What is Kennel Cough?

As we come into the full holiday season, we see more and more pets in our boarding facilities. Along with all of these pets can sometimes come diseases we try to prevent at all costs. One of these is kennel cough, which we require a vaccination for before boarding.

Kennel cough, also known as canine infectious tracheobronchitis, is a respiratory disease that can be highly contagious but very treatable. It is most commonly transmitted in areas with high volumes of dogs like dog parks, boarding facilities or daycares. It can be transmitted multiple ways including; airborne droplets, touching noses or water/food bowls. Mostly it is important to be aware of this disease and get your pets vaccinated, but knowing what to look for is also important.

Symptoms of kennel cough are similar to that of a cold that a human would contract. These symptoms include a strong cough,  runny nose, fatigue or loss of appetite. Kennel cough is easily treatable, especial in adult dogs, but it is important to note that a cough is something that should be reported to a vet anytime because it could signal a more serious illness.

Treatments mostly include rest and isolation from other dogs to avoid spreading the infection. In some severe cases, we may prescribe an antibiotic to avoid worsening or other secondary infections. As always though, when a vaccine is available for a disease, we recommend your dog get it. This is especially important when dogs are exposed to high volumes of other dogs, and once again is required for our boarding facilities.

If you want to get your dog vaccinated, think they have kennel cough or want more information about exposing your dog to other dogs, please give us a call at (480) 686-9275 or visit us online to make an appointment.