We have been seeing a large number of cases of “kennel cough” over the past 1-2 weeks. Kennel cough is a bronchitis that causes a honking type of a cough and can be severe enough to lead to a pneumonia. Kennel cough is HIGHLY CONTAGIOUS between dogs. Kennel cough can be caused by a bacteria or a virus or sometimes both. We do have vaccines that can prevent 2 major pathogens that cause kennel cough, the bordatella vaccine and the canine flu vaccine. If you have plans to take your dog to the kennel or groomer, please make sure your dog has these vaccines. They should be vaccinated at least 2 weeks prior to needing the immunity. If your pet has never had these vaccines, it is usually a 2 part initial series spaced 3-4 weeks apart to develop the maximum immunity. If you have further questions, please call us at 570-424-6773.
Barton Heights Veterinary Hospital
Jeremy Wentz, VMD