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Kennel Cough Virus

Kennel Cough is a highly contagious respiratory disease in dogs. Similar to the common cold in humans, it is known to cause inflammation of the trachea and bronchial tubes. It is so common that it will likely affect every dog in their lifetime.

Symptoms

  • Persistent dry cough (sounds like something stuck in the throat)
  • Coughing/gagging through the night that keeps the dog awake at night
  • Watery nasal discharge
  • Severe cases, dogs can become lethargic, fevered, and off their food. Symptoms can progress to pneumonia

Causes

  • The most common microorganisms that contribute to kennel cough are Bordetella bronchiseptica bacteria, canine adenovirus, parainfluenza virus and mycoplasma
  • Dogs often develop symptoms a few days after exposure to another dog or area where a dog was infected

Diagnosis

  • Clinical symptoms and exposure to other dogs
  • Physical exam and palpation of the trachea to elicit a cough
  • If the dog does not respond to treatment, x-rays and bloodwork may be needed

Treatment

  • Because kennel cough is usually viral, typically no treatment is necessary as it will usually clear up on its own within 1-2 weeks
  • A cough suppressant may be prescribed
  • If the veterinarian suspects a bacterial infection is present, they may prescribe antibiotics
  • Depending on the severity of infection, hospitalization may be required (if pneumonia is present)

Prevention

  • A dog with kennel cough should be isolated from other dogs as kennel cough is highly contagious.
  • Vaccination against Bordetella bronchiseptica, adenovirus and parainfluenza virus
  • Even after vaccination, a dog may still acquire kennel cough, but usually its less severe
  • Cleaning all surfaces with bleach after a suspected kennel cough dog enters an area, and washing all dog bedding

Written by Kelly, Veterinary Technician

 

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COVID-19: Additional measures we are taking

Dear Clients,

Due to the close contact that our work requires, we have taken additional measures to protect you and our team while providing care for your furry family members.

The following changes are effective as of Wednesday, March 18, 2020:

1. We are currently operating a "closed-door" policy to protect our clients and staff. When you arrive, please remain in your vehicle and use your cell phone to call us at 519-773-3911. We will take a history of your pet from outside of your car, and bring your pet into the clinic for an examination with the veterinarian. We will then return to your vehicle with your pet to discuss our recommended treatment plan.

2. We are continuing to accept appointments for urgent or sick pets, as well as time-sensitive puppy/kitten vaccinations. All other services will be scheduled for a later time.

3. We are still OPEN with the following hours: Monday to Friday 8:00 am - 5:00 pm, and Saturday from 8:30 am - 1:30 pm.

4. If you are ordering food or medications, please allow 2-4 business days as our suppliers are dealing with increased demand and are trying to fill orders as quickly as possible. We will advise you as soon as your order arrives. Please call us when you arrive to pick up your order, but do not enter the clinic. Our staff will bring your order to your car and take payment from your vehicle. We do have our online store available, which can be accessed from our website by clicking the online store button. We have currently lowered our delivery fee, and it's free for orders over $50.

5. For the time being, we are not accepting cash as payment. Credit cards and debit card payments are still available.

6. Online consultations are now available! If you wish to connect with a veterinarian via message, phone or video, visit our website and follow the "Online Consultation" link.

7. Following the recommendations of our government and medical experts, we are doing our best to practice social distancing within the constraints of our jobs. We have taken these measures to avoid both contracting and facilitating the spread of this disease.

Thank you for helping us be diligent for everyone's safety. As we have heard from all levels of government, the situation is fluid, and any updates will be provided as changes occur.

- Your dedicated team at Aylmer Veterinary Clinic