Should I vaccinate my dog against kennel cough?

imagesOur kennels insist that all dogs are vaccinated against kennel cough at least 3 weeks before boarding. Many people assume their dog will not be susceptible to the virus if they are not frequenting kennels. Dogs are just as likely to catch the cough when walking through a park. Traces of the virus are found right through the parks and walkways where other dogs have coughed and sneezed.

Vaccinated animals will nearly always recover without the need of veterinary treatment. They shouldn’t, in theory develop kennel cough but if they do then the symptoms will be much less apparent. Their cough should be less raspy and should subside within a week.

Thirty years ago when my father had kennels there was no such vaccination available. Just like now, every couple of years a dog would come into the kennels with the virus. Within two weeks almost every dogs would be coughing up phlegm. Now the vaccine is available and necessary for boarding dogs here the problem is much easier to contain and a much less of a problem for the dogs that do catch it.

If you are not sure if your dag has the vaccination, don’t hesitate to ask your vet – different drug companies use different ways of recording their vaccines so it is not always obvious when checking your vaccination card.

I would always vaccinate my dogs, regardless of whether or not they are going to kennels.

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