Kennel cough is a highly contagious infection that is spread via droplets when animals cough or sneeze. It therefore spreads very quickly when dogs are in close contact such as in kennels, at shows or training classes but can also be picked up when out for a walk due to contamination of the environment, and it can spread to cats as well in some cases. It is caused by a number of viruses and bacteria often in combination together but the good news is that we can help to prevent it with a vaccine. The vaccine protects against the Parainfluenza virus and the bacteria Bordetella Bronchiseptica that cause the most severe form of the disease. The picture shows an intranasal kennel cough vaccine being given.
KENNEL COUGH SYMPTOMS
– Harsh, dry hacking cough often with retching (distressing for dog and owner)
– Runny nose
– Reduced appetite
Your dog may suffer all or some of these symptoms especially when excited, exercising or barking and the disease can lead to more serious complications such as pneumonia if left untreated especially in young, old and immune-compromised animals.
KENNEL COUGH TREATMENT
If your animal is unfortunate enough to get the disease then they should be kept quiet and away from other dogs until 7 days after they have stopped coughing as they can still transmit the disease although not as easily. You will need to visit the vets so that they can prescribe the appropriate medication. But prevention is better than cure so act now.
KENNEL COUGH PREVENTION
– Routine vaccinations
– Intranasal kennel cough vaccine
– Avoidance of coughing dogs
As we think it is important to prevent this disease we offer kennel cough vaccines at a reduced rate when done with booster vaccinations. Please allow two weeks before entry to a kennel from vaccination but better still just get it now because, as mentioned, our dogs can get the disease when out for a walk!