Friendly advice: 😀
Not only do humans get colds more in the winter times but also colds in dogs appear quite often October time onwards. It always used to be two shows that dogs came home with dog colds. So what is Kennel cough? It is a dog cold in a nutshell.
Dogs catch Kennel cough from other infected dogs. If your dog catches it, then it will get better again over time.
Although their is a live vaccine available the chances of it being the right one is very minimal as their are hundreds of strains of Kennel cough in dogs. So often the vaccine is a waste of time giving. Also because its a live vaccine put up the nose of the animal it can transfer to other animals, so it is something a Silvestre dog would not ever have.
Signs of a dog cold:
For breeds which have no length of nose it can be fatal, especially in young puppies. I would consult a veterinary surgeon immediately if a Pug, or French bulldog had Kennel cough.
But for breeds which have longer noses it passes easier over time. Any concerns what so ever speak to your veterinary surgeon for advice. They will give phone consultations during lockdowns.
You can treat Your dog yourself, but if your dog seems lethargic then you must contact your vet asp. Honey is good for sore throats, dissolve a teaspoon in water. Their are holistic remedies available from your holistic vet. Such as herbs. Lots of people treat with human cough syrups to some success but make sure they do not contain drugs in which have any ill effects to dogs. Only recently I was told young puppies must not have honey. So older dogs only.
Keep your dog warm, in a crate is a good idea with blankets, and make sure the dog is drinking fluids. If your dog is not well you should not take them where other dogs are as it is contagious. Use common sense. The Kennel club used to say from the onset of Kennel cough we couldnt go to a show event for 21 days.
For dogs with immune problems then you need to keep a close eye on them as it can turn into pneumonia. So take each dog breed as a different case. Always speak to your vet first. Do not go on facebook and ask for advice. No one is legally able to give medical advice on your pet. This is why you must speak to your vet.
Dogs vaccinated with Kennel cough vaccine can shed the virus for 7 weeks after administration. So other dogs can catch Kennel cough from your vaccinated dog. I understand that day care facilities may require the Kennel cough vaccine, but it really is not something I would wish for my dog to have. Dogs will gain their own immunity from exposure.
If you have a baby puppy, do not let it mix with a dog that has just been vaccinated with kennel cough. Be cautious.
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Mrs Rachel Savage