Wednesday, 4 November 2015

Tis the Season: Kennel Cough and How to Recognize it

What You Need To Know

Tis the season for the dreaded Kennel Cough. Similar to our common flu, dogs have the ability to catch the animal equivalent, which is Kennel Cough. Kennel Cough is a build up of multiple infections and is HIGHLY CONTAGIOUS. It is spread through sneezing and coughing into the air, then being breathed in by other dog's or through direct mouth contact. 

Below is an example of what Kennel Cough sounds like, including coughing and reverse sneezing. 

Here is a video discussing the causes, symptoms, remedies, and other helpful tips for detecting and preventing Kennel Cough. 

The good news is, Kennel Cough will usually go away on it's own without any medication or veterinary assistance. If the cough persists for longer than three(3) weeks to one(1) month or worsens at all over time, then contact your veterinarian as it could be advancing into pneumonia. 

Watch the two videos above and get familiar with the sounds of Kennel Cough, knowing the signs will help to prevent the spreading of the disease/virus, helping to keep your pet healthy and happy!

Tail Wags from the CompleteK9 team.  

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