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June 26, 2019

The Doggy “Cold”

Our goal is to keep your dogs safe, happy and healthy, as well as, keep you informed. Recently, we had several cases of kennel cough.

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The Canine Cough, also known as Kennel Cough or a dog cold, is a term used to describe several different strains of viruses that can be contracted by dogs. Just like human colds it is airborne and can easily be passed around by dogs.  The most common symptom is its name sake, a cough. The cough can be a dry honking cough or a wet cough along with phlegm coming up. Some dogs may also have runny eyes or nose while appetite and energy level are usually not affected. Luckily, just like the human cold, it usually doesn’t last long and it is usually not serious.

While it is impossible to completely stop Canine Cough we strive to prevent these germs from spreading. If you hear your dog cough or notice any runny eyes or nose, please do NOT bring your dog to WagsInn.  We recommend you call your vet immediately. Unfortunately, some dogs can carry it without showing any symptoms. 

We do require all dogs to have the bordetella vaccine but it is similar to the human flu shot. There are many different strains and the vaccine doesn’t cover all of them so receiving the vaccine does not guarantee your dog will not come down with kennel cough. As soon as we hear one of your dogs coughing we isolate him. We will notify you and our veterinarian. Antibiotics and coughing tabs are commonly prescribed. The recommendation is to stay away from other dogs for 10 days or when your vet recommends he can return playing.

Please let us know if you have any questions in regards to your dog’s health while staying at WagsInn.


Lori Wolcott


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