Canine Cough

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Things to know about Canine Cough or “Kennel Cough”

At Village Sentry Pet Care we are sensitive to Tracheobronchitis being referred to as “Kennel Cough”. Many years ago the term “Kennel Cough” came from dogs being housed together in a facility, most often a kennel. During this time, a common space shared by dogs was considered a “kennel”.
     Fast forward to today- our dogs are our favorite companions, and where we go, they follow. They go many places with us such as; trips abroad, to the local store, trail walking with other dogs, the local dog park, doggy daycare, boarding facilities, the groomer’s, or to the vet’s office. These places, and many more, are all areas a dog can contract Tracheobronchitis. A dog does not have to be in a kennel, or even be in direct contact with another dog, to contract the illness.
     Like human colds and flus, canine upper respiratory viruses are airborne and spread through the air. It’s the same idea as your children going off to school or riding the bus. They can be vaccinated against the flu, but it doesn’t necessarily mean they won’t get the flu. Whether or not someone contracts a virus depends on their own immune system. Even if a dog has been vaccinated, some will still contract a virus while others might not. We firmly believe that the deciding factor is your own dogs immune system.
     The most common symptom of Tracheobronchitis is a dry cough or a hacking sound (almost as if your dog had something stuck in their throat). Sometimes this cough can cause your dog to vomit. You might notice this cough when your dog is pulling on their leash and pressure is applied to their throat.
     If you suspect your dog has canine cough, please keep them at home and contact your veterinarian for their advice. Your vet may prescribe antibiotics if there is a bacterial, or secondary infection, but antibiotics are not prescribed for viral infections.
     If you have confirmed that your dog has a case of Canine Cough, we ask that your dog be cough-free for at least 5-days before returning to our facility.

If you have any questions, please visit one of our office staff members!