It's that time of year where we see the incidence of upper respiratory/kennel cough incidences occurring. Over the last week or so we have had a few customers call us and reporting their dogs having come down with it. I would imagine there may be others. I personally believe if we are seeing it here that it is elsewhere, just depends on how the information elsewhere is being managed.
A few have asked why this can happen if their dog has had the vaccine? The vaccine only covers certain strains and helps with reducing the symptoms and impact. The other point I would like to express is that like kids at a daycare, once they have come down with it, they are far less likely to come down with it again. Their immune system is being exercised and they develop a significant resistance to it on their own going forward.
It is rarely life threatening from what we have been told by numerous Veterinarians. The clients that come to us and their respective Vet practices that they go to, run the gambit on preventative as well as treatment philosophies and some are as follows;
1) No vaccine is necessary, just let the dog build it's own immune system and let the bordetella run its course if acquired. Only give the antibiotic (primarily doxycycline) under severe circumstances.
2) Administer the vaccine as prescribed by the manufacturer once every 12 months. Treat with doxycycline prophylactically to prevent potential secondary infection to lungs.
3) Administer the vaccine off-label every 6 months as policy or as by a request from the customer as some boarding and daycare kennels require it at that interval. Treat if acquired with the doxycycline prophylactically to prevent potential secondary infection to lungs.
The doxycycline itself does not treat the bordetella as it is a virus.
We look for the vaccine to be given every 12 months. Some exceptions apply, inquiring about those need to be directed to the office management staff.
Our dogs experience a considerable reduction in stress here in general as they are allowed to go outside 4 times a day to do their business, play with others when applicable or just peacefully hang out at least 2 to 3 hours each day from 7:00 am to 7:00 pm. We leave cross draft window ventilation available 24/7 even when the A/C's are running to allow a continual flow and exchange of fresh air. We feed the dogs their own diet and encourage them to have an item or several of them from home to have that feeling of 'home away from home' .This stress reduction creates an environment that taxes the immune system less than if these conditions were not in place. Nothing replaces the dog staying at home, but we here are committed to making it as much of a good time and healthy place away from home as possible.
Thanks so much for your continued support and patronage.
The Kessler kennel Staff
It's that time of year....part b
Since my last post about the Bordetella/kennel cough, that has once again seasonally presented itself, we have had more reports of some our clients contracting it in addition to what I posted previously. Everyone has a different definition of what constitutes an "outbreak" so I will share with you my perspective. Currently if I were to tally what has been reported to us and roughly divide the number of dogs that have/are coming through our facility during the last several weeks, I would estimate approximately less than 5% and that allows for a number of customers who have not contacted us if their pet acquired it. So less than 1 in 20. My perception is that it is going around no doubt but in a relative sense considering that it is present pretty much everywhere else, it doesn't sound an alarm to me. Everyone has a different threshold and we fully respect that. Please direct any concerns or communications with any of this to the Kennel Management staff and/or myself. We will be happy to help and respond.