What is the Kennel Cough vaccination that dogs need?
The Kennel Cough vaccination is an intranasal vaccination and is not part of the yearly booster injection for your dog so please check with your vet if your dog is vaccinated against it before making your booking.
Kennel Cough is a very common and contagious disease mostly contracted by dogs, it is not contagious to humans. Your pet will be constantly hacking and coughing, sometimes spitting up bits of phlegm. Over exertion or excitment can trigger it and make it much worse, so limiting your dogs amount of exercise is recommended while suffering from kennel cough. An immediate vet check up followed by rest and relaxation is the best course of action to take.
Kennel cough in dogs is an airbourne virus and can be compared to the human flu. In most cases Kennel Cough is not serious, and will only last up to a week or two. However, in more serious cases it can last up to several months, and can be extremely uncomfortable for your dog. It’s important to have your dog checked out as soon as it begins showing signs of kennel cough as it may be symptoms of another more serious condition your dog is suffering from.
How Your Dog or Pet Can Get It
The more time your dog spends around other dogs (at the park, boarding kennels, vets, grooming shops, dog parks, on the street, doggy daycare, pet shops, etc), the higher the risk of contracting kennel cough. Kennel Cough is an airbourne virus so can spread very easily even if your dog has been vaccinated.
Some dogs will not display any symptoms whatsoever of kennel cough, but can still transmit it to others. This is why the more time your dog spends with other dogs, the higher the risk.
Kennel cough is not usually a serious condition, but can be very irritating for your dog and in some cases can develop into a more serious disease. If your dog or pet is showing any of the following symptoms listed below, it’s important to give it the proper care so that it can recover as soon as possible.
Kennel cough symptoms can range from the obvious honking cough, to a lack of exercise, to hacking up foamy liquid. It is important to monitor your dog for strange symptoms, especially if you visit dog parks on a regular basis.
Kennel cough can almost sound like a honking noise at times. It’s a persistent dry hacking that sounds like your dog is going to vomit. It’s common for your dog to cough many times in succession with the final cough looking and sounding like your dog is trying to hack something out. This is very uncomfortable for your pet, and can put a big strain on it’s body if it’s not treated right away. This is the most apparent kennel cough symptom.
Most dogs will still want to be active regardless of their cough. However, if you notice that the cough gets worse every time they go for a run, it’s most likely kennel cough, and is best to limit their exercise until all symptoms of the cough are gone. It may be hard to deny your pets the exercise they look forward to everyday, but rest is is much more important in this situation so they can recover as quickly as possible.
Hacking up Foamy Liquid and Phlegm
Hacking up phlegm is a common symptom of kennel cough, the same way humans do when we have the flu. It is also possible that they may throw up liquid and foam. If they eat their food or drink their water too quickly, they may puke up their dinner and phlegmy water due to an irritated throat. Some dogs won’t cough anything up during kennel cough, but are still suffering from a painful and uncomfortable throat (respiratory tract) disease that should be treated right away.
Depression and Sickness
Many dogs will remain happy and active during kennel cough, however depending on the length and severity of the disease it may start to wear your pet down. It’s extremely important to monitor your dog closely if they start acting out of the norm. If they begin showing signs of sickness and/or depression for more than a day or two they should be brought to a vet immediately.
Other less obvious kennel cough symptoms might include sneezing, a loss in appetite, redness around the eyes, and/or a runny nose.
Kennel cough does not usually last long, however in serious cases it can last up to a few months. Please note that kennel cough is extremely contagious so it’s best not to let your dog near other animals until it has fully recovered.