Whenever your dog spends time in close contact with other dogs in places such as dog parks, in training, a dog show, or at a boarding or a daycare facility, they run the risk of contracting kennel cough. It is also known as canine infectious tracheobronchitis which is a highly contagious disease that affects the respiratory system. It can be spread easily through the air, when dogs touched their noses together, and even through food and water bowls. It can be easily treated in almost all dogs, but in younger dogs are less than six months or dogs whose immune systems are already compromised, the symptoms of the illness can be far more severe.
Symptoms of Kennel Cough
Some of the symptoms you may notice include:
* The most obvious is a cough that sounds like a honk,
* A nose that is running,
* A general lack of interest,
* Decrease in appetite, and/or
* A low-grade fever.
Keep in mind though it is always important to tell your veterinarian at an animal hospital in Harwood Heights about any cough since that could be a sign of many serious diseases.
How can Kennel Cough Be Prevented?
There is a vaccine available to combat the Bordetella virus, which is a major cause of kennel cough. If your dog is frequently exposed to other large groups of dogs, then the vaccine is definitely a plus and many boarding and daycare facilities require proof of vaccination. The vaccine is available in multiple forms including oral, nasal, and injection. Depending on which form you choose, it is typically given in two doses between two and four weeks apart, followed by boosters every six months or yearly. Are you looking for an animal hospital in Harwood Heights? Portage Park Animal Hospital and Dental Clinic can meet all your dog’s needs and provides convenient parking as well.