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Noble Vet Clinic
36 Barnes Ct.
Hayward, CA 94544
Attention dog owners
There has been an increase in complex respiratory cases in dogs over the past year, with more patients developing pneumonia or serious complications than is expected from typical causes of 'Kennel Cough'.
Cases have been identified in California, but we do NOT have any reason to believe that there is currently an outbreak in our area.
We will provide additional information as it comes available.
What should owners be aware of?
• ISOLATE your dog if they develop a cough without known medical explanation. Coughing dogs should not be boarded in a kennel or exercised with other dogs as they could be exposed to other pathogens which could cause the disease to progress and pose a risk to other dogs.
• CONTACT your veterinarian if your dog develops a cough, and monitor for progressive signs such as loss of appetite, lethargy, depression, weakness or nasal discharge. A dog ER visit might be necessary if after-hours or if your veterinary office does not have availability.
• VACCINATE your pet. Eliminating or reducing certain known infectious respiratory pathogens such as Distemper, Bordetella and Canine Influenza may provide protection against complicated disease.
• RESTRICT your pet from sharing toys and public drinking bowls and from interacting with dogs that are coughing or appear unwell.
Steroid Side Effects and Cautions
Your veterinarian has prescribed a steroid for your pet, in addition to the many beneficial attributes of steroids, there are some potential problems associated with their use. In dogs especially, steroids cause some predictable side effects that may be worrisome to you, but do not cause permanent harm to your pet. These side effects include dramatic increases in thirst, urine volume, and hunger. Some very well housebroken dogs may not be able to “hold it” and urinate in the house. Other side effects include panting, muscle weakness, and lethargy. With long-term use, steroids can cause hair loss, and pets may develop a “pot-bellied” appearance. These side effects are completely reversible and resolve after steroid use is stopped.
There are more worrisome side effects including increased susceptibility to infections, especially urinary tract infections, which may become life threatening. Other potential problems include ulcers of the stomach or intestine. Steroids may cause your pet, especially cats, to become diabetic which may not be reversible.
Do not use steroids with aspirin, or Carprofen (Rimadly®). Give medication(s) as prescribed, and do not discontinue steroids suddenly. Please call if you have any questions. We will be more than happy to answer any questions you may have.