KENNEL COUGH CONFIRMATION

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Dear Customer,

Since September 28th 2018 we can confirm that a few of dogs that have attended Albon Dog Ranch do have Kennel Cough. Some we noticed coughing here and removed from our pens immediately and some at home developed it. They are now being treated.

We will update this page when we think it has cleared. For the most past the cases so far seem to be milder in general with the exception of a couple.

Over the past couple of months we have watched as Kennel Cough has moved from the Valley, to Halifax and down the South shore. We thought that we may escape it but unfortunately this is not the case.

IMPORTANT

If you notice your dog(s) Coughing, Hacking, Honking, please DO NOT bring them to the Ranch as we will not accept them.

Unfortunately with Kennel Cough, it can incubate up to 14 days and not show any symptoms until then.

Please note some measures that will be in effect for the next 2 weeks and will be reviewed after that.

  • As of today, we will not be accepting any dogs who regularly attend other kennels as well as ours, ie. Dogs that attend here and another kennel and alternate between the two. This applies to Doggy Daycare and Boarding. This is so we do not spread it around.
  • We will not be accepting any new dogs for the next two weeks. We will review it at this stage.
  • We will not be allowing any new dogs to come on the walk through for viewings of Albon for the next 2 weeks.
  • We will immediately dismiss any dog that comes in with any of the symptoms until they are clear to come back.

Please note that we only do this to try and limit the spread of Kennel Cough.

WHAT CAN I DO TO HELP?

If your dog(s) have kennel cough, DO NOT bring them around other dogs until they are no longer contagious. This includes, Daycare and Boarding facilities, Dog Shops, Groomers, Dog Parks or anywhere were there are dogs.

WHAT IS KENNEL COUGH?

In it's simplest form, Kennel Cough is a common cold in dogs. Just like you and I can pick up a cold being near somebody who is infected, dogs pick up Kennel Cough in the same way.

Kennel cough itself can have multiple causes. One of the most common culprits is a bacterium called Bordetella bronchiseptica m-- which is why kennel cough is often called Bordetella. Most dogs that become infected with Bordetella are infected with a virus at the same time. These viruses, which are known to make dogs more susceptible to contracting Bordetella infection, include canine adenovirus, canine distemper virus, canine herpes virus, parainfluenza virus and canine reovirus.

WHAT ARE THE SYMPTOMS OF KENNEL COUGH?

The classic symptoms of Kennel Cough is a persistent Honking, Hacking sound. Other symptoms may include, runny eyes or nose, lethargy and loss of appetite.

HOW CAN MY DOG GET IT?

Dogs "catch" kennel cough when they inhale bacteria or virus particles into their respiratory tract. They can catch it by meeting other dogs in kennels, on walks, in dog parks or anywhere there are other dogs.

WHAT SHOULD I DO IF I SUSPECT MY DOG HAS KENNEL COUGH?

Although Kennel Cough will normally resolve itself in three weeks, the first thing you should do is contact your veterinarian as they may administer antibiotics.

"Most dogs with kennel cough recover completely within three weeks, though it can take up to six weeks in older dogs or those with other medical conditions. Because serious, ongoing kennel cough infection can lead to pneumonia, be sure to follow up with your veterinarian if your dog doesn't improve within the expected amount of time. Also, if your dog at any time has symptoms of rapid breathing, not eating, or listlessness, contact your vet right away, as these could be signs of more serious conditions."