Kennel cough is a very nasty infectious disease – and it can spread extremely fast through dogs in Andover and further afield if owners don’t take the right precautions.
Fortunately, there’s a kennel cough vaccine which is quick to administer. So if you’ve got a new dog, or think it’s been over a year since your pet’s last vaccination, give us a call and we’ll get you booked in.
Kennel cough symptoms and how it spreads
Kennel cough is a highly contagious respiratory illness which causes a dramatic cough. It’s distressing for both owner and dog, as it sounds as though the dog is choking and can result in vomiting of white froth and food.
Dogs that are very young, old or have other medical conditions can be severely affected and even develop pneumonia, which is potentially fatal. But for any dog it’s an unpleasant and dangerous experience.
Kennel cough is named for how easily it spreads in boarding kennels, but is just as likely to be transmitted in a local park or anywhere that your dog comes into contact with others. You can’t control the health of other pets, so it’s important to make sure that your dog is protected.
How Strathmore Veterinary Clinic prevents kennel cough
We administer an annual vaccine, which is safe enough for dogs as young as three weeks old. It attacks the mixture of bacteria and viruses that cause kennel cough.
To save you visiting twice, we can do your dog’s other routine vaccinations at the same time, which also gives you the peace of mind that your dog is fully protected.
The ideal times for vaccinations are:
- Springtime – as you and your dog are likely to be getting out and about more in warmer weather.
- At least three weeks before a kennel stay – to make sure the kennel cough vaccine has time to become effective.
If your dog has shown any of the symptoms described above or is due to come into close contact with other dogs at training classes, dog shows or even staying with a dogsitter, it’s extremely important to make sure all their vaccinations are up to date.
If you call us on 01264 352323, we’ll be happy to check our records or arrange a first-time appointment. We can also offer advice if you have any questions or concerns about vaccinations.