Canine Bordetella / Kennel Cough

Here at Dawg House, we require that all dawgs be vaccinated for Bordetella. Bordetella, also known as Kennel Cough, is much like the human common cold.

Being vaccinated does not guarantee that your dawg will be completely immune – there are new strains developing all the time – but keeping up to date with vaccinations is the best preventative measure.

Because Bordetella is an airborne virus, it is easily passed between dawgs that are playing together in parks or at daycare. Just like kids at school, they tend to share these things.

When a member of our pack picks up Bordatella, we ask for that dawg to stay home until the symptoms have cleared up and the vet has given the all-clear for socialization. If your dawg is exhibiting Bordetella-like symptoms, the best thing to do is to keep them from daycare until they can get checked out at the Vet.

That said, it should be understood that Bordetella is highly treatable and not too scary at all, so long as we are good owners and pay attention to our dawgs’ health and keep their vaccinations up to date.

Here’s a good description from www.petmd.com :

Kennel cough, the common name that is given to infectious canine tracheobronchitis is a very highly contagious respiratory disease among dogs. As the name of the disease suggests, it is typified by inflammation of the trachea and bronchi. This disease is found throughout the world and is known to infect a very high percentage of dogs at least once during their lifetime. It is also medically referred to as tracheobronchitis and Bordetella.

Common symptoms include:

  • Dry hacking cough that sounds like honking or gagging
  • Retching
  • Watery nasal discharge

Kennel Cough is NOT the same as Canine Influenza. Once you realize that your dawg is developing a dry, hacking cough, you should take them to the Vet right away to determine which they may have contracted. You should also keep them out of daycare and away from other dawgs until a diagnosis and treatment is provided by your vet.

Here are some additional references:

http://www.avma.org/public_health/influenza/canine_guidelines.asp

http://www.vetinfo.com/canine-bordetella-explained.html

http://www.vetinfo.com/canine-bordetella-symptoms.html

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