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Kennel Cough

Kennel Cough

Kennel Cough is doing the rounds in the local area, so please look out for signs and symptoms in your dogs.

What is Kennel Cough?

Kennel Cough is a highly contagious respiratory disease in dogs. It can spread from one dog to another through airborne droplets, direct contact, or contaminated surfaces.

Kennel Cough
Sadly wearing a face mask isn’t an option for most dogs!

Signs and Symptoms

If your dog has kennel cough, you may notice one or more of the following symptoms:

  • a strong cough, often with a “honking” sound
  • runny nose
  • sneezing
  • lethargy
  • loss of appetite
  • low fever

Care and Treatment

You can treat mild cases at home. More severe cases may need a course of antibiotics and cough medication to ease the symptoms.

Other illnesses have similar symptoms, so it’s a good idea to have your dog checked by your vet,. Tell your vet that your dog has been coughing and they will put measures in place to isolate your dog.

To best care for an infected dog, give them plenty of rest and TLC – exercise can make a cough worse. Keep your dog warm, comfortable, and allow them to rest as much as they need.

Some dogs can benefit from sitting in a steamy room. (Perhaps joining you in the bathroom while you have a shower or bath). A tablespoon of honey in a little water, two to three times a day may help to sooth the irritation

Kennel Cough is highly contagious, so you should keep your dog isolated for around two weeks. If you have a household with multiple dogs and one becomes infected, it is likely that all dogs will become infected.

To protect your dogs, we clean our home and our crates with a pet friendly DEFRA approved disinfectant between dogs.

Unfortunately, we are unable to walk or board any dog with symptoms of kennel cough.

For more information visit the Blue Cross here

If you need to get in touch to discuss upcoming walks or boarding, you can contact us here

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