Kennel Cough Vaccinations
What is Kennel Cough (Tracheobronchitis) and how does it spread?
This disease affects the delicate lining of the airways leading to a harsh cough, which is distressing to both patient and owner.
The ‘kennel’ in kennel cough is a misleading name, as it implies that vaccinations only need to be given to pets that spend time in kennels. Unfortunately, this is not the case. Kennel cough spreads most quickly through direct dog to dog contact, such as in kennels, but also at dog shows or on walks in areas heavily populated with dogs.
However, just because your dog does not go to these areas does not mean they should not be vaccinated – kennel cough is a highly contagious complex of bacteria and viruses which is spread through infected air particles.
There does not need to be dog to dog direct contact to catch it – it can be spread if an infected dog sneezes, barks or coughs in the environment you walk through. So dogs can even be infected without leaving their own garden – by dogs passing by on their walks.
Vaccination – what does it involve?
Fortunately there’s a quick and easy way to avoid kennel cough.
Dogs can easily be vaccinated against kennel cough with a live vaccine which is squirted up their nose. This just takes a few seconds.
Please be aware
It is not recommended to immunise your dog against kennel cough if any member of your household is immunosuppressed.
If you would like to book your dog in to be vaccinated, please call us or visit our online booking system.