Dog owners only want the very best for their pet. This is why they invest in services like CK9 Training because it starts their pooch off on the road to a long and happy life. Despite their best efforts, many dog owners still worry about their pet – especially when it comes to kennel flu. Should you really worry about it though? Here are some things you could do with knowing.
What is Kennel Flu?
Kennel flu – also known as kennel cough – is a virus dogs are susceptible to. It gets its name from the fact that dogs in kennels are most at risk of being infected. However, any dog that regularly comes into contact with other dogs can easily come down with it. Kennel flu primarily affects a dog’s respiratory system.
What are the Symptoms?
If your dog becomes infected, it can take between five and seven days for symptoms to show. Owners worried for their pet’s health should look out for them sneezing, coughing, or having a runny nose. You should also keep an eye out for your dog having no appetite and being more tired than usual.
How is Kennel Flu Treated?
A vet will decide how each dog should be treated on a case-to-case basis. The least severely affected may simply be prescribed rest and plenty of fluids. Others will be offered cough suppressants. In some circumstances, antibiotics may also be prescribed.
Is There a Preventative Vaccine?
There is a vaccine, but it doesn’t make a dog totally immune to the virus. Sadly there’s no proven way to guarantee your pooch won’t succumb to kennel flu. Most kennels will recommend dogs be vaccinated before accepting them for a stay.
Should You Worry?
Understandably, it’s very difficult not to worry. However, it’s certainly worth remembering that the vast majority of dogs will make a full recovery from the illness. In the rare cases where a dog develops pneumonia from kennel flu, a vet will hopefully be able to assist before the pooch suffers any long-term damage to its health.
Remember How Strong Dogs Are!
Dogs have a very strong immune system and are built to recover from such illness. There’s no reason your dog won’t be able to bounce back to full health after they’ve received some tender loving care.
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