Bianca Clare | 16th March 2010
IF the wet weather and drop in temperature has you reaching for the cough syrup – you’re not alone.
Some of the pooches at Sippy Creek Animal Refuge have come down with a mild case of kennel cough.
During an infection, dogs generally keep up their normal activity level and don’t feel too sick.
However, SCARS volunteer Rosy Symons said while the four legged friends were recovering the centre had to shut its doors to the public.
“We have a responsibility to ensure kennel cough doesn’t spread,” she said.
“The dogs are safe and happy and because they have been vaccinated, they only have mild symptoms.
“In the meantime donations of sheets, towels, blankets and dry food, pasta and rice stocks would be greatly appreciated.”
Palmwoods Veterinary Clinic owner Brett Stone said dogs don’t need to be in kennels to contract kennel cough.
“It’s highly contagious and a sniff of another dog with the bug or a slurp out of its water bowl can be enough to pick it up,” he said.
“Symptoms can dry hacking and coughing, retching, sneezing and snorting.
“Antibiotics are given to treat any bacterial infection present.
“It’s not life threatening.”
Dr Stone said pet owners could vaccinate for kennel cough as early as four weeks of age.
Annual and sometimes bi-annual boosters are needed.
Kennel Cough is an infection of the upper respiratory tract which results in a resultant hacking cough, with production of a whitish phlegm.
The cough is often worse at night, and can be exacerbated by exercise, excitement, or pulling on the collar.
Uncomplicated kennel cough will usually resolve within one to three weeks.
As with the human flu – vaccination will not prevent infection, but the presence of antibodies in your dogs system will lessen the length and severity of the disease.
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