Kennel Cough – Know The Signs & How To Treat It
Hello, and welcome back to another River Dogs informative blog! Today we’re going to cover a nasty little infection that is rife at this time of year and can spread like wildfire – Kennel Cough. We’re going to give you a quick overview as to what Kennel Cough is, how to spot, treat and prevent it, and a few other interesting facts along the way.
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What Is Kennel Cough?
I guess it’s most important to start with the basics. So Kennel Cough is an infection that affects the lungs, throat and airways, giving your furry little friends a nasty cough. The bacteria that cause the virus spread very quickly from pooch to pooch, so it’s important to keep your dog out of contact with his or her friends until they recover.
Contrary to popular belief, Kennel Cough isn’t always picked up in Kennels; it’s most commonly caught in parks and other recreational areas where you might go for a walk. It’s also not too dangerous for most healthy dogs, but can be more severe in elderly dogs, young little pups, and dogs that already have pre-existing health issues.
Know The Signs!
It won’t surprise you that Kennel Cough presents itself in a nasty counting cough, but other than that your dog should be perfectly fine. It will sound like your dog has something lodged in their throat, and will probably be more distressing to you than it will be to them (they are hardy little creatures are our four-legged friends!)
Some dogs might get a few other symptoms such as a runny nose and eye discharge, and you might notice that they’ve been sneezing a little bit more than usual. If you are worried that your dog’s symptoms are getting worse then keep your vet in the loop.
How Do I Treat Kennel Cough And Prevent My Pet From Catching It Again?
Most healthy adult dogs will get over kennel cough naturally. We tend to forget that dogs are hardy animals and think that they are vulnerable (they are our best friends, after all, so it’s perfectly natural to think this way), but think of it like the common cold in us humans. They produce antibodies and fight it off themselves; rest and lots of attention are the best cures here folks.
If you do think that they need a little bit of help and that they’re struggling then your vet can prescribe a course of antibiotics – they will let you know if they are necessary or not if you’re unsure, but don’t jump the gun unless you pooch is struggling. If your dog is still looking playful and wolfing down food then don’t worry too much. If their behaviour changes drastically and they don’t show any signs of changing then seek advice.
In terms of prevention, you can arrange to get your little partner a vaccination against something called ‘bordatella bronchiseptica’ – this is probably the most common cause of kennel cough, and whilst the vaccination won’t completely eradicate the chance of your dog not picking up the bacteria it will undoubtedly reduce the odds, and it will reduce the symptoms if your pet does manage to pick it up again.
Make sure that your furry friends are up to date with all of their vaccinations as they cover other bacteria that can cause kennel cough. If you’re unsure about what treatments you need to book in for then speak to your vet – they will have a full record of what your dog already has and what they need in the future.
Can My Dog Catch Kennel Cough More Than Once?
Yes, it’s just like the common cold. Think how many times you might catch a virus in your lifetime, well kennel cough is precisely the same. There isn’t a foolproof way of stopping your dog from catching it altogether (unless you keep them in a sterile box with a treadmill for their entire life, which isn’t a good idea!) so you’ll just have to cross this bridge when you get to it and keep your eyes peeled for any signs of kennel cough returning.
What Is The River Dogs Policy On Kennel Cough?
If a dog displays signs of Kennel cough then they should be kept away from daycare due to the infectious nature of the disease till symptoms pass. Puppies and older dogs are more vulnerable to worse symptoms, and we like to keep our customers in a germ-free zone at River Dogs HQ (think of us as the Switzerland of the Influenza world).
Please follow your vet’s advice and make them aware that they usually attend daycare. When dogs are having booster injections you should always get advice from your vet. River Dogs advocates Kennel cough injections and boosters for all of our four-legged customers. Booster injections may not prevent a dog from catching kennel cough, but symptoms will be less severe. Once a dog has had kennel cough it usually is immune from that particular strain for 6-12 months.
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