What is "Canine Cough?"
Bordetella, also known as "Canine cough" or infectious tranchebronchitis,
is a highly contagious, upper-respitory disease which is spread by an airborne
virus. The incubation period of the disease is roughly 3-7 days. The main symptom
is a gagging cough, sometimes accompanied by sneezing and nasal discharge, which
can last a few days to several weeks. Although the coughing is very annoying,
it does not usually develop into anything more serious. However, just with a
common cold, it can lower the dog's resistance to other disease making him susceptible
to secondary infections, and so he must be observed closely to avoid complications.
A cough can be transmitted even if a pet is vaccinated. Like children passing
a cold around a classroom, canine cough is a risk anywhere dogs come in contact
with each other.
How is it cured?
Just as in the case of the common cold, tranchebronchitis is not "cured" but
must run its course over a few weeks. Many times antibiotics will be prescribed
to prevent secondary infection, and sometimes cough suppressants will be prescribed
to reduce excessive coughing, but these medications do not attract the disease
Where can Canine Cough be contracted?
Since airborne viruses can be present anywhere, and can travel for considerable
distances through the air, they can affect any dog... even one that never
leaves its own back yard. But without proper vaccinations, "canine cough" is
more likely in areas with high concentrations of dogs, like, vets, dog shows,
dog parks, boarding facilities, etc.
Can my dog be vaccinated to
help protect against "Canine Cough?"
Yes. A vaccine against Bordetella is required once per year and recommended
every six months for pets that are regularly around other pets. Often, Bordetella
vaccinations are not part of a regular schedule of inoculations. Therefore,
it is important to request that your dog receive it if you are planning to
visit the Little River Pet Resort. It is also important to note that vaccines
used to prevent this viral disease are made of one strain of over 100 different
strains of the virus and therefore are not as effective against some strains
as others. Some strains are not included in any vaccine, therefore, there is
no protection against them. The risk of developing a reaction to the vaccine
is greatest in the 14 days to 48 hours immediately after receiving the Bordetella
vaccine. Therefore, the Little River Pet Resort requires that the vaccine be
administered at least 7 days prior to check in.
How does the Resort try to prevent
Unfortunately, no amount of supervision, sanitation, or personalized care can
prevent a dog from "catching" an airborne virus. The Little River Pet Resort,
however, does take all possible steps to reduce the risk by requiring immunization
for any pet visiting our facility, refusing to board any obviously sick dog,
keeping the facility clean and highly sanitary at all times, listening and
watching for any signs of sickness, and making sure that any dog requiring
veterinary attention receives it as quickly as possible.