13 Nov Kennel Cough Outbreak
Kennel cough (aka bordetella bronchiseptica aka canine infectious tracheobronchitis) is making the rounds again in the Lower Mainland. It is a highly infectious respiratory disease that, despite its name, is not just spread through boarding kennels, doggy daycares or dog parks.
HOW IT SPREADS
Along with boarding facilities and other places dogs congregate, transmission
can occur while hiking on trails, by sharing water bowls or coming into contact with contaminated surfaces.
Kennel cough is treatable in most dogs but as with many illnesses, it can have much more severe consequences for young puppies and older or immunocompromised dogs or those with other underlying conditions.
As with many things, prevention is the best medicine! A bordetella vaccination is easy and cheap. Make sure to get regular boosters with this vaccine! Keep your dog well rested for a couple weeks and keep him or her away from other dogs.
Depending on the severity, treatment may include medications or hospitalization in an isolation ward such as the one at Mountainside Animal Hospital.
The primary symptom is a cough, which usually has a very distinctive honking sound. Other symptoms include sneezing and runny nose, lethargy, loss of appetite and sometimes a fever.
It can sometimes be confused with other conditions including canine distemper, influenza, collapsing trachea, bronchitis, asthma or even heart disease so we always recommended a visit to your veterinarian for a correct diagnosis.