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Kennel Cough Alert:
Bordatella is an upper respiratory infection also known as canine cough or kennel cough. Much like children spreading a cold or flu to each other in school, it is common for places where dogs have nose-to-nose contact to contract cases of kennel cough this time of year (Ex. doggie daycares, boarding, grooming, training facilities, dog parks, dogs who greet on walks, have play-dates with other pups, etc,).
Dogs most likely to come down with a cough are puppies, dogs who have not been exposed to the cough before and dogs with underlying health or immune system problems.
The Bordetella vaccination that your dog has already received protects him from most, but not all strains of canine cough, just like the flu shot prevents against many, but not all flu/cold viruses. This means that any cases we see here at Pet Stuff are from strains of canine cough that are not covered by the Bordetella vaccination. The good news is that these strains are usually less severe.
Most strains of the canine cough virus can be carried and spread by dogs for up to 7-10 days before any coughing starts. This makes it impossible for our staff to know which dogs may be carrying the virus or have been exposed to the virus. If our staff notices that a dog is coughing, we will separate the dog from the play group immediately to minimize exposure to others.
If you notice your dog coughing, please be sure to keep him home from daycare until the cough is completely gone, even if your pet is on antibiotics. If your dog develops a cough that is deep, persistent or is accompanied by foamy mucous or other symptoms, he should be seen by a veterinarian to determine if treatment such as antibiotics and/or a cough suppressant are right for him.
If you decide to keep your dog home, please let us know.
If you have any questions, please give us a call.