06 Jan Kennel Cough – June 2022
Just as we have been faced with a pandemic, it seems that our Pups have also been facing their own. Canine Infectious Respiratory Disease (CIRD), usually known as “kennel cough”, is a viral or bacterial disease that is easily spread between dogs. All dogs have a chance of contracting Kennel Cough
when entering a kennel, daycare facility, veterinary office, dog park, or any area with multiple dogs.
However, young dogs and dogs that are immune compromised (geriatric, pregnant, dogs with underlying illnesses, etc.) are more at risk. There is always a possibility of your dog being exposed to airborne diseases.
In the past two years the cases for Kennel Cough have been on the rise in our area. Veterinarians have been inedited with sick Pups. Dog parks have been closing their gates. Dog kennels are left scrabbling for a solution. So why is this happening at such an alarming rate. After speaking with several Veterinarians and other professionals in the industry we have concluded that there has been a serious rise in the amount of rescue dogs being pulled from down south and the Midwest. Just like when we travel to a new state, we are easily susceptible to the local sicknesses and in return the locals
are equally as exposed to us. So, it is the belief that as many of these Pups that are coming from down south or the Midwest, have brought with them some of their local strains. Most dogs are vaccinated against Bordatella bronchiseptica, but there are several other different contagious respiratory diseases that can occur in dogs and the vaccine will not protect them. These include, but are not limited to the following:
● Parainfluenza virus
● Bordetella bronchiseptica (bacteria)
● Adenovirus type 2
● Canine distemper virus
● Canine influenza virus
● Canine herpesvirus (very young puppies)
● Mycoplasma canis (a single-cell organism that is neither virus nor bacterium)
All dogs will react differently to each of these respiratory sicknesses. Some will barely show any signs or symptoms. Maybe a few coughs, a little runny nose. While others will get hit harder an require a course of antibiotics to help the get thru it. Whichever the case is, these are the symptoms to watch
out for. Coughing (dry or wet sounding), runny nose, eye discharge or redness, increased respiratory rate, lethargy, lack of appetite and fever. If your pet is suddenly experiencing these symptoms, please contact your veterinarian to determine the treatment plan most appropriate for you and your pet.
Here is what you can do to help your dog stay happy and healthy. Keep up with your Pups vaccinations. Proper nutrition is extremely helpful, it will give your Pup’s immune system a fighting chance. If you go to the dog park keep a watch on the other Pups for any of the symptoms and bring your own water dish. If your Pup is going to stay at a kennel, then find out their policies and protocols on this topic. The truth is, if you go where other Pups are or have been, or if your Pup loves to play with other Pups, then the chances of them getting some form of it are pretty good. Just keep in mind that it is not 100% preventable and it is no one’s fault. Your best form of defense is to catch things right at the first symptom and to keep your Pup strong.