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How to dodge kennel cough

photo of dog on a brown leather couch under blanket looking sick and exhausted | Whitworth Animal ClinicKennel cough is a common respiratory disease that can easily spread from one dog to the next. Although most dogs recover from kennel cough in a week or so, complications can also arise from this widespread infection. Pneumonia is by far one of the most dangerous ailments that can stem from kennel cough. You must take the necessary steps to keep your pet safe.

How to Protect Against Kennel Cough

If your dog is frequently around other dogs, the risk of him or her getting kennel cough increases dramatically. Dog parks, grooming salons, and training facilities are all places where kennel cough tends to circulate. The close interaction can expose even the healthiest of dogs to the disease. Sharing toys and water bowls can definitely transfer kennel cough. American Humane reveals that puppies and young adult dogs are especially at risk.

To give your dog an extra layer of protection against kennel cough, the best approach is to get all of the necessary vaccines. According to Charles D. Whitworth, DVM, the Bordetella bronchiseptica vaccine is highly recommended. It has been proven to lessen the effects of kennel cough. Before taking your dog to a facility, make sure that it requires pets to receive both the distemper vaccine and the bordetella vaccine. The extra peace of mind is well worth it.

What Happens if Your Dog Catches Kennel Cough?

Unfortunately, this disease is not fully preventable. Even if you are extremely cautious, kennel cough still remains a threat. A deep, hacking cough is one of the tell-tale signs that your dog is infected. Whitworth Animal Clinic urges you to get your pet examined as soon as possible. By quickly taking action, you can help prevent the seriousness of the disease. Blood work and chest X-rays will enable Charles D. Whitworth, DVM to rule out any underlying conditions such as pneumonia. While recovering from kennel cough, your dog needs to remain somewhat isolated from other dogs. Remember, it is an extremely contagious disease that spreads quickly.

If you live in Madison or the surrounding areas of North Alabama, be sure to contact Whitworth Animal Clinic. Charles D. Whitworth, DVM and the rest of the staff take great pride in caring for pets. Not only does this facility provide vaccines, but it also offers other important services such as veterinary surgery and microchipping. Don’t hesitate to set up an appointment for your pet.

This article does not take the place of professional veterinarian advice. Please call Whitworth Animal Clinic or a vet practice in your area if you have any questions.

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