Canine Cough also known as Kennel Cough
Canine Cough, commonly called Kennel Cough, is a contagious cough that your pet can pick up. It is caused by a combination of bacterial and viral infections. Canine cough is often referred to as kennel cough because of how quickly it spreads in kennel environments.
How do I know if my pet has canine cough?
If your dog has canine cough they will usually develop a harsh cough that comes on suddenly. This harsh cough that can sometimes sound like your dog is trying to cough something up. If you think your dog has canine cough you should have your dog checked by your vet.
How does my dog get canine cough is it only in kennels?
Canine cough is an airborne disease that is highly contagious. Given how contagious canine cough is it spreads rapidly in a kennel or in any environment where dogs are in close contact. Your dog can also pick it up when they’re out on their walk from another dog as it is airborne. Not every dog that comes into contact with the disease will pick it up as each dog’s immune system is different.
Can you treat canine cough?
Canine cough can often resolve itself. Some dogs require an antibiotic to clear the bacterial component of the illness. Anti-inflammatories can also be helpful for your dog, as they’re clearing the cough, as the cough can be quite uncomfortable for them.
Can I vaccinate my dog against canine cough?
There is a vaccine available. The vaccine is a nasal spray. Because there are different strains of bacteria that cause canine cough the vaccine can’t 100% guarantee protection. A dog that is vaccinated, however, will have reduced symptoms when compared to an unvaccinated dog. The harsh cough can be extremely uncomfortable, so a reduction in symptoms gives your dog more comfort.
Do I need to vaccinate my dog before boarding kennels?
Any reputable boarding kennel will require your dog to be vaccinated against kennel cough. It is best to vaccinate your dog well in advance of them going to the kennels.
Is the vaccine a one off vaccine?
The vaccine needs to be repeated every year to keep up protection.