Infectious Bronchitis (Kennel Cough) is a condition that is spread by either tiny droplets in the air which are inhaled or by direct contact. It is highly contagious in situations where there are many dogs in one place such as boarding kennels, dog shows and training classes however it can also be contracted at the park or in the street.
Symptoms of kennel cough include a persistent dry hacking cough, nasal discharge, possible sneezing and in severe cases there may be loss of appetite. Although kennel cough can be very unpleasant it can be treated and our vets will be able to advise you on the most suitable treatment for your individual dog. Recovery from the symptoms of kennel cough can take up to 2-3 weeks however in severe cases and in puppies or senior dogs it can lead to pneumonia and even death and therefore you should always seek advice from a vet. If you are concerned that your dog is displaying any of these symptoms then contact our reception team informing them of this and they will make an appropriate appointment for you.
At Clarendon House we are great believers in preventative medicine. Vaccination plays an important role here and of course prevention is always better than cure. Kennel cough requires a separate intranasal vaccination and can be given alongside your dog’s annual vaccination and health check. If your dog is going into a boarding kennels or another high risk environment such as a dog show then it is advisable that they receive this vaccination at least 3-4 weeks before there are to be exposed. The kennel cough vaccination requires an annual booster in order to maintain their immunity.
Becoming a member of our Healthy Pet Club will enable you to enjoy a wide range of benefits which includes all essential vaccinations including kennel cough. For full details of our Healthy Pet Club please visit www.thehealthypetclub.co.uk
If you would like to book your dog into the surgery for their kennel cough vaccination then please contact our reception team who will be happy to arrange this for you.