Modern Medicine, Old-Fashioned Care
Infectious Canine Hepatitis (Canine Adenovirus-1)
Feline Viral Rhinotracheitis (Feline Herpesvirus)
Feline Leukemia Virus
Vaccination Side Effects
Common Side Effects
Rare Side Effects
Feline Leukemia Virus
What is Canine Cough?
Canine Cough is found worldwide and will infect a high percentage of dogs during their lifetime. It can spread anywhere dogs come into contact with each other….the dog park, group training classes, the vet’s office, play time at a friend’s house, or even at a quality pet care facility. The price of socialization – which is essential to the well-being of your dog – is possible exposure to disease. A good doggy daycare or pet care facility will take all possible steps to minimize the spread of Canine Cough and other illnesses. Make sure the facility you select requires current vaccinations, including the Bordetella vaccine. Ask about cleaning protocols for areas in which dogs congregate, and for toys and leashes that are shared. Take a tour and make sure there is plenty of fresh air circulation and that employees are cleaning their hands frequently.
All pet care facilities, doggy daycares, grooming salons and veterinary hospitals deal with Canine Cough. Like humans with a cold, dogs can be contagious and spread the illness to others before showing any signs of being sick. This makes it very difficult for pet care professionals and pet parents to identify asymptomatic dogs with Canine Cough. If your dog shows symptoms of Canine Cough, such as sneezing, nasal discharge, or a deep cough, be sure to seek care from your veterinarian. For most dogs the illness lasts from seven to ten days and is often simply a nuisance. Treatment may involve antibiotics, a cough suppressant or TLC at home, depending on your dog’s symptoms.
If your dog develops a cough, it is important to keep him or her at home and away from other dogs for several days until all signs of illness are gone. The good news is that for otherwise healthy dogs with normal immune systems, regular exposure to other dogs may help to build immunity to several of the strains of Canine Cough.