diarrhea is uncommon in kennels it does occur. Our facility
is spray-cleaned and sterilized daily with a quaternary
ammonia compound and a 3% Clorox solution.
addition each pet's bowls and water buckets are cleaned
daily. Throughout the day the run areas are mopped with
a 3% Clorox solution (recommended by Al Smith, DVM of Village
Animal Hospital) each mop is introduced to this solution
before use in other pet's runs. If you consult the Merck
Veterinary Manual all the suggested prevention for diarrhea
are established, routine, daily procedures encompassed in
our daily care.
diarrhea is an uncommon, and dreaded problem in the kennel
environment, we are aware that there could be problems in
some pets while they are boarded and after they return home.
Through our efforts to check and uncover the cause of pets
having had similar bowel problems both during after their
return home we have uncovered several issues which might
help the prospective boarder to avoid this type of problem.
We rely on feedback from our customers, and from local veterinarians,
to make us aware of any problems which might occur such
diarrhea. A type of diarrhea which we see more commonly
in the kennel is that which manifests itself during the
routine of boarding at the kennel pet's. This cause of diarrhea
results from residents which have a sudden dietary change
compounded by the unavoidable stress of boarding. This type
of bowel change usually manifests itself within 3 to 4 days
from the start of boarding.
this is noticed during boarding you would receive a "pet
health report form" at the time of checkout advising you
of problems observed during your pet's stay. In addition
your veterinarian would be contacted for his/her advice
and suggested treatment. Normal treatment for diarrhea is
to restrict the diet for 12-24 hours, administer anti-diarrheal
medication, and provide the pets with a bland diet of rice
and boiled ground beef.
are several methods to avoid an occurrence or reoccurrence
of this problem should you elect to select Wakefield Kennel
for your kenneling needs. First and foremost, I would suggest
that you bring your pet's normal diet along and have us
feed it. We have found over our year's of service that a
very high proportion of both stress induced bowel changes
and dietary bowel changes are eliminated by simply not forcing
the change of diet from a pet's routine diet to that of
the kennel diet. Secondly, you should try to alter your
pet's eating routine to encompass one larger morning feeding
trying to avoid multiple numbers of feeding. Diarrhea is
generally the result of a too rapid movement of bowel product
through the large intestine and thereby creating an irritation
to the large intestine.
feed a diet which is very high in fat and protein, supplemented
by canned products. We feed this type of diet so that pets
who might not eat their normal volume of food, due to stress
or other factors, will still receive high quantities of
the elements necessary to avoid weight loss or other adverse
situations. Unfortunately, pets who do not have a similar
diet at home could be subjected to bowel changes.
To Treat Diarrhea (Loose Stool)
stools and or diarrhea are caused by many things (stress,
change in diet or water, etc.) and should not be ignored
or minimized. If you feel uncomfortable with the pet's demeanor
or attitude by all means consult with your veterinarian.
We do not consider a loose (non-watery) stool to be uncommon
in the kennel. When we observe this we will provide you
with a "pink pet report form" outlining our observations.
at the kennel there are several things which we do to minimize
the effects of diarrhea and to try and shorten its duration.
(This is a program advised by our consulting veterinarian
and is not meant to conflict or contradict your veterinarian's
Withhold all food for 12-24 hours (do not feed dairy products).
After withholding food, feed a bland diet of boiled rice
and boiled chicken or boiled ground beef for 2-3 feedings.
After feeding rice, reintroduce your pet's regular diet
mixed with the rice mixture over the next 3 feedings.
Administer Pepto Bismol caplets (follow small child dosage)
2 times per day for 3 days from the onset of the loose stool.
If bowel changes do not correct after 3 days, consult with
the attending veterinarian.
understand that we highly recommend that if you are at all
uncomfortable with your pet's health that you consult with
your veterinarian of record to advise him of your intended
treatment regimen or to gain his approval of your treatments.
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July 16, 2012