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After a distemper outbreak in Wyoming, the source of the infection was traced back to a dog kennel in Kansas.
The kennel was under investigation after the Wyoming State veterinarian contacted the Kansas Animal Health Department. Bill Brown, the Kansas Livestock Commissioner said the Health Department had quarantined the kennel twice after distemper was diagnosed there.
The kennel’s owners couldn’t sell any of the dogs and could not afford to pay for staff and upkeep of the kennels so euthanizing the nearly 1200 dogs was the only way to prevent the spread of the highly contagious disease. Most of the dogs euthanized were adults.
Caution: The video below shows a dog with distemper. This dog was a stray dog found on the side of the road and brought to my clinic by a good samaritan. Unfortunately, there is not a treatment for distemper and this puppy was euthanized shortly after this video was taped.
Canines, just like people, enjoy having an area they can call their own. This is achievable with kennels and crates for dogs. It is more usual to use kennels when your dog is outdoors and crates when your dog is inside your home. If your pet is going to stay outside the house for prolonged periods of time, and particularly if you don’t have a fenced in yard, you will need a dog kennel to keep your pet secure and comfortable. The size of the kennel will be determined by how big your four-legged friend is, and don’t forget to take into account (if your dog isn’t yet full grown) how big your canine will end up. A large number of people select either a galvanized steel kennel or a wire mesh kennel for outdoor usage. You have options for the ground covering ranging from the original dirt in your back garden to a concrete slab to gravel. Take into account that if your pet enjoys digging, they might be able to dig below the kennel and break free if you go with dirt or sand. It is also good to put some sort of a covering over the kennel. A replaceable tarp that you can batten down is a first-rate selection or you may determine to fit a shingle roof. It will depend on how much cash you are willing to spend.
Dog crates and kennels are available in different shapes and sizes but a good instance of a kennel is the Jewett-Cameron Champion dog kennel for which you will have to shell out roughly $200. It is easy to assemble and it is designed for convenience, long life and safety. It is constructed of galvanized steel that provides rust resistance and it will also protect your pet from wild animals and stray dogs. A tarp could easily be positioned over the top of the kennel. Its dimensions are 5 feet long x 5 feet wide x 4 feet high. If you will need something larger Jewett-Cameron offers a kennel that is 5 feet wide x 6 feet high x 10 feet long and it costs roughly $400. It has the same great characteristics as the other kennel but it offers your four-legged friend more room to stretch their legs..
Dog crates are also made of steel but, in addition, you’ll come across them in plastic, canvas and wood. These work better inside your residence and will offer your four-legged friend a spot that they know is their own where they feel safe and sound. They are also practicable for transporting your dog to vet appointments and for other traveling requirements. A great many of the wooden crates are constructed to resemble an item of furniture and they can be manufactured to match your decorations and even used as a coffee table. They start at roughly $200. The wire crates start at approximately sixty dollars, just like the canvas crates. On the less costly side, there are dog crates for sale made with plastic that will cost you approximately $40 but, not surprisingly, the price will be based on not only on the size of your dog but also on the features that you need.
Dog crates and kennels can be a real advantage to both you and your four-legged friend. For outside the house, they will have a place where they feel at ease and you can feel confident leaving them knowing they are in a contained area and are content. For indoors, both you and your puppy will be content knowing they have a spot to call their own where they can go and feel snug and comfortable.
Provide cover for your pet and protect him from sun, snow or rain.
Give your pet the perfect place to sleep year round with the Classic Sleep-eez Pet Bed by Pet Dreams. With breathable cotton on one side, keeping your pet cool in the summer, and warming sherpa on the reverse side, your pet will always have a comfortable place to relax. This bed is also perfect for dog crates, plastic kennels, and pet carriers so now your little buddy stays comfortable every where they go! Features: -65% Polyester/ 35% cotton fabric on one side and 100% sherpa on other -Mildew resistant poly fill -Made with bonded poly fill to prevent bunching up in the wash -Baffled stitched to prevent shifting -Fits most standard crates, kennels and pet carriers* -Wash with cold water and tumble dry on low heat -Available separately in plush fabrics Sizes: -X-Small: 13″ W x 19″ D -Small: 18″ W x 24″ D -Medium: 20″ W x 30″ D -Large: 23″ W x 36″ D -X-Large: 28″ W x 42″ D -XX-Large: 30″ W x 48″ D * Please keep in mind that there are no standard dog kennel sizes. Bedding has been designed to accommodate the majority of crates.
This cover and frame is easy to set up. In fact, no tools are needed! Features:Measures 4′ x 4′ x 6′Welded wire mesh panels Square frame safety design Classic hammer-tone powder-coat finish 1 inch leg extension that allows for easy clean-up, eliminating bacteria build up Lockable steel latch 6 feet high to the peak of cover.
This stylish dog kennel employs the latest design techniques and features available on the market today. It features rugged polypropylene construction a strong rustproof recessed handle and nylon nut fasteners (with a tensile strength greater than steel) that will not loosen due to vibrations. The dual rod spring-loaded latch with finger tip openers is very secure. This kennel converts to a pet bed or shelter and assembles in minutes with no tools required. Airline approved. This carrier comes in Tan/Root Beer finish.
This stylish dog kennel employs the latest design techniques and features available on the market today. It features rugged polypropylene construction a strong rustproof recessed handle and nylon nut fasteners (with a tensile strength greater than steel) that will not loosen due to vibrations. The dual rod spring-loaded latch with finger tip openers is very secure. This kennel converts to a pet bed or shelter and assembles in minutes with no tools required. Airline approved. This carrier comes in Tan/Navy finish.