Kennel Cough 101.
Kennel Cough (or Canine Tracheobronchitis) is a seasonal virus, akin to the human ‘flu, and is currently active in the dog population in Luxembourg and the surrounding areas. We at Martha & Friends have been approached with plenty of questions about this infection, and have recently turned away from our day care unit several dogs with symptoms. Other owners have called in saying that their dogs are not well. Having consulted several veterinarians we are sending our friends a brief on everything you may need to know about Kennel Cough as well as letting you know how we, here at Martha’s, are dealing with it.
What is Kennel Cough: Kennel Cough is an infectious bronchitis in dogs which is similar to respiratory infections in humans and it can be caused by several different viruses and bacterias. Luckily there is a kennel cough vaccine (annual) that can help prevent your dog from catching this infection, but it does not protect against every virus and bacteria so even if your dog is vaccinated, they may still get a cough. However, studies have shown that vaccinated dogs who do get Kennel Cough get a milder version. We at Martha & Friends do require all Daycare dogs to be vaccinated against Kennel Cough and to have annual boosters.