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Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Dangers of Kennels for Your Puggle

As I've mentioned in the past, my puggle lost her hearing due to an ear infection and the antibiotic that was used to treat that infection.

This type of hearing loss in dogs takes place over a period of days, and if the symptoms of hearing loss are caught in time and you stop giving your puggle the ear medication, he or she can repair the hearing loss over time.

However, when your puggle is in a kennel, the people keeping an eye on the dogs can't pay the same amount of attention to your puggle that you would, and they don't know your dog well enough to notice something like hearing loss.

So if your puggle is on a new kind of medication, or has any other conditions which may require lots of undivided attention, then you MUST avoid kennels at all costs.

They simply don't have the manpower to care for your puggle the way your puggle wants to be cared for!

Some alternatives include:

  • leaving your puggle with friends or family
  • asking your vet if you can delay administering a new medication until after the holidays
  • finding a family that will take a puggle for a short period of time in lieu of a kennel, and making them aware of your puggle's medical needs

There's always an alternative to putting your dog in a kennel, if you're willing to do the research.

Your puggle will thank you for it!