There are currently a high number of cases of kennel cough in London – so here are the symptoms you need to look for.
The Blue Cross for Pets has issued some advice if you are concerned your dog has a kennel cough, as they have reported the high number of cases.
Kennel cough is the common name given to infectious bronchitis in dogs.
A number of different bacteria and viruses can be the cause, and it affects their respiratory system.
Is kennel cough dangerous?
Kennel cough is usually not dangerous and will normally go away without treatment within a few weeks.
Infection is unlikely to make a dog sick, other than a cough.
Puppies, senior dogs, and those with existing health problems, however, can be prone to complications, such as pneumonia.
Depending on the germs that caused the virus, some strains of the infection can also be more serious than others.
What are the symptoms?
In most cases, dogs with kennel cough will appear healthy apart from the cough.
Some dogs will have a runny nose, sneezing, or discharge from the eyes.
They have to keep their appetites.
How can I prevent it?
A kennel cough vaccine is available and is often required for a stay in a kennel where infection can easily spread.
Some of the infections that can cause kennel cough are included in the basic vaccines that dogs should have as a puppy, and in subsequent boosters.
The Bordetella bronchiseptica nasal vaccine can be given to your dog as young as three weeks old, providing protection for about 12 months.
It takes four days for it to become effective and is considered the fastest method of providing immunity.
Is kennel cough contagious?
Kennel cough is airborne and can also be transmitted by bacteria on toys, food bowls, or other shared items.
Kennel cough is a highly contagious infection that can be spread easily.
It has an incubation period of two to 14 days.
Certain situations and environments make them more vulnerable to disease, including stress from crowded environments, exposure to heavy dust or cigarette smoke, cold temperatures and poor ventilation.
How is kennel cough diagnosed?
If a dog is showing symptoms and has been exposed to a host of other dogs during the incubation period, they will usually be diagnosed with kennel cough.
Swabs can be taken to determine the virus or bacteria that is causing the kennel cough.
Always call a veterinarian for advice if you are concerned and let the clinic know that your dog is coughing.
It is generally a good idea to keep your dog away from other dogs while they are coughing.
Is there a treatment for kennel cough?
Dogs will recover without treatment within three weeks, but it can last up to six weeks.
Make sure your home is well ventilated and avoid using a collar or leash to aid in recovery.
Can a dog cough twice from a kennel?
Yes because there are many different varieties.
If a dog has contracted the Bordetella bronchispetica strain, they will usually be immune to reinfection for six to 12 months.
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