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KENNEL COUGH

Beware, kennel cough is rearing its ugly head again! The correct title for this nasty condition is infectious tracheobronchitis, and it can be passed on anywhere, not just in kennels. 

The illness is not generally severe but can cause a honking cough which sounds as if your dog has something stuck in their throat. In some cases this becomes very persistent, and in young or older animals may cause bronchitis or other more serious illnesses. 

Fortunately we can vaccinate against the major causes (as several bugs can be involved). It is not only dogs going into kennels who should be done, as a short contact with an infected dog can cause infection. Common sources are training classes and dog shows, or country shows at this time of year. 

If you think your dog may be affected, please keep them away from other dogs, and contact the surgery.