6 May 2012
We have had quite a few clients ask about Kennel cough recently. Kennel cough is often a misunderstood sickness. As a result we have done some research and consulted our local vet to confirm some important facts we would like to share with you. Kennel cough is a respiratory disease that is transmitted much the same way as human flu. It can pass from dog to dog in many situations not just kennels. It is an airborne virus and can travel considerable distances. The incubation period is anywhere between 5 to 14 days. Dogs are considered most contagious when they are not showing any symptoms. Symptoms include a gagging cough, sometimes accompanied by sneezing and nasal discharge. Unfortunately no amount of supervision, sanitation or personalised care can prevent a dog from catching an airborne virus.Effective immunisation can be difficult due to the virus being caused by so many different pathogens. However, it is still necessary to vaccinate your dog annually as this reduces the risk considerably. It is important to be aware of signs or symptoms in order to exclude contagious dogs and seek veterinary advice as soon possible.