WHAT IS CANINE COUGH?
Canine Cough in dogs will stimulate a coarse, dry, hacking cough about three to seven days after the dog is initially infected. It sounds as if the dog needs to “clear its throat” and the cough will be triggered by any extra activity or exercise.
HOW IS IT TRANSMITTED?
Canine Cough is an airborne disease, primarily spread through the air when an infected dog coughs, sneezes, barks, or even sheds dander.
The reason this disease seems so common, and is sometimes called “Kennel” cough, is that wherever there are numbers of dogs confined together in an enclosed environment such as a kennel, animal shelter, or indoor dog show, the disease is much more likely to be spread.
NOTE: Even in the most hygienic, well ventilated, spacious kennels; the possibility of a dog acquiring Canine Cough exists. Canine Cough can be acquired from your neighbor’s dog, from a Champion show dog at a dog show, from the animal hospital where your dog just came in for treatment of a cut paw… Try not to blame the kennel operator if your dog develops Canine Cough shortly after that weekend stay at the kennel! There may have been an infected dog, unknown to anyone, that acted as a source for other dogs in the kennel.
HOW IS IT TREATED?
Many dogs that contract Canine Cough will display only minor signs of coughing that may last seven to ten days and will not require any medication at all. The majority of dogs with the disease continue to eat, sleep, play and act normally… except for that annoying, dry, non-productive coughing that seems so persistent. However, if your dog is exhibiting any symptoms we suggest contacting your vet.
Treatment is generally limited to symptomatic relief of the coughing with non-prescription, and occasionally prescription, cough suppressants. If the dog is running a fever or there seems to be a persistent and severe cough, antibiotics are occasionally utilized to assist the dog in recovering from Canine Cough.
HOW IS IT PREVENTED?
In order to help prevent your dog from contracting Canine Cough, we require your dog to receive the Bordetella vaccination prior to their stay. Contact your vet for more information about the vaccine. Unfortunately, your dog can still catch Canine Cough, even if they have been vaccinated.
NOTE: Any vaccine takes days to weeks to stimulate the dog’s protective immunity to the disease. If you plan to board your dog, or protect it from exposure, remember to vaccinate a few weeks prior to potential exposure to allow full protective immunity to build up.
Stress Is A Factor
Here at Lucky Dog, we strive to make your dog’s visit as enjoyable as possible. But despite all of our efforts boarding can be stressful on some dogs. This is especially true for dogs that have never boarded before (or haven’t boarded very often), older dogs, dogs that are highly sensitive to change, or dogs with ailments.
Your dog may exhibit behavior that is not “normal” for them while they are boarding, for example, excessive barking, change in appetite, urinating or defecating in their kennel, etc. We pride ourselves on our cleanliness but it is possible that your dog may get dirty during their stay with us. We recommend our grooming services! Just let us know if we can bathe your dog the day that you return from your trip. It is also important to note that despite our efforts, your dog’s personal belongings (i.e. leashes, collars, bowls, bedding, toys, etc.) may become dirty or damaged during your dog’s stay.
Please be aware that during your dog’s stay they may come in contact with natural insurgents, for example Canine Cough, even if they are current on their bordatella vaccination. Canine Cough is a highly contagious virus very similar to the common cold in humans.
For your comfort, we record all food intake for your dog at each meal so that we can be aware of any changes in diet. We also do a daily wellness check on your dog. By spending this extra time with your dog we can detect any changes on their body, for example hot spots can sometimes be hidden under the dog’s fur or in a particular place we wouldn’t usually see. We have found these procedures to be extremely effective in maintaining the health and comfort of your dog.
Welcoming Your Pup Home
After you pick your pup up from the kennel, you may need to restrict his water and food intake for a few hours. In his excited state, excessive food and water consumption can create problems.
After a day of play, dogs need their own space to rest and relax. Our facility offers temperature controlled large indoor/outdoor bungalows as well as cozy indoor cottages. Each space includes an elevated bed and blanket. We pride ourselves on our cleanliness. Each space is thoroughly cleaned and disinfected everyday! Come by any day of the week for a guided tour of our facility and see for yourself!
We encourage customers to bring their own food, keeping a dog's diet consistent helps to keep stress levels down and prevents upset tummies. However, if you prefer, we also provide food. If your dog requires medications a highly trained staff member will administer them free of any extra charges.
We provide fresh blankets and elevated beds for all of our canine friends. If you would prefer to bring your own bedding or have a special blanket at home, feel free to bring that with you, however it is possible that personal items will get soiled or damaged.
In order to keep your pet as safe and healthy as possible, we require your dog to be current on their Rabies, DHLPP, and Bordatella vaccinations. However, we suggest checking with your vet prior to your dogs' stay to see if there are any other vaccinations they recommend before boarding.