Will You Care for My Dog if He Has Kennel Cough?

Since our inception in May 2011, we’ve cared for numerous dogs who’ve contracted Kennel Cough because they are prohibited from attending doggy daycare so our answer is “yes with restrictions”. Before we explain how we will care for your dog without exposing the other dogs we visit, we are going to explain what Kennel Cough is.

What Is Kennel Cough?
According to petMD, “kennel cough, the common name given to infectious canine tracheobronchitis, is a highly contagious respiratory disease among dogs. As the name suggests, it is typified by inflammation of the trachea and bronchi.”

What are the Common Symptoms of Kennel Cough?
The cough itself is not like your typical cold or hairball hack. It’s a cross between a gag and a suffocating cough, as if something is obstructing their lungs. Kennel cough is also much louder than a normal cough, sometimes with a honking noise. It doesn’t present itself until about a week after contracting the virus. Unlike your standard cold or flu, kennel cough doesn’t reduce your dog’s appetite, but inflammation can make it difficult to eat.

How Can My Dog Contract Kennel Cough?
Kennel environments or other spaces that require your dog to spend time in close quarters with other animals are high risk. You should carefully consider the risks before placing your pup in an area where they may contract kennel cough or other contagious canine diseases. Another important thing to know is that some dogs are simply carriers of kennel cough. They do not show any symptoms of an infection, but they carry the disease and can spread kennel cough to other dogs without anyone being aware. A quick trip to the vet, pet boutique, or quick hello with the neighbor dog can become a dangerous encounter, too.

How Do I Prevent Kennel Cough?
Kennel cough has vaccinations available for the most extreme cases, which can be delivered through a shot, a nasal spray, and even pill form. Nothing is guaranteed, but it does provide a layer of protection if your dog is constantly around other dogs that you aren’t familiar with. Vaccinations also lessen the impact of symptoms and the length of time that they will be sick. Vaccination is definitely worth considering, especially if your dog has a vulnerable immune system like the elderly or young, or those who already have compromised immune systems.

It’s contagious so how will you care for my dog without risking exposure to your other clients?
Clients are required to inform us when their dog is being treated for Kennel Cough or any contagious diseases because the health of ALL TPS’ furry clients is our top priority! We don’t want to spread it to our other canine clients or our personal furry friends.

What’s TPS protocol when caring for dogs with Kennel Cough?
• Whenever possible, only one team member is assigned to the sick dog and no other clients
• If we don’t have a team member who is available to care for just the sick dog, healthy pets are seen first and dog with kennel cough will be last on the schedule (around 2pm)

What measures are taken during visit?
• Upon arrival, team members will change into disposable scrubs and booties
• During visit, team members will wash their hands frequently
• Upon departure, they will remove scrubs/booties, put in a bag and dispose of them promptly to keep them away from personal pets.

If a team member notices a pet appears ill, they are required to contact the corporate office and/or owner to discuss if a vet visit is warranted. They also know that if kennel cough or upper respiratory like systems are apparent, the team member will follow the protocol mentioned above.

We take our job of delivering proper care to all of our client’s furry children very seriously. Our goal is to ensure sick pets receive the love and attention they deserve while minimizing exposure to healthy pets.

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