Kennel Cough Is Very Contagious


sad, sick dog

Feel better soon, girl!

Our friend’s pup, Kooks has contracted kennel cough from a local dog park. Poor Kooks, we know how much she likes to play.

Unfortunately, this is a common illness due to the fact that kennel cough is a highly contagious form of bronchitis, that dogs can pick up easily from merely greeting another infected dog or drinking out of the same water bowl.

Once your dog is ill, kennel cough can last for up to three weeks.  If you don’t treat this condition seriously, the infection will worsen and possibly turn into pneumonia and/or lead to other complications.

It’s so hard to protect our pups, especially in the summer when they are out having fun in the sun. So, how do you best protect your dog from contracting kennel cough?  The ASPCA  says that the best way to prevent kennel cough is to not allow your dog to mix with other dogs. That’s a little hard to do in a big city like Chicago.  There are vaccinations available that may guard against some of the agents that are known to be involved in this respiratory bug including bordetella, adenovirus and parainfluenza.  Always ask your vet’s advice about the best treatment and course of action to protect or treat your pup.  Also, please remember that if your dog is already ill a vaccination is not going to help them.

The ASPCA also sites some tips for caring for your dog when they are ill:

  •  Isolate your dogs from other animals immediately
  •  A vet approved cough suppressant may help.
  •  Moisture from a humidifier or steam from your shower will soothe their cough
  •  Don’t expose your pet to cigarette smoke or other noxious fumes.

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