Kennel Cough is one of the most unpleasant and virulent diseases your dog can catch. Much like Whooping Cough in humans it produces a resounding "honking" sound that can be just as upsetting for you as your dog. Easily spread by close contact with other infected dogs, as the name suggests boarding kennels or doggie daycare centers can habour the disease.
While most pets with strong immune systems can shake the disease after a few weeks, you must be vigilant with older animals or those with compromised immune systems. Often the infection can easily turn in pneumonia which in some cases is fatal. Any dog presenting with Kennel Cough whether healthy or not is at risk of developing a long term persistent infection.
It is easy to prevent the spread of Kennel Cough by vaccination annually. It is painless and simple using drops that are applied to a nostril. Most dogs can carry Kennel Cough without ever presenting symptoms so a vaccination will stop the spread of the disease from these silent carriers.
Kennel Cough flourishes in warm moist conditions, therefore the climate of Dubai is very favorable for this disease. Make sure you vaccinate and keep your dog healthy. Check all boarding facilities for their vaccination policies and if you think your dog has Kennel Cough do not hesitate to get him in to see one of the Veterinarians at Umm Suqeim Veterinary Centre.