

5 Dog Food Storage No-No’s

How to Safely Store Dry Dog Food from Pet360

“How you handle [dry] dog food once you have it at home can make a big difference in how long it remains fresh and maintains its ideal nutritional profile,” says Dr. Jennifer Coates. The following are five mistakes you don’t want to make in order to best keep your dog safe.

1. DON’T Throw Away the Original Packaging


High-quality dog food bags have been designed to keep out the elements and maintain its freshness for as long as possible. Keeping the dog food bag also has the added benefit of retaining the dog food’s barcode, expiration date, and batch code – all of which are important information to have, especially in the event of a dog food recall.

2. DON’T Expose Dog Food to Air


Sealing the dog food bag after every feeding helps prevent unnecessary exposure to air and humidity — both of which speed up the rate at which pet foods degrade and increase the risk of bacterial contamination like Salmonella.

3. DON’T Store Dog Food in Sunlight


Exposing the dog food bag to sunlight can elevate temperatures and humidity inside. This will also speed up food degradation and increase the risk of Salmonella contamination as well as other bacteria.

4. DON’T Keep Dog Food Past Expiration Date


Dog food expiration dates (sometimes known as “best by” or “use by” dates) are established to ensure the safety of your dog. Don’t take the risk by feeding your pet expired dog food.

5. DON’T Mix Old with New Dog Food


You may be tempted to transfer that last bit of dog food from the old bag to a new bag. Don’t! You may be unknowingly tainting your brand new bag of dry dog food.

 

Health Benefits of Functional Cat Treats

Don’t feel too guilty for treating your cat – if you have a real purpose! Pet360  explains.

 

Treating Your Cat

Cat owners show cats their love by giving treats as well as affection. While your everyday cat treats are basically empty calories and should be kept to a minimum, there are some special types of cat treats available that will give your cat a bit of supplemental nutrition.

Enhancing cat foods and treats with “special” ingredients is certainly nothing new. However, these days there are products available for many different desired results. These treats can be found in a variety of forms, including crunchies, freeze-dried bits, dried meats, soft pieces and more. All of these products are formulated to provide some additional benefit to the cat when given on a regular basis.

Targeting Your Cat’s Specific Needs

You may be wondering what sort of cat treats your furry friend could possibly benefit from?

Weight Control/Loss: If your cat is overweight, look for treats made to be low in fat and calories and high in fiber. Added ingredients such as L-carnitine (which has been shown to increase fat loss in animals) can be helpful for weight reduction.

Joint Care: If your older cat is slowing down and has trouble getting around, providing him with some extra ingredients for joint care (i.e., glucosamine and chondroitin) is now common practice. Vitamin E is an antioxidant that can also be added to cat treats to help reduce inflammation and soothe painful joints.

Dental Care/Bad Breath: Tartar buildup in the mouth can cause some serious halitosis in cats. Cat treats in this category have special chemicals or textures designed to help break down plaque and tartar. This can help reduce the amount of bacteria in your cat’s mouth, and thus the offensive odor. Many of these special cat treats also include chlorophyll, mint, or parsley in the mix to help cover up the smell for a short time. While these ingredients might not necessarily clean the teeth, they may just increase the amount of time between professional dental cleanings if given regularly.

Skin Health/Hair: Cats that have dry, flaky skin and rough, brittle hair can benefit from added omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids in their daily diets. These fatty acids can come from flaxseed, fish oil, or other natural sources. These ingredients work along with vitamins (such as vitamins A, E and D) to nourish the skin and hair and give it a glossy shine.

Digestive Health: If your cat has issues with a touchy digestive tract (irritable bowel or colitis), providing some extra fiber and/or beneficial probiotics/prebiotics might help to balance things out. Some ingredients you might see in these kinds of cat treats include fructo-oligosaccharides (FOS), yogurt, chicory, Brewer’s yeast and beet pulp.

Other: Other types of functional cat treats include ingredients for heart health (flaxseed, taurine, tumeric), immune system health (omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids), and behavioral issues (chamomile and lavender).

Advantages/Disadvantages of Functional Cat Treats

While these functional ingredients can certainly provide some benefits, there’s always a chance of giving your cat too much of a good thing. Even though these cat treats are considered “healthy” and do provide added nutrition to your cat’s diet, it is best not to overdo it. Be sure to read the package to find out the correct amount to give based on your cat’s weight and consult your veterinarian if you have any concerns about your cat’s health.

Protect Your Dog’s Joints

With the arrival of spring comes more outdoor play time for dogs. Animal Wellness Magazine shares information on the importance of caring for your dog’s joints so he can play safely. You can pick up Alaska Naturals Glucosamine in our store to use as one of the recommendations below.

Picture your dog jumping an obstacle. He launches his body into the air, and then depends on his front limbs to absorb the shock of landing. In order to do all this, every element of every joint need to be working right.

A joint consists of two bone ends, a fibrous joint capsule, and the space between the bone ends, which is filled with thick joint fluid. Smooth cartilage lines the ends of the bones. Surrounding the joint is an array of supportive soft tissue, tendons, ligaments and muscles. When the bones jostle around from activity, they are cushioned by the joint fluid and supported by the surrounding tissue.

The joint has dual actions that leave it vulnerable to injury. It needs to allow for maximum movement, flexion and extension; but it also needs to remain stacked for limb support during load bearing. These are opposite but vitally important actions. One without the other leaves the dog disabled.

When a joint moves, nerves signal some muscle groups to contract, and others to relax, leading to flexion or extension. The cartilage on the bone endings, bathed in joint fluid, allows the limb to bend smoothly.

The tendons and ligaments surrounding the joint not only allow movement, but protect the joint from harm. Muscle tissue that’s too weak can’t keep the joint from sliding out of place, leaving it unprotected against jarring movements. In contrast, particularly strong muscles around the joint can be inflexible and lead to strains. Muscle strains will heal, but damage to the cartilaginous bone ends of the joint can be much more serious.

CARTILAGE: JOINT PROTECTOR

Cartilage allows the joint to glide unimpeded. It also contains a high concentration of nerve fibers to protect the bones, and is so sensitive that even small changes in the joint fluid’s viscosity can cause an achy feeling from the slight friction. Cartilage signals the brain via pain whenever there is an issue in the joint. The pain allows the body to respond before damage occurs or worsens.

If the soft tissue surrounding a joint is not balanced, the joint will not be properly supported. If the joint fluid is thin, it won’t be able to absorb mechanical stress, and the bone endings will get dangerously close together. Cartilage plays a role by absorbing some of the mechanical stress – or causing pain to warn the body that the bone ends are coming into contact. If the dog does not respond to the pain, the bone ends can collide and cause damage to the cartilage, or even result in a fracture.

Cartilage is not fed by blood vessels, which means that when it’s damaged, it will never return to its original state. Once traumatic injury has begun in the cartilaginous surface of a joint, it becomes more difficult to prevent or reduce the effects of further trauma.

When cartilage is damaged, the body replaces it with an inferior fibrocartilage that is prone to chipping and breaking. If the joint capsule becomes inflamed, hydrolyzing enzymes that break down the complex proteins in joint fluids are released. This weakens the joint’s ability to protect itself from further damage. A weakened form of cartilage and lack of viscous joint fluid means injured joints face further jarring action and more damage.

Whenever a joint is damaged, it becomes inflamed. Arthritis, bursitis, tendonitis – all the “itises” refer to inflammation as a result of tissue damage. The combination of joint damage and increased pressure from the inflammation places stress on the soft tissues in and around the joint.

EXERCISE AND NUTRIENTS

People often ask me if they should continue exercising a dog with hip dysplasia or arthritis. My answer is that activity in moderation helps tone the muscles around the joint, and keep the joint moving. Swimming and underwater treadmills allow a dog to build muscular strength and support his joint health without pressure or concussion. However, strenuous activity such as jumping and fast directional changes should be minimized.

Joint fluid consists primarily of unique sugars. They combine amino acids to create compounds with some exceptionally concussion-absorbent properties. The drawback of such specialized fluids is that they are difficult to find outside joints. Easily accessible joint supplements I recommend include glucosamine, chondroitin and hyaluronic acid. They can help replace lost viscosity in joint fluid, and be used as a building block to repair joint cartilage, and lubricate joints, respectively. Your dog’s joints are delicate, so treat them right, feed and maintain them, and keep the muscles around them toned and limber.

Safe Flea Prevention

Spring is finally here, which means all kinds of insects start to appear around us and our pets. Here are some great tips to safely keep the biggest dog pest away: fleas.

When your dog ends up with fleas, it may seem easy to grab flea treatment such as Frontline for your dog. You know the name, but do you know when it’s in the product? Frontline, and other similar products, are known to have chemicals that can be dangerous for both your pet and you. Children are especially at risk due to proximity and age. So what safe treatments are out there? We have a few here at the Barkery that are safe and effective.

  • The Shoo Tag works to repel fleas and other insects through a magnetic strip on the tag.
  • Brewer’s Yeast Treatment which can be given with food or during grooming
  • Diatomaceous Earth  A powder for your garden or outdoors. If an insect with an exoskeleton comes in contact with diatomaceous earth, they die. At the same time, humans can rub it all over our skin, rub it in our hair, and even eat it – and we are unharmed.
  • Cedarcide Best Yet 100% organic cedar oil product that both kills and repels bugs

The National Resources Defense Council has also published a list of safe flea and tick treatments to treat your dog. Click here for more info

So keep your pup happy, healthy and flea-free this spring and summer! Stop in today.

Pesticide Safety for Your Pets

We’ll be bold and say that spring is here in Kansas City! That means gardening and lawn work are just around the corner. Get a safe start by selecting a safe pesticide for your pets to be able to run and play without worry. Check out this info from Modern Cat Magazine.

While spring is a time to plant beautiful flowers in your yard, it also brings pesky insects out in numbers. Because of this, a potential hazard this time of year for pets is pesticides.

“Before choosing a pesticide read the label to ensure it is safe for your pet,” said Michael Golding, assistant professor at the Texas A&M University College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences. “Avoid products with bone-meal as these can be tasty to your pet, and pesticides with organophosphates and carbamates as these can be extremely deadly.”

The most common ways pets come into contact with pesticides is licking the toxic substances from their feet or coat, or by directly consuming the product from a container that has been left out.

If your pet begins showing symptoms such as vomiting, diarrhea, seizures, trouble walking, drooling, nausea, and/or tremors contact your veterinarian immediately as these are signs that your pet is suffering from pesticide related toxicity.

“A common way pesticides cause problems in our pets is through organophosphates and carbamates,” said Golding. “They act as competitive inhibitors of acetylcholinesterase, a key component of the central nervous system that allows the brain to regulate the body.”

While newer, more environmentally safe pesticides have a wider safety margin, they are still not 100% safe.

“A product that is labeled ‘green’ is not necessarily safe for dog/cat who decides to eat it,” said Golding. “It is best to be safe, so call your vet and read him/her the label information as soon as your pet has contact with the substance.”

While pesticides are a main source for toxicity in pets, there are many other toxins in a home that pets can come into contact with.

“Garage toxins such as antifreeze, windshield wiper fluid, and fertilizers, and kitchen toxins like chocolate, bread dough, grapes, and onions are examples of household items that can be problematic if your pet comes into contact with them,” said Golding. “For any toxic exposure, contact your veterinarian immediately. Another excellent resource is also the Pet Poison Helpline at 800-213-6680.”

Parvovirus: Explained

You’ve probably heard of Parvovirus by now. But do you know what it is and the signs and symptoms? ASPCA explains in this informative article on the Parvovirus.

What Is Parvovirus?

Canine parvovirus is a highly contagious viral disease that can produce a life-threatening illness. The virus attacks rapidly dividing cells in a dog’s body, most severely affecting the intestinal tract. Parvovirus also attacks the white blood cells, and when young animals are infected, the virus can damage the heart muscle and cause lifelong cardiac problems.

What Are the General Symptoms of Parvovirus?

The general symptoms of parvovirus are lethargy, severe vomiting, loss of appetite and bloody, foul-smelling diarrhea that can lead to life-threatening dehydration.

How Is Parvovirus Transmitted?

Parvovirus is extremely contagious and can be transmitted by any person, animal or object that comes in contact with an infected dog’s feces. Highly resistant, the virus can live in the environment for months, and may survive on inanimate objects such as food bowls, shoes, clothes, carpet and floors. It is common for an unvaccinated dog to contract parvovirus from the streets, especially in urban areas where there are many dogs.

How Is Parvovirus Diagnosed?

Veterinarians diagnose parvovirus on the basis of clinical signs and laboratory testing. The Enzyme Linked ImmunoSorbant Assay (ELISA) test has become a common test for parvovirus. The ELISA test kit is used to detect parvovirus in a dog’s stools, and is performed in the vet’s office in about 15 minutes. Because this test is not 100% sensitive or specific, your veterinarian may recommend additional tests and bloodwork.

Which Dogs Are Prone to Parvovirus?

Puppies, adolescent dogs and canines who are not vaccinated are most susceptible to the virus. The canine parvovirus affects most members of the dog family (wolves, coyotes, foxes, etc.). Breeds at a higher risk are Rottweilers, Doberman pinschers, Labrador retrievers, American Staffordshire terriers and German shepherds.

How Can Parvovirus Be Prevented?

You can protect your dog from this potential killer by making sure he’s up-to-date on his vaccinations. Parvovirus should be considered a core vaccine for all puppies and adult dogs. It is usually recommended that puppies be vaccinated with combination vaccines that take into account the risk factors for exposure to various diseases. One common vaccine, called a “5-in-1,” protects the puppy from distemper, hepatitis, leptospirosis, parvovirus and parainfluenza.

Generally, the first vaccine is given at 6-8 weeks of age and a booster is given at four-week intervals until the puppy is 16-20 weeks of age, and then again at one year of age. A puppy’s vaccination program is not complete before four months of age. Older dogs who have not received full puppy vaccination series may be susceptible to parvovirus and should also receive at least one immunization. Consult with your veterinarian about how often your dog will need to be revaccinated.

Because parvovirus can live in an environment for months, you will want to take extra care if there has been an infected dog in your house or yard. Some things are easier to clean and disinfect than others—and even with excellent cleaning, parvovirus can be difficult to eradicate. Parvo is resistant to many typical disinfectants. A solution of one part bleach to 32 parts water can be used where organic material is not present. The infected dog’s toys, food dish and water bowl should be properly cleaned and then disinfected with this solution for 10 minutes. If not disinfected, these articles should be discarded. You can also use the solution on the soles of your shoes if you think you’ve walked through an infected area. Areas that are harder to clean (grassy areas, carpeting and wood, for example) may need to be sprayed with disinfectant, or even resurfaced.

How Can Parvovirus Be Treated?

Although there are no drugs available that can kill the virus yet, treatment is generally straightforward and consists of aggressive supportive care to control the symptoms and boost your dog’s immune system to help him win the battle against this dangerous disease. Dogs infected with parvovirus need intensive treatment in a veterinary hospital, where they receive antibiotics, drugs to control the vomiting, intravenous fluids and other supportive therapies. Should your dog undergo this treatment, be prepared for considerable expense—the average hospital stay is about 5-7 days.

Please note that treatment is not always successful—so it’s especially important to make sure your dog is vaccinated.

What Are Some Home Treatment Options?

Because parvovirus is such a serious disease, it is not recommended to attempt home treatment. Even with the best veterinary care, this disease is often fatal.

When Is it Time to See the Vet?

If you notice your dog experiencing severe vomiting, loss of appetite, depression or bloody diarrhea, contact your veterinarian immediately.

What Are Some Other Health Issues with These Same Symptoms?

A puppy with a bloody diarrhea could have a parasite problem, a virus other than parvovirus, a stress colitis, or may have eaten something that disagreed with him or injured and blocked his digestive tract. It’s crucial that you see your vet for an accurate diagnosis.