Kennel Cough is now more correctly referred to as Infectious Bronchitis. This is a disease of dogs and very rarely cats. It is highly contagious and commonly causes laryngitis(sore throat), tracheitis (inflamed wind pipe) and bronchitis(the small passages in the lungs become inflamed).
It is characterised by a harsh, persistent cough, often so violent that the dog retches, bringing up frothy fluids. In general it is not life threatening, but more severe disease can be seen in young puppies and dogs with bad hearts where secondary pneumonia may set in. It is very annoying both to the dog and the owner and uncomfortable for the dog.
In spite of its name, Kennel Cough is no longer confined to kennels; any dog can catch it at any time. It is, however, most common in areas where lots of dogs are gathered together – kennels, shows and popular dog walking places.
Unfortunately, Kennel Cough can be caused by any one or a combination of several viruses, bacteria and mycoplasmas. Our Kennel Cough vaccine protects against Bordetella bronchiseptica and canine parainfluenza virus and helps to reduce the severity of any infection.
This vaccination is not done routinely but rather on request, it is a requirement by some boarding kennels and needs to be given at least 5 days before kennelling but ideally 3 weeks beforehand. Boosters can be given annually. If you combine your Kennel Cough vaccination with your other annual vaccinations then you will receive a discount.