As our seasons change also do the various sicknesses that can impact your dog. Right now that is Kennel Cough.
To educate yourself on Kennel Cough, such as what it is, and whether your dog should stay home from daycare, please read the information below.
When is your dog’s cough something more serious, and when should you avoid bringing him to doggie daycare and avoid interactions with others?
If your dog is coughing or hacking for an extended period of time (several days), we strongly recommend that you isolate them from other dogs and do not bring him/her into daycare. Below is some helpful info on determining if your pup has “kennel cough” or canine cough. Please let us know if you have ANY questions!
NOTE: Even in the most hygienic, well ventilated, spacious dog daycare facility, the possibility of a dog catching ‘kennel cough’ exists.
Canine cough can be acquired from your neighbor’s dog, from an outdoor dog park, or while sitting with your dog on a bench. Your vaccinated dog can STILL pick up kennel cough even after receiving the Bordetella vaccine. There are many variations to kennel cough, and some are covered by the vaccination while others aren’t, as it is much like the flu or the common cold in humans.
What is Kennel Cough?
Kennel cough, the common name that is given to infectious canine tracheobronchitis, is a very highly contagious respiratory disease among dogs. As the name of the disease suggests, it is typified by inflammation of the trachea and bronchi. This disease is found throughout the world and is known to infect a very high percentage of dogs at least once during their lifetime. It is also medically referred to as tracheobronchitis and Bordetella.
- Dry hacking cough is the most common symptom
- Cough may sound like honking
- Watery nasal discharge
- In mild cases, dogs would likely be active and eating normally
- More coughing upon waking up or after activity
How is it transmitted?
Much like the common cold, the bacteria that causes kennel cough floats through the air after being expelled by a cough. Other dogs in the same space may inhale the air containing infectious agents, and then they have kennel cough.
Where there are numbers of dogs confined together in an enclosed environment it can be found common and potential spread. The same is true with the “colds” spread from human to human. Infected dogs can spread the organisms for days to weeks even after seeming to have fully recovered.
If your dog is showing any signs of the above we ask that you keep them home and if it persists please have your Vet check them out. We also ask that you do not have them attend daycare for 10-24 days and ensure all their symptoms are gone.