Watch for Kennel Cough

Jan 18, 2013

Editor:

We have been notified of a confirmed case of kennel cough at the dog park.

Kennel cough is so named because the infection can spread quickly among dogs in the close quarters of a kennel or animal shelter.

Viral and bacterial causes of the canine cough are spread through airborne droplets produced by sneezing and coughing. Symptoms usually begin two to three days after exposure.

Symptoms can include a harsh, dry cough, retching, sneezing, snorting, gagging or vomiting in response to light pressing of the trachea or after excitement or exercise.

The presence of a fever varies from case to case.  The disease can last initially from 10–20 days and is treated by anti-biotic and cough suppressants.

Diagnosis is made by seeing these symptoms; having a history of exposure is also helpful, but not always found, as canine cough is easily spread through contact with contaminated surfaces, such as the ground, toys, and sidewalks.

Kennel Cough can easily travel through the family (editors' note - my puppy caught it last year, not at the dog park, and it spread to my 11 year old dog).  Prevention of kennel cough is greatly decreased by vaccination.

If your dog develops kennel cough, contact any dog shelter, boarding home that the dog may have visited or any of your friends that the dog has come in contact with as preventative measures should be taken.

 

Please, if you hear anything contact us or contact the City of Edmonds at Carrie Hite at carrie.hite@ci.edmonds.wa.us to let us know.

 

Have a great day!

Off Leash Area - Edmonds

 

p.s. Thank you Ted Wilkins for being our "winter water supplier"!

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