KENNEL COUGH THE FACTS!

Here at MPK we are very aware of how easily Kennel Cough can spread, and because of this we are very strict with our infection control.  As we are a stray kennels we are unable to control what dogs are coming into the kennels and what they are bringing in with them. We find a lot of people have misconceptions of Kennel Cough so we thought we would put these facts together to help people understand what Kennel Cough is and how it is spread.

What is Kennel Cough?

– Kennel cough or ‘Infectious Tracheobronchitis’ is a infection of the upper respiratory tract of the dog.
– Kennel Cough is highly contagious and spreads very quickly through dogs kept in close proximity. Hence the name  ‘Kennel Cough’
Kennel Cough is also spread by dogs coming into contact with infected dogs or toys, bowls etc unknowingly when      out on walks.

How it is spread?

– Both bacterial and viral Kennel cough is airborne, and this is part or the reason it is so contagious.
– The coughing and sneezing of infected dogs causes mucus and fluids containing the bacteria and virus to be diffused into the air, where it can be inhaled by other dogs.
– The incubation period of Kennel Cough is between 5-7 days, before signs are shown.

What are the Signs of Kennel Cough?

– Kennel Cough usually causes a dry hacking cough (as if your dog has something lodged in there throat), sneezing and running nose.
– Depending on the severity of the infection the signs can last as little as a few days up to several weeks.
– Your dog can remain infectious up to 3 months after the signs of Kennel Cough have gone.

What is the treatment for Kennel Cough?

– In most cases your dog will recover without treatment within 3 weeks.
– If your dog is bright, perky and eating well there may not be a need to visit the vet. But if you are worried or concerned about your dog, you should always contact your vet for advice.
– Sometimes your vet will prescribe Antibiotics to kill off the bacteria.

How can I Prevent my dog from getting Kennel cough?

– There is a Kennel Cough Vaccination available that is syringed up your dogs nose. Your dog will probably not like it, but the vaccination can prove invaluable in helping your dog fight the infection. This will not stop your dog contracting the virus, but it will aid your dog in fighting the infection and help them recover quicker.
– keeping your dog healthy, a good weight and not exposing your dog to extreme temperatures can aid your dog if they come into contact with the virus.

**It is advised that if your dog is showing signs of Kennel Cough you don’t put other dogs at risk by taking them out into areas where other dogs are or will be**