Kennel Cough – What is it and how to prevent it? Dog Boarding in Vancouver

Our pets are part of our family, and we want them to be comfortable and remain healthy. When you are away, you want to know that your children will be well cared for, or if they are in a new environment, are protected from preventable diseases. You want that same care for your other child, your dog.

Birch Bark Kennels in Aldergrove provides deluxe boarding kennels for your dogs and other pets. Our services include airport pet transportation from Vancouver International Airport, indoor and outdoor boarding kennels for dogs, all-breed boarding for your other pets, and most importantly, quality care for all of our guests.

A common concern amongst "pet parents" when kennelling is the risk of "catching something" while there. That something is properly known as Infectious Tracheobronchitis caused by a bacterium called Bordetella bronchiseptica m - which is why Kennel Cough is often called Bordetella.

Kennel Cough is a social disease in that it is only spread by very close contact. When the dog coughs the bug is expelled in droplets and will immediately die unless inhaled by another dog. Common factors include exposure to crowded and/or poorly ventilated conditions; cold temperatures; exposure to dust or cigarette smoke; and travel-induced stress.

Accordingly, a dog can only pick up the infection when it shares common air space with an infected dog. This is one of the reasons that the illness has adopted the term "kennel cough".

Once your dog has been exposed to the infection, it will generally take five to seven days before the signs of the disease are seen. Kennel cough usually causes a dry, hacking cough, runny nose, and sometimes sneezing. Depending on its severity, the signs of kennel cough can last from a few days to several weeks. However, your dog can remain infectious for up to three months.

To prevent the spread of this highly contagious disease in dogs, reputable kennel like Birch Bark Kennels will require Bordetella (kennel cough) vaccinations for your pets to utilize our boarding facilities. Similarly, we will require vaccinations for Distemper (DHLP3A2) & Parvovirus, and we recommend that your pets also receive Coronavirus, Rabies, and Lyme disease shots. For out of province and international pets, we will also request heart worm pills and a health certificate.

There are three forms of vaccine for kennel cough: one that is injected, one that is delivered as a nasal mist, and one that can be given by mouth. The kennel cough vaccination needs to be administered by your vet at least 7-10 days prior to going into kennel and lasts from six months to a year, and will need to be repeated if another visit to the kennels is planned after that.

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If you have any questions about kenneling or any of our other services, contact Birch Bark Kennels in the Aldergrove and Vancouver areas at 604-856-4321 or 604-857-BARK (2275) today.

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