What is Kennel Cough and How Can I Protect My Dog?

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Socializing our dogs is a major part of healthy development - it's important we help them integrate into the world around us in a healthy, pawsitive way. Beginning with puppy socialization classes, to walking them in the community, and bringing them to their vet and grooming appointments, our dogs thrive on the opportunities we provide them to be out and about. 

Although exposing them to different things at a young age helps their healthy development (and reduces the likelihood of fearful behaviours later on), you might be missing out on an important vaccine. 

Bordetella bronchiseptica is a bacterium commonly associated with respiratory disease in dogs. It can also infect cats, rabbits and, in rare cases, humans. It is one of the more common bacterial causes of canine infectious tracheobronchitis, which is also sometimes called kennel cough - causing inflammatory respiratory illness of the trachea and airways.  Dogs that are exposed sometimes produce a “honking” sound when they cough.  It can be in combination with another viral infection or on its own.  Dogs transmit this bacterial through airway secretions and exposure can happen from social interactions with sniffing and licking or from contaminated objects in the environment that is shared with other dogs (such as dog bowls at the park).

If your pet does get exposed, treatment is usually not fatal but can cause more severe illness in puppies, senior pets and the immunocompromised. By protecting your pet with the vaccine, if exposure occurs to this bacteria your pet can mount a stronger immune response, decreasing the recovery time as well as decrease the severity of the symptoms.

To vaccinate your dog against kennel cough, we provide a nasal vaccine that goes into the nose and generates protection for your pet in 2-3 days after administration. Your puppy can have the vaccine as young as 8 weeks old.   

Protect your pet from kennel cough today and help keep your four legged friend happy and healthy!