Of all dog illnesses, kennel cough ranks at the top of the list as one of the most contagious. This upper-respiratory infection is capable of victimizing dogs of all ages. Kennel cough is caused by canine adenovirus type 2, parainfluenza virus, canine respiratory coronavirus, or Bordetella bronchiseptica bacteria. When a dog becomes infected with this disease, it can easily infect other canines, especially at a dog boarding facility.
There are a few things you can do to protect your dog from contracting and spreading this awful disease.
Symptoms Of Kennel Cough
Fortunately, the symptoms of kennel cough are quite prevalent. Soon after exposure, your dog will most likely begin to exhibit a quick onset of symptoms. You’ll notice your pup developing a cough that gets progressively worse, especially when they are excited or running.
In most cases, your dog will get better on their own without medical intervention. However, there are some dogs who need to see a vet for treatment. You’ll know if your dog needs treatment if they develop fever, colored nasal discharge, fatigue, a refusal to eat, and labored breathing.
Causes Of Canine Upper Respiratory Illness
Any type of crowded interaction with other dogs can expose your pet to kennel cough. This can be from a dog boarding facility to dog shows. Summer is the worst time of year for kennel cough although the illness can strike during any season.
The best thing you can do in preventing your dog from contracting kennel cough is to fully disinfect crates, bedding, bowls, and toys after your furry friend has been around a large group of dogs. You should try to avoid your dog having nose-to-nose contact with other dogs and not drink or eat from one another’s bowls. It’s best if you wash your hands after touching another dog, too.
If your vet determines your dog is at high risk for developing kennel cough, they might recommend that you get your dog a vaccination that will lessen the symptoms, should your dog contract the illness.
If your furry friend does happen to come down with kennel cough, it is best to isolate them until at least two weeks after the last cough. Then, you should thoroughly clean the dog’s kennel, bowls, and other infected hard surfaces with bleach water. Clothing, blankets, and toys should either be thrown away or washed in extremely hot water.
Truly, there is no reason to be afraid of kennel cough as it is a totally curable illness, provided the proper protocols are followed.
Learn More About Kennel Cough Prevention At All Star Pet Resort
Your dog’s safety and well-being are of the utmost importance to us at All Star Pet Resort. We take every precaution possible to ensure our boarding facility carries a low risk of spreading this disease. Contact us today if you’d like to learn more about preventing kennel cough. Our friendly staff looks forward to chatting with you!
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