Kennel Cough

Kennel cough is making its way around town!

We’ve had 5 cases in the last 2 days from various different boarding/day care facilities around town. Remember, kennel cough has nothing to do with the cleanliness of a facility and does not mean that your pet is being neglected in any way. Taking your pet day care or boarding is like taking your child to school…unfortunately, sometimes, they just get sick.

Similar to the flu, there are so many different strains of kennel cough that your pet can still get sick even when vaccinated; just like you can still get the flu even after getting your flu shot. If your dog has kennel cough, a simple round of antibiotics should do the trick!

So what exactly is kennel cough?

Kennel cough is an upper respiratory infection affecting dogs. It is caused by a combination of the canine parainfluenza virus and the bacteria Bordetella bronchiseptica. It is highly contagious. Kennel cough is so named because the infection can spread quickly among dogs in the close quarters of a kennel or animal shelter.

Viral and bacterial causes of canine cough are spread through airborne droplets produced by sneezing and coughing. These agents also spread through contact with contaminated surfaces. Most causes of kennel cough are highly contagious, even days or weeks after symptoms disappear. Symptoms usually begin two to three days after exposure, and can progress to lower respiratory infections such as pneumonia. 

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