January 25, 2010

Canine Flu

The Canine Influenza had some major outbreaks last year in New York, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware, Virginia, Colorado, Georgia and Florida. Dogs in boarding kennels, animal shelters, doggie daycares, training centers & dog parks are most vulnerable. One of my training client's dog had the flu last year and she said she nearly lost her 7 year old dog to the virus. With proper medical attention, dogs usually recover in 2 weeks, but if left untreated it could be fatal. A canine influenza vaccine received a one-year conditional license last July. This vaccine does not prevent the flu, but has shown to reduce the duration of the symptoms. So, in other words, the vaccine is not preventative and doesn't cure, only lessens the severity of the symptoms. You all know I'm not a fan of vaccines and I'm always encouraging people to socialize their pups, so I suggest boosting your dog's immune system as best you can by feeding a raw diet and adding supplements such as Colostrum to boost your dog's natural immunity.

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I train dogs using positive reinforcement training to modify unwanted behaviors.  I step outside the traditional training box and use therapeutic-grade essential oils to assist in my behavior modification regime when it comes to dogs plagued with fear and anxiety as well as aggression.  My philosophy is to heal the dog's mind, body and spirit, not just to rid the dog of unacceptable behaviors.  I specialize in shelter dog rehab, reactive rover, and fearful fidos.