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As of July 12th 2022 we have received a couple of reports of dogs that have been to daycare that sounds like suspected kennel cough. If we notice any dog coughing we will remove them from our pens immediately and they will be isolated until they are picked up.
We will update this page when we think it has cleared.
If you notice your dog(s) Coughing, Hacking, Honking, please DO NOT bring them to daycare/boarding as we will not accept them.
Unfortunately with Kennel Cough, it can incubate up to 14 days and not show any symptoms until then.
Please note some measures that will be in effect for the next 2 weeks and will be reviewed after that.
- We will still accept daycares/boarding as long as you are aware there is a risk associated with them being here.
- As of today, we will not be accepting any dogs who regularly attend other kennels as well as ours, ie. Dogs that attend here and another kennel and alternate between the two. This applies to Doggy Daycare and Boarding. This is so we do not spread it around.
- We will immediately dismiss any dog that comes in with any of the symptoms until they are clear to come back.
Please note that we only do this to try and limit the spread of Kennel Cough.
WHAT SHOULD I DO IF MY DOG GETS KENNEL COUGH?
- DO NOT PANIC! It can sound a LOT worse than it actually is.
- In most cases it will resolve itself in 3 weeks but if you are concerned, please contact your vet.
- A good raw honey can help alleviate the symptoms of kennel cough. That and coconut oil are even stronger.
WHAT CAN I DO TO HELP?
If your dog(s) have kennel cough, DO NOT bring them around other dogs until they are no longer contagious. This includes, Daycare and Boarding facilities, Dog Shops, Groomers, Dog Parks or anywhere were there are dogs.
WHAT IS KENNEL COUGH?
In it's simplest form, Kennel Cough is a common cold in dogs. Just like you and I can pick up a cold being near somebody who is infected, dogs pick up Kennel Cough in the same way.
Kennel cough itself can have multiple causes. One of the most common culprits is a bacterium called Bordetella bronchiseptica m-- which is why kennel cough is often called Bordetella. Most dogs that become infected with Bordetella are infected with a virus at the same time. These viruses, which are known to make dogs more susceptible to contracting Bordetella infection, include canine adenovirus, canine distemper virus, canine herpes virus, parainfluenza virus and canine reovirus.
WHAT ARE THE SYMPTOMS OF KENNEL COUGH?
The classic symptoms of Kennel Cough is a persistent Honking, Hacking sound. Other symptoms may include, runny eyes or nose, lethargy and loss of appetite.
HOW CAN MY DOG GET IT?
Dogs "catch" kennel cough when they inhale bacteria or virus particles into their respiratory tract. They can catch it by meeting other dogs in kennels, on walks, in dog parks or anywhere there are other dogs.
WHAT SHOULD I DO IF I SUSPECT MY DOG HAS KENNEL COUGH?
Although Kennel Cough will normally resolve itself in three weeks, the first thing you should do is contact your veterinarian and speak to them. They may not do anything unless they feel it is severe in which case they may administer anti-biotics.
"Most dogs with kennel cough recover completely within three weeks, though it can take up to six weeks in older dogs or those with other medical conditions. Because serious, ongoing kennel cough infection can lead to pneumonia, be sure to follow up with your veterinarian if your dog doesn't improve within the expected amount of time. Also, if your dog at any time has symptoms of rapid breathing, not eating, or listlessness, contact your vet right away, as these could be signs of more serious conditions."