Monday, September 24, 2012

Flu Season for Dogs too!!

Flu Season has officially started and your pet may be at risk too! YEP, dogs can get the flu too!

Did you know that CIV is Canine influenza virus? All dogs can get CIV, some can get very sick and some may not show symptoms at all. CIV is highly contagious to other dogs just as human flu.

CIV can have the following signs, so watch for them this season
  • Mild Fever
  • Tiredness
  • No Appetite
  • Dry cough with some sputum
  • Runny Nose
It's hard to imagine your dog having the flu since human's are so worried about flu themselves, but at Gerbeaux Dog Bakery we care about all animals and want you to be informed.

If your dog goes to Dog Parks, a kennel, to a Dog Spa or you walk him in a group - they are at bigger risk for CIV.  It is imperative that you at your Vet about CIV to make sure that your little one stays healthy. There is great treatment for CIV - so ask about it.

For more information on CIV - contact your Vet or visit
There is alot of information out there about CIV and the new vaccination for the dog flu - to see if your state has been infected - visit the CIV State Locator.

Watch this wonderful video below and stay informed about Canine Influenza Virus!

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Watch the candy and the goblins!

With Halloween only weeks away, soon our houses will be filled with ghosts, ghouls, goblins and candy. Storing up candy for the Halloween night "trick-or-treaters" and bringing home a bag full of goodies can be exciting and fun—but unfortunately, it can cause some problems in your home for your furry little ghosts.

Our four legged goblins enjoy diving into those trick or treat bags, but candy doesn't set well with our pets. Chocolate is any amount is bad for your pet. Chocolate has both caffeine and theobromine a stimulant occurring in the cacao bean. Consumption of theobromine by our pets can lead serious medical issues such as seizures, toxicity, convulsions and even death in some pets.

Be aware of Xylitol. Xylitol is a chemical used as a sweetener in sugar free and reduced sugar food items. These items are chewing gum and some candy. This dangerous chemical can cause liver failure, vomiting, depression and seizures.

Watch those hard candies - hard candy can get lodged in the throat of your pet making them very prone to choking.

While we know that Halloween is a super fun time for our children, not so sure it's great for our pets. Take extra steps to ensure that the Halloween candy is kept up on tables and far away from our little curious creatures.  Try having great dog treats on hand to give your pet - Gerbeaux Dog Bakery has great iced dog treats and seasonal dog treats that you can give all year long.

If you suspect that your pet has consumed candy - contact your veterinarian or the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center at  (888) 426-4435.

So, take care of those little Halloweenies this Halloween and take those extra steps for pet safety at Halloween