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Once you’ve identified the symptoms for kennel cough you’ll need to take your dog to the vet as soon as possible for kennel cough treatment. Your dog is highly contagious while it has kennel cough.
Kennel cough treatment varies depending on whether the underlying cause is viral or bacterial. If it is due to a bacterial infection your vet will prescribe antibiotics for your dog. Although cough suppressants are available they are not suitable in all cases. If your dog is bringing up anything as a result of the cough it is unlikely that your vet will recommend a cough suppressant.
It is unlikely that your vet will recommend hospitalization for your dog as part of its kennel cough treatment. This is because the disease is highly contagious. Instead, it is usually up to the dog owner to look after the sick dog following their vet’s advice.
Kennel cough treatment usually means that the dog owner will need to do the following:
- Administer prescribed medication e.g. antibiotics;
- Administer herbal remedies provided by your vet;
- Provide good care by avoiding extremes of temperature, ventilation and humidity in your dog’s environment;
- Provide good nutrition and adequate water for your dog;
- Follow standard hygienic practices such as washing hands and disinfecting your dog’s environment while sick;
- Isolate your dog from other pets.
Your vet may make other recommendations for kennel cough treatment depending on the symptoms and severity. It is important to follow your vet’s advice and remain in contact with your vet should be symptoms change or continue beyond the expected time.
When you phone to make an appointment with your vet to get an accurate diagnosis and discuss kennel cough treatment, it is important to mention you suspect your dog has kennel cough. Your veterinarian practice will advise you how to attend the appointment. Some vets like you to wait for your appointment in a separate room away from other dogs. Other vets suggest you remain in the car with your dog until you are ready to be seen. Due to the highly contagious nature of kennel cough, most vets like to take some precaution against your dog coming into contact with other dogs waiting for appointments. Most dog owners are aware of kennel cough. Other dog owners often become quite agitated and even aggressive when your dog is within close range to their dog and they hear your dog cough. It is best to avoid this situation if at all possible.
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Kennel Cough Prevention
While it is possible to get your dog vaccinated for kennel cough, this is not a guarantee to prevent getting the disease. Although, dogs vaccinated against kennel cough tend to suffer for shorter periods of time and with less severity of symptoms.
The reason dogs still get sick, despite vaccination, is because the strain of the underlying virus causing kennel cough can mutate and infect your dog.
When there is a kennel cough outbreak at a dog park it is best to avoid the place for several weeks until you know the dogs there are healthy again. Since dogs are contagious for 2 to 3 days before they exhibit kennel cough symptoms it is good to know when to avoid the area. Speak to other dog owners as much as possible. Usually people begin to hear if other dogs are becoming sick. Your local vet will also be able to advise you whether there is a lot of kennel cough in your local area.