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                                                                  Gastrointestinal Viruses

Just as we can get a stomach virus, so can our pets! Gastrointestinal viruses are those that affect the stomach and intestines.

·  Unfortunately, Gastrointestinal viruses are highly contagious. 

· They are spread through dog to dog contact.  These types of viruses can cause vomiting, diarrhea, fatigue and lack of   appetite.  The viruses cause similar symptoms to the human "stomach flu bug."

· Oftentimes, the symptoms last about 24 hours in healthy, middle aged dogs.  Dogs that are young, old, or have other health problems or suppressed immune systems may experience the symptoms longer and the symptoms may be more severe.

· Gastrointestinal viruses are typically spread at dog parks, training centers, boarding facilities and daycares.

· Our staff constantly monitors dogs for symptoms and will separate any dog that appears to be sick. 

· If we become aware that a virus is "going around",  we will notify you at pick-up. 

· If your dog becomes ill while you are gone, we will separate your dog from the group. We will provide care such as probiotics. We would transport your dog to a veterinarian in the unlikely event that that becomes necessary.



*Note: if your dog's stomach appears distended, your dog is pacing nervously, drooling and retching without producing vomit, see your vet immediately as this may be bloat, a life-threatening condition seen more often in deep-chested dogs.

Please see your vet if your dog is acting sick, lethargic, is running a fever and is not acting as his normal self. In some cases, the  upset stomach may be caused by an underlying cause that needs promptly addressed. These are cases where an upset stomach may be due to serious conditions such as Parvo virus, an intestinal obstruction, gastro-enteritis and pancreatitis.

**I am not a veterinarian. This is information I have learned through research and personal experiences. Please refer to your veterinarian for information regarding your pet’s health.

Nervous Upset Stomach

Some pets can become nervous when their humans are away. Being nervous can upset our stomachs and this can happen to your pet too. Here are some tips for treating your pets upset stomach:

Treat with Probiotics-If your pet show signs of an upset stomach we will treat your pet with probiotics to help relieve his/her tummy issues.

If Probiotics do not work a 24 Hour Fast can help get his tummy to normal.

· Adult dogs can manage a full 24 hour fast.

· Younger dogs must receive small meals of easily digestible bland foods during the 24 hours period.

· Supply plenty of fresh water, even though a sick dog may not want to drink, you must encourage liquid  consumption.

Following the 24 hour fasting period, reintroduce SMALL easily digestible bland meals to your dog three or four times a day, for the first day or two. (Boiled rice and bland chicken work well.)

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