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Kennel Cough

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Kennel cough is actually a term that we use to describe a hacking cough that can be so harsh as to phlegm. Kennel cough is caused by bacteria, viruses and other microscopic organisms. It is highly contagious between dogs and can take as short as 2 days and as long as 14 days to show signs.

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Any dog that breathes the same air as a dog with kennel cough has a chance of contracting it. Even dogs that play at dog parks are susceptible.

The following are the known agents that can cause kennel cough:

• Bordetella Bronchiseptica (bacteria)
• Parainfluenza virus
• Adenovirus type 2
• Canine distemper virus
• Canine influenza virus
• Canine herpesvirus (very young puppies)
• Mycoplasma canis (a single-cell organism that is neither virus nor bacterium)
• Canine reovirus

There are vaccines for only Bordetella Bronchiseptica, parainfluenza, adenovirus, distemper and influenza (H3N8 strain only). The “DHPP” that puppies and adult dogs are vaccinated for contains the distemper, adenovirus and parainfluenza vaccines.

Bordetella, or sometimes referred to as “kennel cough”, vaccine is given orally, intranasally or by injection. It is best given 4-7 days before exposure and lessens the severity when appropriately given. Dogs that are vaccinated the day they arrive at a kennel situation, therefore, do not receive the same protection as those that were vaccinated before arrival.

What do we do at Cypress Creek Pet Care to prevent your dog from contracting this family of coughing agents?

• We require vaccines for distemper, adenovirus, parainfluenza and Bordetella.
• We separate all dogs that start coughing from the other dogs.
• We regularly bleach all the kennel wards, every surface, to kill any agents. In between bleaching, all kennels are cleaned daily while a pet stays with us.
• Our staff washes their hands between every pet. Leashes, bowls, and all blankets/towels are washed and disinfected daily.
• Dogs are walked independently and individually outside so as not to spread diseases by direct contact.
• When an outbreak in Cedar Park occurs, we test a random set of patients to assess which agent is responsible for the outbreak so we can target treatment and prevention.

The recent outbreak in our area in July 2015, however, has no known agent on the DNA tests that have been done. . Please let us know if your pet has contracted a cough so that Cypress Creek Pet Care can continue its diligence.


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