What is a Gastrointestinal Virus?
Gastrointestinal viruses are those that affect the stomach and intestines. They are typically very contagious and are spread through dog to dog contact. These types of viruses can cause vomiting, diarrhea, fatigue and lack of appetite. The viruses cause similar symptoms to the human "stomach flu bug."
How long do the symptoms last?
Oftentimes, the symptoms last about 24 hours in healthy, middle aged dogs. Dogs that are young, old, or have other health problems or suppressed immune systems may experience the symptoms longer and the symptoms may be more severe.
Does my dog need to see the veterinarian?
Since gastrointestinal virus symptoms can be very similar to other serious problems such as pancreatitis, intestinal blockages, inflammation of the digestive tract, poisoning etc. we strongly encourage you to consult your veterinarian if you dog exhibits vomiting, diarrhea, lethargy and/or lack of appetite. Your veterinarian will check your dog to be sure the symptoms are not being caused by a serious medical condition. If your dog seems to have a virus, your veterinarian can provide you with anti-vomiting medication and supportive care, such as fluids, if needed. Depending on the dog and the particular virus, your dog may or may not need veterinary care.
What time of year do Gastrointestinal viruses typically "go around?"
Gastrointestinal viruses are typically spread at dog parks, training centers, boarding facilities and daycares during the winter months.
What does Woof Dah! do to help prevent the spread of Gastrointestinal Viruses?
Our staff constantly monitors dogs for symptoms and will separate any dog that appears to be sick. Unfortunately, Gastrointestinal viruses are highly contagious. If we become aware that a virus is "going around" at Woof Dah!, we will notify you via email. Be sure you are signed up to be on our emailing list to get these health alert notifications.
What happens if my dog becomes ill while I am out of town?
If your dog becomes ill while you are gone, we will separate your dog from the group and contact you. We will provide care and transport your dog to a veterinarian in the unlikely event that that becomes necessary.