We’ve all been enjoying a return to a more normal life recently, but since restrictions have lifted and dogs and puppies have started socialising again, we’ve noticed a significant increase in the number of dogs suffering from kennel cough in this area.
Spread by close contact where lots of dogs meet and by sharing toys and water bowls, this disease isn’t just confined to kennels. In fact, most cases AREN’T the result of a stay in kennels.
Kennel cough is a complex and highly contagious respiratory disease that can cause a distressing cough, gagging and often excess mucus production, so it’s similar to a nasty chest infection in humans. If your dog is fit and well, it usually means they have to isolate until they’ve been clear of symptoms for a few weeks. During this isolation period, they shouldn’t leave their home, even to exercise.
If they’re puppies, seniors, short-nosed breeds such as pugs and bulldogs or if they have other underlying health conditions, it can lead to more serious complications. If you have any concerns about your dog please contact us and we’ll be happy to help and to provide treatment where appropriate.
We strongly recommend all dogs under our care are vaccinated to both protect them and ensure this doesn’t become a wider problem in the local area. Whilst we consider it a really important vaccine to have, many practices don’t offer it as a core vaccine so if you have moved to us from elsewhere, you might not have been offered it unless you’ve specifically asked for it or needed it for a kennel stay.
The vaccination is quick and simple, and where possible we now give it orally which causes very little distress. The vaccine to be given to dogs from eight weeks old, and immunity typically lasts for a year.
Members of our Healthy Paws Club will already be protected as this vaccination is included in your membership along with all other preventative healthcare essentials. If you aren’t already a member, it’s worth clicking here to read more about how the plan gives you all the reassurance you need when it comes to keeping your pet healthy and happy for as long as possible.