Thursday, September 6, 2012

Kennel Cough

So we hit a bit of a snag yesterday with our plans to take Andy to day camp at Camp Bow Wow. When I called in the morning to arrange to take him in I was told by the owner of the facility that they had some cases of kennel cough in dogs that had recently boarded or been to day camp reported this week and were advising clients to stay away for a bit unless absolutely necessary. While this put a kink in our plans I appreciated his honesty and his concern for his canine clients, especially because he's taking a hit in his profits this week as a result. According to the ASPCA,
Kennel cough is a term loosely used to describe a complex of infections—both viral and bacterial—that causes inflammation of a dog’s voice box and windpipe. It’s a form of bronchitis and is similar to a chest cold in humans. Though it usually clears up on its own, kennel cough is highly contagious to other dogs.
The bordatella (kennel cough) vaccine is typically administered intranasally on an annual basis and is recommended for any dog that encounters groups situations, whether it be at a kennel, a dog park, or even visits to a pet supply store where they may encounter other dogs. All dogs at Camp Bow Wow are required to be vaccinated yet somehow an infected dog brought kennel cough to camp and infected other dogs. I don't know how many dogs have been affected but the owner of the facility said one was too many as far as he was concerned and he wants to nip the problem in the bud before it spreads any further. I hope all the sick pups recover fast. Andy had kennel cough when we first adopted him and it took a while for it to clear up. It was basically like a prolonged cold - lots of sneezing, coughing, and nasal discharge. Looking forward to day camp next week!

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