Many of you may have seen this on our “vaccine specials list” or may have heard it being offered or may have even heard it being referred to as “Kennel Cough.”
Bordetella (AKA “Kennel Cough”) is caused by infectious agents that line the trachea of your dog which give him or her a very bad cough. These infectious agents act very much like the human common cold acts. It easily spreads from one dog to another. It’s so easily spread because these agents are airborne organisms and can be carried through the smallest water vapor or dust particles which allow any dog around to inhale it and then receive the organism into his or her system.
Symptoms of Kennel Cough include:
- dry hacking cough
- dry heaving which could leave to vomiting
- nasal discharge
In mild cases, your dog will not lose their appetite or activeness. The only difference here will be that he or she is continually coughing and sounding like they are trying to get something out of their throat. In severe cases, your dog can get a fever which could lead to other infections and illnesses.
Kennel Cough is treatable. Please bring your dog in as soon as possible if you observe the above happening.
Prevention is key here. A vaccine is available for Kennel Cough–it’s the Bordetella shot. It’s included in our vaccine package for puppies and adult dogs.
Have a great day!
Day and Evening Pet Hospital Staff