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OPD's Dog Care Monthly, Issue #003 -- Contagious Dog Park Diseases
September 05, 2008

Issue #003, September 2008

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In This Issue

Dog Care News You Can Use:

  • Giant Dog Turd Wreaks Havoc


  • Dog Park Enthusiasts - Listen Up! Contagious Dog Diseases


Organic Pet Digest Web Site Updates:

  • Update: Best Foods on the Market and Their Healthy Label Test Results



Organic, Natural and Holistic Dog Care
News You Can Use

Giant Dog Turd Wreaks Havoc

It’s always best to start off the day with a smile…so why not start of this month’s newsletter the same way…

Last month, a Swiss museum had a giant inflatable turd on display, designed by American artist Paul Mc Carthy. This giant turd managed to break free from its moorings, caught a strong breeze and knocked over a power line before it broke a window and landed on the grounds of a children’s home.

I can just imagine the children’s faces when they awoke to a giant inflatable dog turd lying on their lawn!

Click here for the source of the story and more funny details.

Now on to more serious business…



Dog Park Enthusiasts...Listen Up!

Contagious dog diseases are much closer than we all like to think and protecting our dogs from them may prove to be quite difficult.

I had a slight wake up call the other day when I arrived at the local dog park and saw that it was completely empty! I approached the entrance and found that the park had been closed due to CONTAGIOUS DOG DISEASES.

Below is a list of the most common contagious dog diseases to watch out for and a brief description of each.

  • Parvovirus (Parvo)- This is a highly contagious disease, which often leads to death, is most commonly transmitted through contaminated feces. Symptoms of Parvo include diarrhea and vomiting. Parvo is most common in puppies but can affect a dog of any age.
  • Giardia- This is a parasite that lives in various unexpected water sources. If consumed, it causes giardiasis, which has symptoms including diarrhea, weight loss, abdominal pain and poor weight gain.

  • Distemper- This is a highly contagious viral disease that affects the respiratory and nervous systems, causing fever, lethargy, coughing, vomiting, diarrhea, seizures and eventually death.
  • Leptospirosis- A bacterial disease carried by wild animals or found in water sources. Symptoms include high fever, jaundice, hemorrhaging and bloody feces.
  • Kennel Cough- A highly contagious disease caused by organisms. Symptoms include severe coughing spells sometimes followed by vomiting and gagging.
Though this list may seem daunting, please don’t stress too much! There are some things you can do to help protect your dog...
  1. If you frequent the local dog park, your dog might have a greater chance of coming in contact with one of these contagious diseases. Always bring your own water and water bowl to keep your dog from sharing in the large communal water bucket.
  2. Talk with your vet about vaccinations and make sure they are all up to date. See our Dog Vaccination page for more details.
  3. If your dog has neighborhood play buddies, talk to the owners and make sure that they are up to date on vaccinations and health checks.
  4. Keep a close eye on your dog and his behavior. If you notice something is off, don’t just ignore it!
  5. Diarrhea and vomiting that last longer than 24 hours need to be checked by your veterinarian.
We recommend consulting with a holistic vet over a conventional vet for many reasons. Click here to learn why and to search for a holistic vet in your area.





OPD Web Site Updates

Update: Best Dog Foods on the Market and Their Healthy Label Test Scores

You ask and we deliver!

We have spent the last four weeks researching dog food brands and products and have uncovered more of the best. Click here to check out our updated recommendations.

We have also included links from each recommended dog food to their Healthy Label Test results to help you better understand why each food has made the list.

Tell your dog that we said “Enjoy!”




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