Yes, your dog has been vaccinated against kennel cough. However, did you realise that…
Kennel Cough (Bordatella& Para-Influenza) is actually a dog version of the human Cold & Flu. It is just as contagious and just as common and is most widespread during humid weather conditions.
It has a 10 -14 day period before symptoms show and signs of infection included a dry hacking cough, runny nose/eyes and sneezing. Although kennel cough can sound terrible, most of the time it is not a serious condition, and most dogs will recover without treatment. Most dogs with kennel cough recover completely within three weeks, though it can take up to six weeks in older dogs or those with other medical conditions.
We can control most situations in a boarding facility, however as this cold/flu is airborne for up to 5 kilometres, the minute your dog leaves your house he/she is at risk of picking it up; from a dog at the end of the block, at the park, or even off your shoes if you have walked through the street.
Funny, we can send men to the moon, however, as yet scientists have not been able to vaccinate effectively against the human cold& flu. Therefore it is unrealistic to expect that drug companies can produce an effective vaccine against Canine Cough.
BUT THERE IS GOOD NEWS!
- Although the kennel cough vaccine administered by your vet WILL NOT prevent your dog from catching this cold/flu, the C5 vaccination does reduce symptoms by up to 80%.
- Sometimes your dog may be quite hoarse after a visit to a boarding kennel, simply from all the excitement and barking. Please do not confuse this with kennel cough.
Should you have any concerns, take your dog to his/her regular veterinarian for a check up.