When you bring that soft, sweet-smelling little ball of puppy fuzz into your home, you know right away that she depends on you for, well, everything. It’s up to you to give her all the care she needs every day. It can be a little intimidating — she needs the best puppy food, plenty of attention, gentle training, safe toys, puppy socialization, a comfortable home, and proper veterinary care. And that includes puppy shots throughout her first year.
Did you know that canine infectious tracheobronchitis is a respiratory infection that can be caused by a number of bacteria and viruses, not just one? The signs and treatment are the same in the vast majority of cases, whichever bacteria or virus is the culprit, so usually these are all grouped together as one condition.
All of the viruses and bacteria that can cause kennel cough are airborne and highly infectious, and can be spread by being close to infected dogs, or sharing items such as toys or bowls. As you can imagine it’s very contagious, and easy to pick up wherever an infected dog is or has been! This means the name ‘kennel cough’ can be misleading as, although it can spread rapidly in situations with lots of dogs such as boarding kennels, any dog in contact with an infected dog can contract the illness.
Benefits of Kennel Cough Vaccine
Vaccination plays a vital role in protecting your dog from major canine infectious diseases. These include viral and bacterial diseases. All canine vaccines authorised for use in the UK have met strict quality, safety and effectiveness standards. All pets are given a full health check at the time of vaccination as only a healthy dog should be vaccinated so a health check is needed prior to vaccination. Usually, a veterinary surgeon will administer the vaccination. Where two injections are needed, a qualified Veterinary Nurse can administer the second vaccination.
Features of Kennel Cough Vaccine
The main sign of infectious tracheobronchitis is a forceful hacking cough, which may sound like retching, or trying to clear something stuck in the throat. This cough can last for many weeks! Infectious tracheobronchitis may go away on its own if your dog’s immune system is able to fight off the condition, but some dogs need prescription medication to help them recover. It is best to get your dog checked out by your vet at the first signs of coughing as not only will they be posing an infection risk to other dogs, but the longer the condition persists, the higher the chance of more serious complications, such as pneumonia. Please let your vet know when you book your appointment that you are worried about kennel cough, as they will most likely ask you to wait outside before being seen. There are also other, more serious causes of coughing, so any coughing dog should be checked over.
Going to the vet repeatedly over several months for vaccinations, and then for boosters or titers throughout your dog’s life, may seem like an inconvenience, but the diseases that vaccinations will shield our pets from are dangerous, potentially deadly, and, thankfully, mostly preventable. We read about so many different vaccinations, for so many different illnesses, that it can sometimes be confusing to know which vaccinations puppies need and which ones are important but optional. Here is an overview of the diseases that vaccinations will help your pet to avoid.
Prices of Kennel Cough Vaccine
$87.00 – $150.00