The Danger of Kennel Cough in Dogs
Have you heard about kennel cough in dogs? Many people have heard about it, but are unsure of what kennel cough really is. Kennel cough is known as canine infectious tracheobronchitis. This disease is a respiratory disease and is highly contagious. The good news is that it is not life-threatening and is treatable. The better news is that it is preventable. The more you know the better chance you have of avoiding kennel cough in your dog.
Symptoms of Kennel Cough
How will you know if your dog has kennel cough? Your dog may exhibit one or more of the following symptoms if they have a kennel cough infection.
- Runny nose
- A persistent dry cough
- Loss of appetite
- Low fever
If you think your dog has Kennel Cough it is important to bring them a vet right away. You should let the vet know that you suspect kennel cough, because they may want to use special precautions when treating your dog. Yes, it is that contagious. Typically a vet will give your dog antibiotics, and potentially some other medications or tips to help ease their cough. If it is really bad they may give them a breathing treatment.
Kennel Cough Vaccine
Great news! There is a vaccine for Kennel Cough, and you can get it at the shot clinic. Does your dog go to doggie daycare? Are they boarded frequently? Are they in contact with other dogs on a regular basis? If so, then you would need to get the vaccine. Most businesses that have dogs mixing will require that you have the Kennel Cough vaccine. Keep in mind that the vaccine can take up to two weeks for it to provide immunity. This does require planning if you are wanting to board your dog or enter them into a training class or put them in doggie daycare.
Are there other ways to help prevent Kennel Cough? Yes! Do not use the shared water and food bowls. Many people and businesses will place water bowls out for dogs to get a drink in the warm weather. While this is a great gesture it is not a good idea. Shared water or food bowls make it much easier to transmit kennel cough. It is a good idea to not let your dog partake in these shared water bowls. Do not let your dog interact with other dogs that you do not know if you are not vaccinated. Do not bring your dog to public spaces unless they are vaccinated. Your dog can catch kennel cough by going to a dog park where another dog had it, even if that dog is not there anymore.
Typically only dog businesses will require the kennel cough vaccine, but people bring their dogs into pet stores, restaurants, even grocery stores. Remember that there is no guarantee that they got their vaccine so keep your dog safe and make sure they get theirs. This is an annual vaccine and should be kept up as a part of their annual healthcare.
Call our clinic and inquire today about getting your dog the vaccine for kennel cough.