Many pet care facilities struggle to overcome the public relations issue of a disease in dogs called tracheobronchitis, commonly referred to as “kennel cough.” There are many misconceptions about kennel cough which often steer people away from dog boarding at these facilities. However, as a dog owner, you should be aware of some of the facts and myths about this disease.
What Is “Kennel Cough?”
Infectious tracheobronchitis is a highly contagious, upper-respiratory disease that’s spread by any one of three infectious agents. While it’s most often passed through the air, it can also transmit on hands or clothing. The incubation period of the disease is roughly three to ten days and an infected pet may be contagious for three weeks after showing the first signs of illness.
The main symptom is a hacking cough, but there are many other potential symptoms, including:
- Nasal discharge
- Secondary infections
- Weakened immune system
Does Tracheobronchitis Occur Only in Pet Care Facilities?
Since these viruses can be present anywhere and can travel considerable distances through the air, they can affect any dog, even one that never leaves its own backyard. However, tracheobronchitis is more likely to occur when the concentration of dogs is greater such as at dog shows, kennels, dog daycares, veterinarian offices, and hospitals, as well as pet shops. Also, dogs may contract tracheobronchitis while running loose, walking near other dogs, or playing in the park.
However, aren’t the chances of catching it greater when a dog is in a boarding kennel or daycare?
Yes, because, in any pet care facility, a dog encounters two conditions that don’t usually exist at home: proximity to a number of potentially contagious dogs and the stress and excitement of a less familiar environment, which can result in lower resistance to disease. However, the more frequently a dog visits a pet care facility, the greater are the chances that it will acquire immunity to the disease.
Vaccines are a routine part of an adult dog’s yearly checkup. Although some veterinary practices don’t use the kennel cough vaccination routinely, it should be considered for pets that board, visit a daycare frequently, or for those whose veterinarian recommends it.
Cure for Kennel Cough
Just as in the case of the common cold, there’s no cure for tracheobronchitis, instead it must run its course. However, any animal displaying signs of the illness should see a veterinarian as soon as possible. Often, the dog will receive antibiotics to prevent secondary infection, and sometimes they’ll receive cough suppressants to reduce excessive coughing. These medications don’t target the illness itself, but rather lessen the severity of its symptoms.
Boarding at Cozy Canine Camp
To prevent the spread of kennel cough, a good pet services facility can recommend immunization against tracheobronchitis, refuse to admit an obviously sick dog, follow responsible cleaning and sanitation practices, listen and watch for any signs of sickness, and make sure that any dog requiring veterinary attention receives it as quickly as possible.
You have a right to expect a pet care facility to provide the best possible care for your dog, so take your pet to a dog boarding facility with the highest standard of canine health and happiness. At Cozy Canine Camp in Crownsville, Maryland, we offer pets a comfortable and individualized experience. Call us today at 410-923-2010 for more information about our array of services.