The Importance of Vaccinating for Kennel Cough

By Erik Jones - Proud Brook Farmer

It's the time of the year for vacations and outings with family and friends. As much as we would love to bring our puppies along with us everywhere we go, sometimes we can't. If we don't have a family member or friend to "babysit," we usually have to start searching for a dog kennel that we can trust. 

     Each pet boarding kennel is operated differently: "open-run" kennels, hospital kennels, doggy day cares, and the fancy schmancy dog hotels. One of the things that they have in common are the NYS requirements for vaccinations to lodge with them.

"N.Y. ADC. LAW § 17-366 : NY Code – Section 17-366: Proof of vaccination required – [Source]

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“No dog shall be accepted at a boarding kennel, business or establishment* unless the owner of such dog provides proof to such facility, including but not limited to a health certificate, a bill or receipt from a veterinarian or other documentation acceptable to the department, that such animal has been vaccinated against rabies, distemper, hepatitis, para influenza and parvo during the previous three years and against bordetella during the previous six months; provided that an owner of a dog shall not be required to provide proof of vaccination pursuant to this section if such owner provides a written statement from a veterinarian indicating that the dog of such owner should not be given such vaccination because of a standard veterinary contraindication and that such dog does not show symptoms of the disease or diseases for which such vaccination is contraindicated.”

     Kennel Cough (also known as canine infectious tracheobronchitis) is a highly contagious respiratory disease. Dogs commonly contract kennel cough at places where large amounts of canines congregate, such as boarding and daycare facilities, dog parks, training groups, and dog shows. Dogs can spread it to one another through airborne droplets, direct contact (e.g., touching noses), or contaminated surfaces (including water/food bowls). It’s highly treatable in most dogs but can be more severe in puppies younger than six months of age and immunocompromised dogs.

Signs and Symptoms of Kennel Cough

  • a strong cough, often with a “honking” sound - this is the most obvious symptom
  • runny nose
  • sneezing
  • lethargy
  • loss of appetite
  • low fever

     Dr. Kanouse explains, "Kennel Cough is a very stressful disease for your dog. It takes around a week and a half to subdue the problem and if left untreated it can lead to a secondary infection that could even damage your dog's trachea."

Please be sure to keep your pet up to date with it's vaccinations. It doesn't take a visit to a lodge to contract kennel cough or other diseases. Dogs can contract this and many other diseases just through basic interactions with one another. 

Topics: Boarding

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