Information on the Kennel Cough Virus
Although the Bordetella Vaccine helps protect against 4 types of Kennel Cough virus, it DOES NOT protect against all of them. Whenever a dog, just like humans, are stressed, their immune system weakens and creates an opening for bacteria and viruses to enter the body. Since the body is in a weakened state, it cannot fight off these viruses and therefore the dog can get sick. Symptoms of Kennel Cough are a “hacking cough” that sounds a lot worse than it really is, nasal discharge, sneezing, goopy eyes and sometimes lethargy. Just like the common cold and bronchitis, antibiotics will only work if it is a bacterial infection and not viral. Most cases resolve on their own in 1-2 weeks without treatment. If symptoms persist for a longer period of time, please see a veterinarian for treatment.
FACTS ABOUT KENNEL COUGH
Kennel cough is highly contagious for up to 14 weeks after symptoms disappear (why it is impossible to prevent)
Symptoms occur in 3 to 5 days after exposure. Most affected are puppies and elderly dogs.
We pride ourselves on our cleanliness here at Jo Ann’s Furry Friends and have taken as many precautions as possible to prevent an outbreak of Kennel Cough such as cleaning and disinfecting every kennel run, food/water bowl (all stainless steel), bedding and toys. With that said, your dog is still at risk for coming into contact with the virus and developing the symptoms of Kennel Cough. It is impossible to completely prevent the spread of the virus, just like the common cold.
IF YOUR DOG HAS SYMPTOMS BEFORE BOARDING OR DEVELOPS SYMPTOMS OF KENNEL COUGH AFTER BOARDING, PLEASE CALL AND LET JO ANN KNOW SO WE CAN MAKE OTHER CUSTOMERS AWARE.
****ALL VACCINATIONS NEED TO BE GIVEN AT LEAST ONE WEEK BEFORE BOARDING. Pets receiving the Bordetella intranasal vaccine can actually shed the virus for up to 72 hours after receiving the vaccine. There for do not vaccinate pet immediately before boarding.
Please void taking your dog to the dog park within a week from boarding to reduce the risk of spreading Bordetella.
Thank you for your cooperation. Jo Ann’s Furry Friends goal is to keep ALL of our furry friends healthy and happy.
**I am not a veterinarian. This is information I have learned through research and personal experiences. Please refer to your veterinarian for information regarding your pet’s health.