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Animal Safety Tips

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Kennel Cough

 

If your dog is hacking away or constantly making noises that make it sound like they are choking on something, they may have case of kennel cough, or canine infectious tracheobronchitis.  Although kennel cough can sound terrible, most of the time it is not a serious condition, and most dogs will recover without treatment.  Dogs "catch" Kennel Cough when they inhale bacteria or virus particles into their respiratory tract.  This tract is normally lined with a coating of mucus that traps infectious particles, bu there are a number of factors that can weaken this protection and make dogs prone to kennel cough infection, which results in inflammation of the larynx, (voice box) and trachea (windpipe).

 

Antifreeze Poisoning 

 

Antifreeze poisoning is one of the most common forms of poisoning in small animals, and this is because it is so commonly found in households.  Antifreeze poisoning typically happens when antifreeze drips from a car's radiator, where it is licked off the ground and ingested by a pet.  Your dog may also come into contact with antifreeze that has been added to a toilet bowl.  This occurs in homes where the residents will use antifreeze during the cold months to "winterize" their pipes.  Even if you do not take this action in your own home, it is something to be aware of when visiting other homes, or when vacationing at a winger resident.  The toxin ethylene glycol makes antifreeze lethal.  Because of this, dogs will consume great quantities of ethylene glycol before being repulsed by its aftertaste, By then, it is too late.  Less than three ounces of antifreeze is sufficient to poison a medium-sized dog.  Antifreeze poisoning affects the brain, liver, and kidneys.  Ethylene glycol is also found in engine coolant and hydraulic brake fluids.  

 

Symptoms:

Drunken behavior

Euphoria/Delirium

Wobbly uncoordinated movement

Nausea/vomiting

excessive urination

Diarrhea

Rapid heart beat

Depression

Weakness

Seizures/Convulsions/Shaking tremors

Fainting

Coma

Contact Veterinarian immediately