An alert has come in from our veterinary correspondent about an increase in dogs with kennel cough in the area.
Kennel cough is one of the most common infectious viruses seen in veterinary practices and, though never a pleasant experience for your dog, this current outbreak seems to be a particularly nasty strain with many animals requiring medical intervention.
Kennel Cough is an upper respiratory infection which is highly contagious, in the same way that ‘coughs and sneezes spread diseases’ in humans, an infected dog can pass the condition onto other dogs. The virus and bacteria in the droplets can survive for some time and can be picked up; this can include contact with toys, food/water bowls and also from humans who may have been coughed or sneezed on by their dog.
In extreme cases Kennel cough can be fatal for old or very young animals and animals with other medical conditions. If you think your dog has Kennel Cough consult your vet about treatment as soon as possible. It may also be advisable to keep the animal outwith the waiting room at the surgery until your appointment with the vet.
Symptoms may include:
- A persistent dry hacking cough - you may think your dog has something stuck in its throat
- Coughing up a white foamy liquid
- A runny nose and eyes
- Listlessness and loss of appetite
To prevent your dog getting Kennel Cough consider getting it vaccinated, your vet can advise you regarding vaccination.