What is Kennel Cough?
Kennel cough can be caused by a variety of disease agents and can be viral, bacterial or both. The main clinical sign, a dry hacking cough, can occur between 3-10 days after exposure to the infection. Other clinical signs may include; lethargy, reluctance to eat, fever, retching associated with the cough, runny eyes and/or nose and depression. Although rarely very serious, depending on the severity, kennel cough can last from a few days to several weeks and even after the coughing has stopped, your dog can remain infectious for up to three months!
How can i protect my dog?
We recommend you vaccinate your dog against kennel cough with an annual vaccination, particularly if you dog commonly mixes with other dogs or needs to attend boarding kennels. The vaccine is administered by squirting it up the nostril as opposed to it being injected. Although this may sound off putting, it is generally tolerated well by the majority of dogs we see.