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Kennel Cough

Tuesday, May 26th, 2015

Infectious canine tracheobronchitis, more commonly know as Kennel Cough, is a very contagious respiratory disease exclusively related to dogs. This disease is caused by inflammation of the trachea and bronchi. Kennel Cough is found throughout the world and is known to infect a high percentage of dogs. Puppies can suffer the most severe complications that can result from this disease, due to their underdeveloped immune system. Unvaccinated puppies and young dogs, or immunocompromised dogs might experience the most severe symptoms of the disease

Dry hacking cough
Watery nasal discharge
In mild cases, dogs would likely be active and eating normally. In severe cases, symptoms progress and can include pneumonia, inappetence, fever, lethargy and even death.


The most common cause of this disease occurs when the pet boards in an area that has a large number of dogs within the same facility.

The diagnosis for this disease is largely based upon the type of symptoms that are being presented and your dog’s history to exposure to other dogs. You will need to give a thorough history of your dog’s health and onset of symptoms. A complete blood profile will be conducted, including a chemical blood profile, a complete blood count, and a urinalysis. These blood tests, along with viral isolation and bacterial cultures, will be performed in order to verify individual agents that are causing the kennel cough.

Depending on the severity of the infection and the severity of the symptoms, there are two main types of treatments that can be given for Kennel Cough disease. In the most common and uncomplicated type of disease, there is generally no need for antibiotics.

If your dog is alert, but has only minor symptoms along with the recurrent cough, then it is often left alone to go through the course of the disease, just like the common cold in humans. Most of the time an anti-inflammatory agent will be given to your dog in order to reduce the severity and frequency of coughing episodes and to make the dog more comfortable. Antibiotics will be used if your dog is not eating, is running a fever, and is showing signs of severe respiratory troubles, as this may indicate pneumonia.

While your dog is recovering from the infection, allow it to breath without anything that might irritate or constrict its throat – such as collars or scarves/bandannas. For walks and outings, you can substitute the collar with a body harness.

Why Dogs Chew

Tuesday, May 12th, 2015


What Your Dog Swallows Can Harm Him – Dog Training Tips Like babies, puppies and dogs chew as a means of exploring their world. Just like infants, puppies chew as they are teething. More mature dogs chew to keep their jaws strong and teeth clean. Although chewing is normal, if your dog starts chewing on inappropriate items such as your shoes and furniture and becomes more destructive, you may have a problem.
Why Dogs Chew
First, you have to determine why your dog is chewing. Some reasons may include:
• Boredom
• As a puppy, he was not taught what he can and can’t chew
• To get attention
• Separation anxiety
• Medical problems such as nutritional deficiencies or gastrointestinal problems
How to Stop Your Dog From Chewing
First, you need to rule out any medical conditions that could potentially be contributing to your dog’s chewing. If the destructive chewing is not medical in nature, here’s some tips to curb his mis-behavior:
• Move your items. If you don’t want your dog chewing on it, move it. Keep clothing, shoes, rubber bands, and anything toxic out of your dog’s reach. Be particularly careful of electrical cords that could lead to electrocution. Basically, you need to puppy-proof your home, just like baby proofing it.
• Give your dog chew toys. If you give your dog a sock to chew on, he won’t be able to distinguish between appropriate and inappropriate toys. It isn’t fair to expect your dog to learn that some socks are okay to chew and others aren’t. Instead, invest in some chew toys like Nylabones®, Greenies® Smart Chew™ bones, Dental KONGs® and natural bones to keep your dog busy.Also, the Humane Society has a list of toys that are safe. For instance, you may want to avoid toys that have a squeaker in them, because your dog may destroy them trying to get to the source of the noise. Also, be careful of rawhide and beef bones that can become lodged in a dog’s throat and cause suffocation. Introduce a new toy or rotate the toys so your dog doesn’t get bored with the same old toys.
• Teach him. Initially, your dog won’t know what he can and cannot chew. It is up to you to give him the right guidance. If you see him licking or chewing an item he shouldn’t, say “No,” remove the item, and give him something that he CAN chew. Then praise him. If you’re not going to be around to watch him (particularly when he is a puppy), consider confining him in a crate or a small room with a baby gate.
• Play with your dog. Too often, dogs become mischievous because they are bored. Spend plenty of quality time with your dog and make sure he gets enough exercise.
If you get home and find something destroyed, DO NOT spank or scold your dog after the fact. He will not connect the punishment with a behavior he did hours or even minutes ago. Animals associate punishment with what they’re doing at the time they’re being corrected. Some people think their dog looks guilty and knows he did something wrong. Actually, he is responding to your angry tone of voice and may be acting submissive. Also, do not leave your dog in a crate (for more than 6 hours) to prevent chewing.
If your dog continues to display destructive chewing habits, call your Bark Busters dog trainer. We can help you STOP this behavior and any other undesirable behaviors without resorting to harsh punishments.


Service Dog

Wednesday, May 6th, 2015


Our four legged, tail wagging, friends are many things to us. To some they could be a companion and to others family, but to a select few they are a life long friend that aides them in every day tasks. Service dogs are trained to aid an individual in a situation unique to each owner. While the owner may grow to love the animal it is a working dog and others should respect it as such.
Service Dogs are utilized in a various  ways, but are commonly know for assisting the handicapped. The most iconic handicap is blindness. The service dog is so advanced in training that it aides the owner in tasks an average dog would tilt there head in confusion, like notifying declines in the path, avoiding obstacles, and following advanced commands such as left and right while being able to render and alert if the command can’t be accomplished.
Services less recognized by the public are some of the more outstanding ones. One in particular is the service given by response dogs, while knowing the owners condition, the dog can correctly react when their owner has a change in heart rate or behavior that may be signaling complications that could be related to the owners diabetic status or showing signs of an oncoming seizure. Beyond notification the dog can fetch medication or a beverage to assist. If all else fails the dog is trained to seek medical attention for their owner, after doing so the dog comforts the owner by laying beside them till help arrives.
Remember when a service dog is with their owner they are working pets and they are taking care of their owner just as you would take care of your pets.


Treating Heartworm Disease in Dogs and Cats

Wednesday, June 18th, 2014

Treating Heartworm Disease in Dogs and Cats

  • Heartworm disease is a serious and potentially fatal condition that damages the heart, lungs, and related blood vessels.
  • Dogs and cats are at risk for becoming infected with heartworms.
  • Heartworm disease in dogs is treatable, but in some cases, treatment can be costly and complicated. There are no approved products for heartworm treatment in cats.
  • Heartworm disease is easily and effectively avoided through administration of preventive medications.


mosquito-iStock_000006931027-335lc032614Why Treat Heartworm Disease?

Heartworm disease is a serious and potentially fatal condition that affects dogs, cats, and up to 30 other species of mammals. It is caused by parasitic worms living in the major vessels of the lungs and, occasionally, in the heart. The scientific name for the heartworm is Dirofilaria immitis.

Although heartworm disease is virtually 100% preventable, many dogs and cats are diagnosed with it each year. Heartworm disease has been diagnosed in all 50 states. Because heartworms are transmitted (as microscopic larvae) through the bite of an infected mosquito, heartworm disease can occur anywhere there are mosquitoes. Even indoor cats are not safe from heartworm infection, as studies have shown that more than 25% of heartworm-infected cats live indoors. The American Heartworm Society (AHS) estimates that 1 million dogs in the United States are infected with the disease, and the incidence may be rising. Wherever dogs are infected, studies have shown that cats are likely to be infected, too.


Signs of Heartworm Disease

Initial signs of heartworm disease in dogs and cats can be subtle. When infected, both species may develop a chronic cough. In cats, the signs may mimic feline asthma. Some cats have also reportedly died suddenly without showing any prior clinical signs. Affected dogs may have lethargy (tiredness) and exercise intolerance (refusal to exercise or difficulty exercising). Many infected dogs and cats don’t show clinical signs, so testing may be the only way to identify pets with heartworm disease.



If infection is detected early enough, canine heartworm disease can be treated before permanent damage is done to the heart, lungs, and blood vessels. However, if the infection has been present for a long time or consists of a large number of heartworms, the risk of complications can increase. In these cases, treatment can be more expensive and complicated, and dogs may need many months to recover from the infection as juvenile and adult worms are cleared from their systems. Hospitalization may be required.

The goal of treating heartworm disease in dogs is to remove all stages of the parasite (including adult, larvae, and an immature stage known as microfilariae) and improve the pet’s condition without causing treatment complications. First, your veterinarian will conduct a series of diagnostic tests to determine which stages of heartworms are present. During this time, your veterinarian will also perform tests to reveal how much damage (if any) has already been done to your dog’s heart, lungs, and blood vessels as a result of being infected. After administering treatment for heartworm disease, your veterinarian will likely recommend follow-up testing to ensure that the infection has resolved. Some dogs may need to be treated more than once to clear the infection.

If significant damage to a dog’s heart, lungs, and vessels has already occurred, permanent health issues may remain, even after the heartworm infection is successfully treated. Dogs exhibiting severe clinical signs may first need to be stabilized with steroids and other medications before administration of medication to kill heartworms. Additional medications may also play a helpful role in supporting dogs whose heart and lungs have sustained permanent damage from heartworm disease.

During treatment, unnecessary stress on an infected dog’s cardiopulmonary system (heart and lungs) should be avoided as the adult worms die. Depending on your dog’s condition, your veterinarian may recommend hospitalization. When your dog comes home, exercise restriction will likely be recommended for a period of time to avoid overly stressing the cardiopulmonary system. Your veterinarian can discuss additional recommendations for monitoring and caring for your dog during and after treatment of heartworm disease.


In cats, there is no approved medical treatment for heartworm disease. Your veterinarian can discuss with you how best to monitor your cat and manage the signs of disease. Antibiotics, steroids, and other medications are sometimes recommended. For cats with severe breathing problems or other complications, hospitalization may be needed. In some cases, surgical removal of adult worms may be attempted. However, this surgery is costly and has some risks.



The best “treatment” for dogs and particularly cats is prevention. Safe, easy-to-administer, effective medications are available to prevent heartworm disease in dogs and cats. Ask your veterinarian which medication is best for you and your pet. The American Heartworm Society  recommends year-round administration of heartworm preventive medications. Some heartworm preventive products have the added benefit of controlling other internal parasites of concern, such as roundworms and hookworms in dogs and cats as well as whipworms in dogs. Some products also target other external parasites, such as ticks and mites.

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Journals of Bob

Thursday, May 1st, 2014


Meow……Can you come out to play?



Bob’s Journals Continued…

Monday, April 14th, 2014













The last time I tried to pick him up, to put him in a carrier, it was another big battle, so I have been laying low with Bob in order for him to become more comfortable with me. I need to get him to the point that he consistently allows me to pick him up so that I can place him in a crate or carrier to take him places. A friend gave me a crate and he lays in it, but I have not attempted to close the door when he is in it.

I finally got his escape route fixed (under the cabinets) so that he cannot get into his hiding place. I will see how long that lasts. However, he is not hiding near as much now. He is either on one of the window sills or laying by the glass doors. Often he runs from one sill to another chasing something….do not know what.

Bob allows me to brush his back line and sides, but not his chest & neck. He really sheds. He constantly demands to be pet and cuddles with me at night. Not for long, but the fact that he is makes me happy. One morning I noticed that he was cuddled against my chest.

He intently supervises his litter box cleaning. Bob lets me know when his food bowl is near empty. He still watches television and loves to play. I had to throw one of the feather toys away because he was eating the feathers once they detached (or they’d get stuck in his mouth). The long rainbow snake like toy, with a few feathers at the bottom, he enjoys immensely. It is nearing the time to replace it.

I am really enjoying Bob. It is just frustrating to know that I still have to be cautious of his mood swings (not as frequent). I have not been able to determine the timing of them. They just happen. Our relationship has improved greatly since first bringing him home. Now he comes out when company is here. He has an eye for the ladies. He still seems to be a little leery of male company.

I am always astounded at how he seems to understand what I am telling him to do. “Bedtime Bob. Let’s go to bed.” Bob heads to the bedroom. “Bob, come eat. I filled your bowl, now come eat.” Bob heads for the kitchen. He understands ‘come’ and ‘down’. I am working on ‘up’…as in come sit on my lap or up on the bed. He does understand that a pat on the bed means to jump up onto the bed. I do not think that he trusts me enough yet to jump up onto my lap. This and the ability to pick him up will probably come hand in hand.

I do not feel it safe to bring him to my parent’s home yet. In her house I would never find him and she has a lot of places to jump onto that have breakables. I may have mentioned that my step-dad has Alzheimer, which is advancing. He loved Precious and I know that he would love Bob. My mother is anxious to meet Bob, but I know that I will never hear the end of it after Bob knocks something off of any one of her tables.


Tuesday, April 1st, 2014

Community steps up to help injured dog

CBS 4 News Came by Town and Country Animal Hospital to do a story on Robo, the deaf Catahoula that was hit by a car and had his leg crushed and his hip dislocated.



Click below to watch our story on CBS 4 News

robo vid pic

MIAMI (CBSMiami) — He’s still a little wobbly, but thanks to a community’s kindness, a dog named Robo is well on his way to recovery after being hit by a car.

Jeena Velasquez heard the accident March 5th at about 9:15 p.m. on Sunset Drive near 132nd Avenue.

“I heard the car’s brakes screeching and I saw it drove away.  I was wondering where the accident was and I heard a faint whimpering,” she said.

She picked up the badly injured Catahoula  off the street and rushed him to an emergency vet.

“They told me he had an open fracture which was bleeding that they actually bandaged up to stop the bleeding, then he had a dislocated hip on the other side,  and that he was going to need emergency surgery,” said Velasquez.

The dog had a tag that said his name is “Bobo” and he’s deaf. It also  had a phone number, but it was disconnected. Without surgery the dog would die, and without an owner there was no one to pay for surgery .

“I said to myself, ‘If this was my dog and I changed my phone number for whatever reason, I’m not going to want someone to just quit on my dog – that’s my angel- so I just did what I would’ve done for my dog and I just claimed responsibility for him without even worrying about the cost,” Velasquez explained.

The surgery cost nearly $3,400.  Valesquez’s friend Paola Leal stepped in to help. She set up a fundraising website with pictures of the injured pup, whom they renamed Robo, since metal pins now hold his shattered leg  together. The website worked.

“It was only three photos, but those three photos were enough to get everyone’s attention and within not even 24 hours we had multiple donations more than $1,000,” said Leal.  After  two and a half weeks, the donations reached more than $3,000.

Town and Country Animal Hospital, where Poala works, offered to care for Robo while he heals.

“She came to us with the dog and he needed a lot of aftercare so we volunteered to take care of it for her,” said veterinarian Dr. Eric Wenke.

Robo is making progress, but the search for his owner hasn’t gone so well, even though he had a microchip.

“When they tried contacting the owner to let them know your pet was found they declined any information,” said Leal.

“We do want to find a home for him. I would love to adopt him myself but that’s just not possible, so we’re just going to look for a home for him,” added Velasquez.

Before Robo can go home, he’ll spend another month in the hospital and he’ll need more surgery to repair his dislocated hip. That surgery will cost about $2,000.


Thank you CBS 4 for sharing Robo’s story with everyone! Robo has a long road to recovery and will require another surgery, he needs all the help he can get!
We can’t say enough how much we appreciate our amazing employees who show so much compassion for an animal in need, Thank You Paola Leal, and everyone involved in Robo’s rescue and  progress!

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Breed in the Spotlight – Kooikerhondje

Monday, February 24th, 2014


Breed in the Spotlight



The Kooikerhondje is a small, flashy red and white spaniel like-sporting dog. Originally bred in Holland as a duck decoy dog, it’s heavily white plumed tail waves Jauntily to entice and lure the ducks to follow into the Endenkooi (traps). When not working the traps, Kooikers were expected to work on the farm to catch vermin. The preferred height at the withers is 15 to 17 inches for males and 14 to 16 inches for females. The proportion of the Kooiker is off-square. The bone and substance of the Kooiker is moderate. The head should be in proportion to the dog. The expression is gentle and alert. Ears should be red in color and well feathered and ideally adorned with earrings. The color for the Kooiker should be predominately orange-red and may be patched or solid on pure white although a few small spors on the legs are acceptable. A black tail ring where the color changes from orange-red to white is permitted.


Cheerful, good natured, friendly, quiet, well-behaved, and alert; those are terms that are used to describe the Kooikerhondje. Depending on its domestic environment,[1]it is kind, happy and lively. They are also intelligent, attentive and more than willing to please their owner. The Kooikerhondje adapts to situations rather quickly, changing his behavior from quiet to lively when the situation allows him to be. He will not always immediately like strangers, instead choosing to retreat. But once he warms up to someone, the trust will be there for the rest of his life.[2] The Kooikerhondje can make a fine apartment dog if exercised regularly, but a fenced yard will be more ideal. He has a medium energy level, yet is usually quiet when indoors.

Kooiker dogs 101

10 best breed of dogs for kids

Monday, January 20th, 2014



1 boxer

One of the Boxers most distinctive qualities is its love for children. They are a people oriented breed and prefer to have their pack close by. Energetic and affectionate, the boxer needs to have plenty of exercise and playful interaction.



2 mastiff

This good natured giant bonds instantly with its family and loves to be around his people. Gentle with children, this breed makes an ideal family pet. When he feels his pack is threatened, a Mastiff will most likely knock an intruder to the ground and lay on them until assistance arrives.


Old English sheep dog

3 old english sheep dog

This working dog is considered affectionate and loving, although there may be an instinct to herd its family; this might not be so bad if the kiddos are running late for school. The AKC described this breed as athletic filled with clownish energy.


Labrador Retriever

4 labrador retriever

Another popular breed is the Labrador Retriever. This eager to please breed is bouncy and enjoys playing with her pack members. She loves to swim and frolic in the water or on the land. Parents would benefit from a Labrador’s athletic tendencies; she would wear the children out faster.



5 dalmation

People oriented and lover of fun and play, the spotted Dalmatian would be an incredible addition to any family. Energetic, this breed loves to run with the kids all day long and snuggle with them at night. If the home includes horses, even better; the Dalmatian has a symbiotic relationship with horses.


Douge de Bordeaux

6 douge de bourdox

If an owner can get past the drooling nature of this lovable breed, the Douge de Bordeaux sports a calm temperament, is loyal to its pack and affectionate to a fault. Gentle with the children, this French Mastiff will also be protective of the family it loves.


Golden Retriever

7 golden retriever

Active, energetic and friendly these are just a few words to describe one of the most popular breeds in the United States. Goldens are intelligent, eager to please and love to play and run with children. The “Buddy” franchise movies aid in keeping the Golden Retriever a popular choice among families.


American Staffordshire terrier

8 american staffordshire terrier

Extremely loyal, this breed loves nothing more than to be part of a family. At the turn of the 20th century, the Staffordshire Terrier was the number one family dog in the country and was the poster dog for WWI. Pete from the “Little Rascals” short movies was an Am Staff.




Don’t let their size be intimidating, these gentle giants are wonderful family dogs. Referred to as a workhorse, this dog would love nothing more than to pull around the kiddos in a sled on the snow. Nana from the story of Peter Pan was a Newfie.




Don’t forget about mixed breeds! Make it a family event to go to a shelter and pick a loving, loyal family mutt! Just remember that in general, mid to large size mixed breed are a much better fit for families with children.


Girl Scouts visit Town & Country Animal Hospital

Monday, November 18th, 2013

Girl Scout Troop #167 visited Town & Country Animal Hospital to learn more about pet care and the Veterinary field. They took a tour around the hospital with 2 of our technicians and learned about things like the importance of  microchiping your pet, fleas and ticks, heart worms (they got to look at an actual heart from a Great Dane infested with heart worms), they learned about x-rays, they toured our boarding facility, etc. We hope it inspired the children to get involved in the animal care field.

Thank you so much to Robin, and Girl Scout Troop #167! We hope you enjoyed your visit!





























































































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