Kennel Cough: Should I really be worried?
You have probably heard about Kennel Cough but it seems that many people aren’t really sure what exactly it is and what the dangers are. If you are in that category, keep reading to learn more about Kennel Cough and how to help your pet if he contracts it.
Kennel Cough causes the dog’s windpipe and voice box to become inflamed. This is a result of a viral and bacterial infection. Kennel cough is a highly contagious illness. If your dog spends any time in an environment that consists of other animals, he is at a higher risk of contracting Kennel Cough– groomers, kennels, boarding facilities, day care facilities, even dog parks. That being said, it is not usually life threatening if treated promptly. If it not treated at the get-go, it can lead to serious ramifications in your pet, such as pneumonia.
How is Kennel Cough spread?
– The simple act of one dog touching another can cause contamination.
– If one dog drinks or eats from a food dish or water bowl that an infected dog has used.
– Kennel Cough is an Airborne illness. This is especially common in areas where there is not adequate ventilation.
Symptoms of Kennel Cough:
– Dry Cough
– Any change in eating habits
If your dog contracts kennel cough, the treatment is fairly simple and straightforward. Your vet will work closely with you to set up a plan of action for treatment. Ordinarily, Kennel Cough will linger for about three weeks. If your dog is a puppy or elderly, you can expect him to fight Kennel Cough for up to six weeks.
– Keep your dog isolated. Exposing him to other animals is irresponsible and puts him and other pets at further risk.
– If you have a humidifier, turn it on in your dog’s environment. Just like when you have a chest cold, a humidifier or vaporizer can help clear the breathing passages.
– Inquire with your vet about a cough suppressant as your fur baby will no doubt be plagued with a hacking, cry cough.
– Alleviate any and all pressure on your dog’s already vulnerable windpipes.
– Nutrition is key. Be sure your pet is on a high quality diet and is receiving supplements to help boost his immune system. Vitamin C is great!
– Be patient. Give your dog lots of extra hugs and kisses. If you have children in the home, be sure that they understand that Mr. Puppy will need plenty of rest and down time.
As your dog is recovering from Kennel Cough, keep in close contact with your vet and keep all scheduled appointments. Even if your dog seems better, stay the course as far as his treatment plan goes to ensure a full recovery.
To eliminate your dog’s risk of contracting an illness from other canines, why not let us care for him in his own home?