To keep everyone up to date on the Summer fun which unfortunately includes the inevitable occurrences of the Summer time cold season; Due to the oppressive heat and humidity the A/C's have been cranking nonstop with the windows, though open minimally so to keep things cool, the transmission of the virus has continued. We are still seeing about a 5% rate of our clients coming down with it.
A few points I wish to communicate from sources from various Veterinarian practices and online are:
The Bordetella is a virus and as such is untreatable in-and-of-itself with medicine or antibiotics. The antibiotics often times prescribed are to potentially prevent a secondary infection to the lungs. (The Veterinarians that I have spoken vary from not treating the condition and let it run its course to a considerable regimen of medications and everything in-between). No right or wrong just differing approaches.
Rarely, I have heard from these same sources, is the condition/cold life threatening or debilitating. Only the much older or very young puppy's are at more risk. Like people with a cough/cold the dogs are at times a little run down and tired for a few days. The hard part is having to listen to your pet coughing that often times sounds like the barking of a seal or similar. For a few days they may be hacking up phlegm as they working out the by-products in their lungs as we would in the same situation.
On the more positive side once they have acquired it and it has run its course the immune system is exercised and they are far less likely to get it again. They are usually active with the cold/cough for anywhere from 3 to 7 days on average.
Dogs more likely to acquire it are ones that don't socialize with other dogs very often and/or have either never boarded previously or very seldom.
When we see the dogs actively coughing we separate them out so they do not have direct contact or face to face interactions to minimize the transmission. It is primarily an airborne transmitted organism.
One of the hardest challenges is that the Bordetella/cold is most often contagious several days prior to showing symptoms (cough/sneeze/hacking) and some dogs are carriers without hardly or not showing any symptoms. The incubation period from contact with the virus has been stated to be anywhere from 2 to 14 days depending on which source you site.
We will continue to keep you updated and as always very much appreciate your continued support and patronage!!
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.