‘Kennel cough’ going around Woodbridge
Tabitha gets some tender loving care from her owner, Darla
Knight, right, and her goddaughter, Raegan Trull, at Knight's
Woodbridge home on Tuesday, Dec. 20, 2011.
- Kennel cough at a glance
Description: A complex of viral and bacterial
infections that causes inflammation of a dog’s voice box and
windpipe. It’s a form of bronchitis and is similar to a chest cold
in humans. Though it usually clears up on its own, kennel cough is
highly contagious to other dogs.
General symptoms: A persistent dry cough with a
“honking” sound is the main clue your dog’s caught kennel cough. In
most cases, the dog will appear healthy except for the cough. The
appetite and activity level usually won’t change, but don’t be
alarmed if the dog gags and coughs up a white, foamy phlegm. Some
dogs may also develop a fever and nasal discharge.
What dog owners should do: Isolate the dog from
all other dogs and call your veterinarian.
How dogs catch it: It can spread through
aerosols in the air, directly from dog to dog or through germs on
contaminated objects. Kennel cough is often spread in enclosed
areas with poor air circulation, such as a kennel or animal
shelter, vaccination clinic, training class, dog-grooming business,
sharing a water dish at the dog park or greeting another dog.
How to prevent it: Prevent exposure.
Vaccinations are also available for several agents involved in
kennel cough, including parainfluenza, bordetella and
Treatment: See your veterinarian if your dog
develops a cough. In some cases, you may be advised to simply let
kennel cough run its course by isolating your dog from other dogs,
getting a humidifier or vaporizer, and avoiding exposing your dog
to cigarette smoke or other fumes.
— Source: American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to
Posted: Friday, December 23, 2011 12:00 am
Tabitha, an 11-year-old American Staffordshire terrier, was
coughing like crazy recently.
“We thought she had something stuck in her throat,” said her
owner, Darla Knight.
Friday, December 23, 2011 12:00 am.