If you’ve ever tried to board your dog, bring him to a hotel or take him to a group training session, you’ve likely been asked for proof of vaccines, including the Bordatella vaccine. This vaccine is designed to protect your pet from kennel cough and is essential if your pet is going to be in an environment with lots of other dogs and cats. Learning more about kennel cough can help you spot the signs of this illness and discover why vaccination is required by most boarding facilities and group activities. Here’s what you need to know about kennel cough to better protect your pet:

What is Kennel Cough?

Kennel cough, or infectious Tracheobronchitis, is a respiratory illness that is easily and rapidly transferred from one dog to another. It can also be transferred to another species, so if your dog picked it up at the dog park, your inside only cat could catch it from him. Symptoms include coughing, sneezing, tiredness, nasal discharge and crusty eyes.

Can Kennel Cough Harm My Dog?

If your dog is very old, very young or already ill, kennel cough could make him feel even worse. In extreme cases, kennel cough could cause respiratory distress; if you are concerned you should call the office. Since the symptoms of kennel cough could mimic other things, if you are concerned or if the coughing seems overly distressing, you should come into the office to be seen.

What is the Treatment for Kennel Cough?

Most cases of kennel cough resolve on their own with rest and time. If your pup has a more severe case, or if you are worried, your Banning vet can prescribe a cough medicine or antibiotics if infection is suspected. Never give your pet cough medicine designed for humans, it is not safe for dogs or cats.

A quick visit can confirm kennel cough is to blame for your pet’s symptoms; don’t hesitate to stop in or call if you are concerned — or if you want to take a proactive stance and protect your pup with the Bordatella vaccine.

 

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