Kennel Cough in Dogs – Symptoms, Treatment & Prevention
Although we do everything in our power to keep and maintain a clean, positive and healthy environment for your pet(s), there is no 100% guarantee that your dog will not become ill with an upper respiratory virus, even with a vaccination. We strive to make sure everything is disinfected after every occupant to include: bowls, bedding and toys. We also ensure everyone has maintained and provides proof of updated vaccination records. Yet with all of these precautions, the upper respiratory virus can still find a way to infect your dog without even knowing. Symptoms can take 3 to 7 days and as long as 2 weeks before you notice symptoms. The vaccine will not prevent the virus, but will help build immunity. It can also decrease the amount of time that the sick dog can shed the disease. Dogs can spread it to one another through airborne droplets (e.g., barking) direct contact (e.g., touching noses). The virus can even be spread from you coming in contact with an infected dog (e.g., Petsmart).
So what is Kennel Cough?
Kennel Cough is a highly contagious upper-respiratory virus seen in dogs of all ages. Kennel cough is a general term used for the virus that can be caused by canine adenovirus type 2, parainfluenza virus, canine respiratory coronavirus, or Bordetella bronchiseptica bacteria. Although kennel cough is seen in dogs of all ages, it is most severe in puppies less than 6 months old and in immune-compromised dogs. Fat Cat's now requires Bi-valent (flu) vaccine in all boarding dogs, grooming dogs, day play, day training and any other dog that comes through the door.
What are the Symptoms of Kennel Cough?
If your dog is affected with kennel cough, you may notice one or more of the following symptoms:
a strong cough, often with a “honking” sound – this is the most obvious symptom
loss of appetite