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Natural Relief for Canine Cough

Canine cough (also known as canine infectious tracheobronchitis) is a highly contagious respiratory disease. While it is often called “kennel cough,” we don’t use that phrase because dogs can catch it anywhere. There is a wide variety of viruses and bacteria which can cause respiratory diseases in dogs. The most common organisms associated with canine cough are the bacteria Bordetella bronchiseptica, and two viruses called Parainfluenza virus and Adenovirus. Therefore the Bordetella vaccine only protects against one bacterial component of this multi-factorial disease.

How canine cough manifests: The disease is airborne and may be transmitted through direct contact or being in environments with infected dogs that cough or sneeze. The canine cough has cold-like symptoms and has no cure, but the cough typically goes away even without any  treatment in 10 to 21 days. The disease may manifest through sneezing and frequent dry coughing. It may be more severe in puppies, while some dogs may not show any symptoms. Puppies and immunocompromised dogs may have a more difficult time fighting the infection.

Dogs with canine cough should rest.

What to do about canine cough

  1. Recognize the symptoms. 2. Consult your vet. 3. Isolate your dog from other pets.

Remedying the Cough Naturally

  1. Use a humidifier. Canine cough is a very dry cough. Therefore, keep the air in the room, or the area your dog is staying in, moist. Use a humidifier or a vaporizer to keep the air moist. [3]Make sure to keep your dog away from smoke, and other irritating and noxious fumes.[4]
  2. Have your dog breathe in steam. Steam is also an effective way to remedy your dog’s cough. Steam will open up your dog’s bronchial tubes and break up phlegm.[5]With the door closed, turn on your shower as hot as it can go, and let the room steam up for 15 to 20 minutes. Bring your dog into the bathroom, and sit with it for 15 to 25 minutes to let your dog breathe in the steam.
  3. Give your dog honey. Honey will help soothe your dog’s dry throat. It also has anti-bacterial properties. Give your dog a teaspoon or two of honey per day until its symptoms improve.[6]
  4. Offer your dog coconut oil. Coconut oil is thought to have beneficial properties that may help combat your dog’s kennel cough. Pour two teaspoons of coconut oil over your dog’s food daily, or let your dog lick it from a spoon. Remember, coconut oil is high in calories, so feeding too much is not recommended. Likewise, dogs who need a low fat diet for weight loss or other health-related reasons should not be given coconut oil.
  5. Feed your dog chicken stock. Chicken stock is great way to soothe your dog’s throat while ensuring it gets important vitamins, minerals, and proteins. Before feeding your dog, mix your dog’s kibble or drinking water with the chicken stock. This is a particularly helpful method if your dog’s appetite decreases because of the cough.

Boosting Your Dog’s Immune System

  1. Make sure your dog rests. While your dog is recovering, make sure it gets adequate rest. Try not to exercise or play with your dog too much. Also, try to provide a stress-free environment. Too much activity and stress can weaken your dog’s immune system and prevent it from recovering.[8] Keep your dog calm and relaxed by being calm and relaxed yourself. Limit activity and loud noises in the house. Also, limit other activities that can cause stress, like trimming your dog’s nails or giving it a bath. Because a leash can irritate your dog’s throat and make a cough worse, use a leash attached to a harness if you must walk your dog.[9]This cough is usually better with a week or two of rest.[10]
  2. Buy probiotics. Probiotics are a great way to boost your dog’s immune system. Keeping your dog’s immune system up is critical when treating canine cough. You can buy probiotics specifically made for your dog from your local pet supply store. Probiotics come in several different forms, such as powders, capsules, chews, and dog food. Sprinkle a recommended dosage of probiotics on your dog’s food before they eat. If your dog is on an antibiotic prescribed by the vet, make sure to wait at least two hours before administering the probiotic. If not, the two will cancel each other out.[12]
  3. Supplement your dog’s diet with vitamins. Another great way to boost your dog’s immune system is to supplement its diet with vitamins. Particularly, vitamin C is a great immune booster. Make sure to buy vitamins that are made specifically for dogs. You can buy them from your local pet supply store. Dog vitamins usually come in the form of soft, chewable tablets. You can either place a tablet in your dog’s food bowl with its meal, or give your dog a tablet after it is finished eating. The recommended dosage depends on your dog’s weight. Check the back of the bottle to see how much your dog needs.

6 Tips for the Best Boarding Experience

We love boarding your pets whenever you have to go out of town or just need a break! While most dogs and cats are good candidates for a successful overnight stay, following these tips makes for the best boarding experience possible.

  1. Keep up with Vaccines. Did you know that vaccines are most effective when they have had time to work in the body? Try to get your pets vaccinated at least two weeks before you board, for maximum protection. Pawsh Dog House requires the Distemper/Parvo vaccine once a year. The Rabies vaccine is required every one to three years (depending on the manufacturer’s specificiations), while the Bordetella vaccine is needed every six months to one year, depending on your veterinarian’s recommendations.
  2. Start with regular daycare. Dogs are creatures of habit. They are made comfortable by their normal routine. Stress and discomfort are almost guaranteed when this routine is disturbed. Example: if you drop off your 5 year old dog to spend a few nights in a strange place, when he/she has never experienced that before. Remedy: take your pup to doggy daycare. We recommend starting when your pup is young, but older dogs can benefit from this as well. Instilling this habit into your pet’s normal routine will ensure their comfort when they have to stay overnight. Even daycare once a month would be a good start. We have a Tuesday special that includes a half day of daycare and a wash-n-go bath. Your fur baby can start getting comfy with us and also go home fresh/clean for just $20. Can’t beat that!
  3. Prepare food. Make sure to bring your dog’s own food. Our boarding facility serves a superior quality food just in case you forget yours; however, a sudden change in diet may cause upset tummies, leaving pets with unnecessary stress.
  4. Update flea/tick prevention. Going anywhere that multiple pets congregate makes for a greater risk for unwanted “hitchhikers.” Trifexis and other pill forms of flea/tick prevention are the most effective. Give your pet their monthly prevention before boarding. Pawsh Dog House requires all pets to be on prevention. When a pet comes in with fleas, they are put directly in the tub for a flea bath, no exceptions.
  5. Bring familiar items. A toy, a blanket, and maybe one of your old shirts will likely make your pet feel more comfortable and secure, because these items are familiar and smell like home.
  6. Consider a Healthy Stay pack. Our Vitality pack includes a multitude of supplements to ensure ultimate health and comfort during your pet’s stay: The superfood seasoning is a delicious topper that not only entices your pet to eat his/her food but is also packed with vitamins. Salmon oil helps to soothe skin and other ailments.  Allergy remedy helps stop unwanted itching. Joint support helps loosen up/prevent achy joints.  Probiotics soothe stressed tummies and aid digestion. Finally, Chillax calms any anxiety caused by the change in your pet’s normal routine.

We hope these tips make both you and your pet more comfortable with boarding.

If you are ready to make a pet boarding or grooming appointment, contact us at Pawsh Dog House and we will make sure you and your dog have a great experience!

How to Make Grooming Stress-Free For Your Dog

Getting your dog groomed is an important part of their well-being, but it can often be a stressful experience for them. We know you want your dog to be as happy as possible, so there are several things you can do at home to help make this scary experience a little easier. Follow these guidelines and going to the groomer can become a breeze – or even fun!

Start Early

Start the grooming process when your dog is still a puppy, if possible. This will get them used to it at an early age. Puppies are more adaptable, so it won’t be such a big change. It is also a good idea to keep them going to the groomer on a regular basis. Stick to the same routine and make sure to give them lots of love afterward to make it a normal and fun part of their life.

Brush/Wash Regularly

Taking good care of your dog’s coat will make the grooming process much smoother and easier for everyone. Brushing them at least a couple of times a week will help prevent any matting of their fur which is difficult to get out and can cause pain. Bathing them regularly is also a great way to keep their coat clean and easy to groom. Of course, regular bathing varies depending on the type of dog you have and their fur, so do some research first on how often your dog should be bathed.

Practice At Home

There are lots of scary things going on at the groomers – noisy trimmers, other dogs barking, strangers touching their paws and face, etc. It might help to get your dog used to some of these things at home first. You can massage their paws and in between their fingers regularly so they are used to the sensation. Try using a vibrating toothbrush or other buzzing objects around them, and softly rub their chin and near their eyes. Always be gentle and give lots of treats and praise!

Smooth Drop-Off

We know that you are worried about leaving your pet, but it is very important that you stay calm while dropping them off. Dogs are very good at picking up on our emotions, and if you act stressed out, they will too. A quick kiss and a “see you soon!” will make the drop-off much smoother. You can also let your groomer know a little about your dog’s likes, dislikes, or personality – anything that will help them keep your dog calm and happy. You may even want to bring them to the groomer for a meet and greet visit first so they can get to know the groomer as well.

Hopefully, with these tips, your grooming experience will become worry-free for you and your fur baby.

If you are ready to make a grooming appointment, contact us at Pawsh Dog House and we will make sure you and your dog have a great experience!

Making The Doggy Bath Fun

Your poor pooch hates bath time, even though it is an important part of the dog grooming process. He sings the sad song of his people as you hold him down and cover him in suds. Skip the fight and make doggy bath time more enjoyable for you and your pooch with these simple tricks.

Making The Doggy Bath Fun

Use an Anti-Slip Mat

One of the main reasons dogs don’t enjoy bath time is because they don’t feel safe. Between the water, the wet tub and the soap bath time can become very slippery. Using an anti-slip mat, some bathtub stickies or even a towel will increase the traction between your pups feet and the bottom of the tub making him feel safer.

Use Warm Water

No one enjoys a cold bath. Using warm water, measuring about 98.6 degrees Fahrenheit will help relax your pup. Too cold of water can be stressful on your dog during bath time. You can put a small amount of water in the tub and have your dog lay down or gently pour the water over him. If neither option is working use a washcloth and get your pooch wet with that. Many prefer to have a shower head on a hose to easily wet and rinse the dog.

Careful on the Face

Wash your dogs face with a washcloth instead of running water down it. Gently wipe around the eyes and nose with a mild soap being careful not to get it into his eyes or nose.

Stay Calm

Dogs are sensitive creatures and they can sense when their human is stressed. This will lead to them feeling stressed as well. Keeping yourself calm during bath time will help ensure that your pooch is calmer too. Use positive reinforcement with easy treats or a favorite waterproof toy. Use a calm and playful voice. Do not scold your dog. Scolding your dog in the bath may result in them fearing the bath even more. Instead, follow his cues and stop doing what is scary. Show him that it isn’t something to fear and proceed a little slower.

If you take your time and provide some comforts both you and your pooch will soon be able to enjoy doggy bath time together. For Further information please contact us. 

Steps to Make Pet Grooming a Great Experience for Your Puppy, Part II of II

While grooming is great for any dog, puppies may be apprehensive about their first experience with pet grooming. Here’s some tips to make them less so.

Steps to Make Pet Grooming a Great Experience for Your Puppy, Part II of II

Travel with them frequently

Many dogs love to be outside, and many owners take them on frequent walks. But many, such as toy or smaller breeds, may have their walking or running confined to a yard or nearby streets. As a result, an actual event like going to another place in a car may be unfamiliar. They may become very excitable being in a car. This can present a problem when you take them to the groomer or the vet — they aren’t used to being in a car, or being put in a car. The answer? Make traveling in a car familiar. Check out dog parks. Go see friends with them. Demystify the experience of being in a car and going somewhere.

Consult your vet

Just like your primary doctor with you, your vet is a primary caregiver for your dog. Since grooming is physical, it’s a good idea to run the idea of grooming past your vet and see what they have to say. It isn’t advisable, for example, to clip the toenails of some dog breeds. Some shampoos may irritate the skin or hair of other breeds. It’s better to be safe than sorry, so be sure to ask.

Brush between grooming visits

It’s a good idea to get your dog used to the idea of a brush from a groomer early on. But it’s also a good idea to get them used to some of the tools groomers use. Brushing between grooming visits is a great way to demystify the experience even more. After all, if you are brushing your pet carefully and lovingly at home, it becomes a safe and comfortable experience.

Let us help you groom your new puppy! Contact us today.

Doggie Daycare: Is Your Dog Getting Enough Exercise?

More than half the dogs in the United States are overweight. Obese dogs are much more prone to chronic diseases such as arthritis and heart disease. These diseases also make it harder or more dangerous for dogs to exercise. Doggie Daycare is a great way to add exercise to your dog’s routine.

Doggie Daycare: Is Your Dog Getting Enough Exercise?

Exercise is crucial for all living beings, but it may be even more so for dogs, because not only their health but their mental well-being can be impaired by not getting enough exercise. In fact, if you’ve ever come home to a ripped couch or chewed-upon shoes, it may be because your dog isn’t getting enough exercise. It can make them nervous and bored…which can lead them to try and find excitement in your apartment any way they can.

How much should your dog exercise? If you have a small breed such as a pug, it could be healthy and happy with 30 minutes a day. If you have a larger dog, such as a Lab or a collie, a good amount is around 2 hours per day. One-half hour to 2 hours is a range; dogs in the midsize breed range should have an exercise regimen in the middle.

Dogs love to walk, run, and play fetch, so all of these activities are good. But experts also caution that good exercise provides stimulation other than the physical to dogs. Mental stimulation is important too. Dogs like to explore unfamiliar territory. They like to poke around and smell things. So if you’re a runner and like to take your dog with you, for example, work in some time when your dog can walk at a leisurely pace and sniff stuff.

Varying the route is important to mental stimulation. That’s why fetch, although a great game from a fitness standpoint, isn’t the most mentally stimulating of dog exercise plans. They love to run back and forth, and it’s fine in moderation. But running back and forth will pale from the interest standpoint.

When you think about boarding your dog, think about their exercise and other needs. We can help. To discuss boarding your dog, or Doggie Daycare contact us today.

Will Your Doggie Love Daycare?

There are many things to consider before you choose to put your best friend in a doggie daycare. So many, that sometimes it can seem overwhelming to choose the right place for your dog. This short list of things to look for in your dog’s day care center will help you get on your way to finding the perfect place for your best friend! Will Your Doggie Love Daycare?

Will Your Doggie Love Daycare?

Is Your BFF Friendly?

Your dog will have to be very social to survive in a doggie daycare center. This isn’t the day care centers fault, but rather, that is what these places are made for! Most doggie daycare centers are designed so that your playful pooch is able to have the time of their lives playing with all their new friends.

Is the Center Clean?

You’ll want to take notice of how the daycare is taken care of, I mean, it is where your dog will spending much of their day. Now, as dog owners, we know that sometimes it is impossible to keep up with our pooches, let alone a whole daycare, but pay attention to the little things. Are the rooms where your dog will be dirty? Do they have an outdoor center, and are droppings picked up? Does the staff seem friendly? Go with your gut when it comes to the place your pooch will be watched. Remember, you want that daycare to adore your friend as much as you do.

This Will Be Their Home Away From Home.

You want to make sure that your dog likes where they are. Of course, your friend might be a little skiddish when they first arrive, but if they never relax during your initial visit, you may want to take that into consideration. A dog knows what is good and bad for them (the piece of plastic they ate yesterday doesn’t count). Pay attention to your pup’s reactions to the daycare, good and bad.

Pawsh Doghouse is known for their friendly staff, clean play areas, and they provide grooming services! If you are looking for the perfect daycare center for your doggie contact us.

3 Reasons You Should Utilize Doggie Daycare

Have you ever considered putting your fur babies in doggie daycare only to feel guilt creep in moments later?

“I should just take care of them.”

“I shouldn’t have to count on another person to take care of my responsibility.”

“I don’t want Buttercup and Rosie to think I abandoned them.”

Well we’re here to give you 3 reassuring reasons why you should kick the guilt aside and utilize doggie daycare as a benefit to you AND your fur baby.

3 Reasons You Should Utilize Doggie Daycare

1. Socialization. Socialization. Socialization.

Socializing your pup is crucial at any age, but especially as a puppy. Just like humans, we need to get used to people when we are little. We can’t hang on to the same pacifier our mom uses to calm us down and we can’t always resort to our baby blanket and favorite stuffed animal when we are intimidated. Dogs grow up and come in contact with more dogs and humans too. This is your opportunity to to give YOUR PUP a space where they can socialize with other dogs and learn, you know, dog manners and stuff.

2. More socializing for your pup = more socializing for you. 

By dropping your pup off at daycare, not only do they learn to how to behave with other dogs and humans, you get humanly interaction too. This includes humanly interaction with yourself too. You can choose enjoy a drink after work with your favorite coworkers, sign up for your favorite yoga class, or even take time picking out groceries at the store without the guilt that Bubba is waiting on you at home. In fact, he’s not even thinking about you – more about who’s behind he can sniff!

3. A clean house with the fur baby out!

Have you ever wondered what it’s like to clean the entire house and not immediately find the couch covered in dog hair right after? That’s because it’s almost impossible to do when they’re following you around the house as you vacuum and sweep and mop. Although we kind of admit that WE think it’s cute when dogs bark at the vacuum, you probably don’t. It is even cuter to clean the house when your furry friend isn’t interrupting. Drop your pup off at doggie daycare and give your house some uninterrupted attention!

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Steps to Make Pet Grooming a Great Experience for Your Puppy, Part I of II

Puppies are lively. They’re enthusiastic. They’re fun to be around. They love to explore. Ah, but do they love to be groomed? Well, some may. But puppies can also experience their first grooming experience as an intrusion of foreign elements — new people, new implements, new smells. It can be slightly scary, and not fun. As a result, it’s a good idea to prepare your puppy to like grooming. After all, why wait until it’s over to enjoy being pampered — and the ability to be sitting clean and pretty? Here’s some tips on making not only your puppy’s initial visit to the groomer as pleasant as possible.

Steps to Make Pet Grooming a Great Experience for Your Puppy, Part I of II

Start a regular routine

To be at your pet’s best, they need regular professionals who care for them. A vet. Possibly a dog walker, if you can’t be around much and your puppy is active. A groomer should be introduced just as a vet or dog walker would be, at a young age. The earlier you start, the more the puppy understands that this is just what we do at our house. Shampooing, clipping, and brushing should be something your dog expects will happen on a regular basis. Socialize them to expect it. A mobile grooming experience can be a great way to introduce it, as it’s a transition between the home and the groomer.

Take a piece of their usual habitat with them

Dogs are creatures of smell and habit, among other elements. The grooming experience will be more comfortable if they can have a blanket they usually lay on (smells like them) or some favorite toys (elements of their usual hangout) with them when they’re groomed. Ask the groomer if these can go with the dog to grooming. Be sure and wash the blanket, of course, to be in keeping with the clean and pretty of the grooming experience.

Want to make a pet grooming appointment? Contact us today.

Doggie Day Care, Safer than the Dog Park!

Is it possible to let your dog run free and still be safe?  We’ve all seen them on the outskirts of town; fenced in green pastures that allow for open area, outdoor dog play and require a key card for entry. Load your pup in the car, race off to the park where he can play with his buddies outside and take a nap when you get home. Seems like a wonderful idea, right?  When arriving at the park, all you have to do is swipe your key card, open the gate, and let the dog run free. Not only is your dog not properly introduced to other dogs, but there is also no way for you to know that their “new friend” is up to date on all vaccines or isn’t carrying a nasty parasite. This also increases the risk for the spread of fleas and ticks. Our facilities always require proof of vaccinations, and have trained staff to evaluate introductions. Have you considered doggie day care as a safer alternative than a dog park?

Doggie Day Care, Safer than the Dog Park!


Properly introducing dogs is a critical stage in socialization that allows your dog to decide “friend or foe”, and allows the human to react based on their decision. If friend is decided, the dogs can happily play and enjoy themselves in a healthy manner. However, if foe is the decision, a fight can be devastating and may result in injury to you and the dog. Body language during introduction can tell a lot about how the meeting will go, and misreading this can impose serious behavioral risks. It is always recommended to consult with a professional when introducing dogs. Having a trained staff within our facilities ensures that all introductions are handled properly, and that all dogs have a great and safe time.


Parasites and bacterial infections are a whole other issue. At the dog park there are generally 1-3 water buckets that are filled when needed. But who cleans them and how often? Many parasites are transferred from dog to dog, and the community water bucket is a cesspool of them. There are certain parasites that are transferred through feces. When the dog accidentally runs through infected grass then plays in the water bucket, the water becomes contaminated and infects almost every dog that drinks from it. Sanitation is of the utmost importance in our facilities, and water buckets are cleaned several times a day by the staff. Our employees ensure speedy and thorough cleanup after every potty break, reducing the risk of illness and costly vet visits.

Please contact any of our four locations if you would like a safe, sanitary, and monitored environment for your dog to play and have a great time!

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