What You Need To Know About Kennel Cough in Lafayette, Louisiana
As with people in the winter time, the summer time can be a season for viruses in pets. Already this year we’ve treated pets in our Pet Hospital with very unpleasant symptoms resembling what’s known as “kennel cough.”
Contrary to what the name suggests this is not just a disease we see when dogs have been into kennels. In fact, dogs are at risk wherever they can meet or come close to other dogs i.e. grooming, passing dogs on the street or visiting friends with dogs. A better name for “kennel cough” is Canine Infectious Respiratory Disease. The main symptom we see is a harsh dry cough. But we’ve also seen more “cold-like” symptoms like a runny nose and conjunctivitis. This disease is manageable rather than treatable and can last for up to 2 weeks. Dogs are contagious whilst coughing so should be kept home and away from other dogs during these two weeks.
If you’re preparing to board and notice these symptoms in your dog, please communicate with us ASAP before boarding. Within our facility we take all precautions possible to minimize the risk of these infectious diseases to your pet while they’re in our care. This includes not accepting symptomatic dogs or dogs undergoing treatment for any infectious respiratory diseases into our care. We also require the Bordetella vaccines and recommend the Canine Influenza vaccines for boarding here at Lafayette Veterinary Care Center. Our best recommendation is to vaccinate for Bordetella every six months.
Preparing to visit our Pet Resort soon? Call us with questions or click here to download our app and check your pet’s vaccination status to ensure they’re up to date!