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Protecting Your Canine Companion

Eight years ago, a beautiful, black puppy showed up on my grandmother’s doorstep. After determining that the dog didn’t have a home, my grandmother allowed me to take her to my place. Over the last few years, this amazingly intelligent dog has become my constant companion. Because I want to keep my dog healthy, I schedule annual visits to the veterinarian’s office for her. I also strive to feed her a healthy diet. Until recently, I didn’t realize that certain human foods are extremely dangerous for dogs to consume. On this blog, you will discover the types of foods you should never feed to your furry friend.

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Keep Your Cat Safe From Bordetella

If you have a cat, you need to do everything you can to protect it from contracting feline Bordetella, which is a very contagious respiratory disease that your cat can get from being around other cats. Bordetella can weaken your cat's immune system and allow it to more easily catch other diseases. Bordetella can be detrimental for young cats and older cats, both which traditionally have weaker immune systems.

Contracting Bordetella

Since Bordetella is a respiratory illness, it is spread through the air from one cat to another. It can be spread to your cat when another cat hisses at it, spits, howls or meows – basically any action that is going to project the disease in the direction of your cat. 

You cat can pick up Bordetella from other cats in the neighborhood or if you board your cat or leave it at a cat daycare center during the day. If your cat stays inside of your home and doesn't have any outside contact with other animals, the chance of them contracting Bordetella drops drastically. 

Preventing Bordetella

One of the best ways to make sure that your cat never gets Bordetella is to vaccinate your cat. The vaccination for Bordetella is extremely effective, and your cat only needs to get one shot in order to be vaccinated and they will be protected from this disease.

If you only have one cat and they are an indoor cat, it is not as vital that you get them vaccinated against Bordetella. However, if you have multiple cats, or if there is a chance your cat may run into other cats at all, you should have your cat vaccinated. Let your vet know that you would like to get this vaccination.

Treating Bordetella

If you did not get your cat vaccinated against Bordetella and they contract it, the key is to act fast and get them treatment. You will notice that your cat is really tired and doesn't seem to want to play or do their regular activities. Additionally, you'll notice that your cat is sneezing a lot and has discharge from their eyes, nose and mouth. Your cat may even develop a fever and have swollen lymph nodes. They may not be that interested in eating as well.

If you see your cat exhibiting the behavior above, you need to contact your vet right away. Your vet can treat your cat with some antibiotics. The two most common antibiotics to use to treat Bordetella in cats are Clavamox and Baytril, although the antibiotic that your vet uses may vary based on the health history of your cat.

When treated right away, your cat will be able to recover from Bordetella. If you have more than one cat in your home, you should quarantine the infected cat so that your other cats do not get sick as well.

If you have a cat, talk to a vet, like a Marham vet clinic, about getting it vaccinated against Bordetella today. It only takes one shot to keep your cat from catching this extremely contagious feline respiratory disease that can really bring your cat down.