Kennel Cough is an airborne virus which produces a hacking cough that can make it seem like your dog is trying to cough something up, but nothing appears. It is known as Kennel Cough as it can spread easily in an environment where there are lots of dogs, like a kennel, but your dog doesn’t have to have been kennelled to catch the virus.
It is not given as a standard vaccine to dogs, but it is a good idea for your dog to have the vaccination. Many dog owners think that it is only required if their dog is going to stay in a kennel, but it is more likely that your dog will pick it up from another dog in the park, so it is best to get them vaccinated.
What is Kennel Cough?
Kennel Cough is caused by bacteria or viruses that spread quickly between dogs and creates an infection that affects the lungs, throat and airways.
What are the symptoms of Kennel Cough?
Symptoms of Kennel Cough include a cough that sounds like your dog has something in their throat. This can also be coupled with a running nose, eye discharge and sneezing.
Your dog will need treatment for Kennel Cough so it is best to take your dog to your local Best Friends Branch to get them checked out. For severe cases your Vet might prescribe antibiotics.
Why vaccinate against Kennel Cough?
Some of the vaccinations given to dogs can also protect against Kennel Cough. The vaccinations given for Distemper and Influenza also cover some of the strains of the Kennel Cough bacteria. It is a good idea to vaccinate for Kennel Cough as well, it can protect against it, and if your dog does catch Kennel Cough the symptoms will be less severe.
If you have questions about Kennel Cough, or any other vaccination for your dog then please do get in touch with your local Best Friends Branch to chat to one of our Vets today.
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