Important information about Canine Cough
Canine Cough (Boardatella bronchiseptica):
Canine cough is not inclusive to dogs, it can be transmitted between many different animal types. While vaccinations help to prevent and/or minimise the severity of the virus, they are not 100% effective and dogs can catch canine cough whenever they inhale the relevant bacteria or virus particles into their respiratory tracts. This can occur at any time including at a dog park, going for a walk, and interacting with other animals (not only dogs). While every precaution is taken to prevent canine cough in the boarding kennel facility, not unlike children catching a cold at school, dogs can catch canine cough if they come into contact with a carrier.
Canine Cough is initiated with a viral (parainfluenza) infection and damage to the mucus membranes of the upper respiratory track, which is then followed with a bacteria phase with Boardatella. At this stage the effects can be mucus pooling and a coughing and retching action. Vaccines are fairly effective against this disease. The standard vaccines contains both a viral and bacterial component to protect against both stages of the cough. Due to the ability of the parainfluenza virus’ to mutate it is hard to produce vaccines that work against all strains.
In most cases, canine cough is not a serious condition and most pets are able to recover without receiving any specific treatment. Veterinary treatment and antibiotics are typically required in situations where the dog develops a secondary bacterial infection (e.g. pneumonia) that can occasionally develop as a result of the initial viral infection.
Importantly, canine cough can have a lengthy incubation period (up to two weeks), and dogs can be carriers without exhibiting any symptoms. Accordingly, it is possible to have a dog carrying/transmitting the virus without showing any signs of infection itself, and it is also possible for dogs to pick up the virus and be sent home whilst the virus is still in the incubation stage, only for the dog to start showing symptoms the day after it arrives home (or potentially many days later). Please note that we will always tell owners if we are aware that their dog is infected or has been exposed to the virus.
Fortunately, incidents of canine cough in the kennels are very rare, but if your pet does exhibit any symptoms consistent with canine cough shortly after their stay, please contact us and let us know, so that we can implement our procedures which enable us to quarantine off any animals that were in close contact with your pet and minimise the risk of further transmission of the virus.
Some of the more well-known or popular brachycephalic breeds include:
This breed of dog can have breathing health related issues and are also very prone to problems during heat and excitability. To that end, we ensure our facility is climate controlled year round so our guest are warm in the winter and cool in the summer. These breeds are generally walked and enjoy playtime in the early morning and late afternoon during summer time so that they don’t suffer from the heat.
Midtown Pet Centre understand that these breeds have special needs and takes all measures to ensure their health and well-being, however they can be prone to life threatening issues in a very sudden and short amount of time.
Many airlines have strong travel guidelines and restrictions in place with Brachycephalic dogs and cats because of the delicate upper respiratory tract anatomical anomalies.
We advise that veterinary check ups should be considered prior to boarding and consideration by the owner during warmer months to ensure optimum pet health.
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