Kennel Cough spreading across Lawrence

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A warning to dog owners. Veterinarians say there’s a contagious infection that is spreading across Lawrence.

Brooke Lennington tells us how you can protect your pet from catching the bug.

Bordetella, also known as kennel cough is equivalent to when humans gets a really nasty cold.  Runny nose, sometimes goobery eyes usually they are coming in for a dry hacking gag at the end kind of cough.  The highly contagious upper respiratory infection can spread any place where there is a high number of dogs in a contained area like doggy daycare, dog park, animal shelters, and boarding.

Just like kids in a daycare or in any school when cold season starts up or flu season, kinda everybody just gets it and passes it around.  With local veterinarians seeing a huge increase in the number of dogs with Kennel cough in the hospital lately, getting your dog vaccinated is one way to help.

“The way I explain the vaccine shot is kind of like getting the flu shot, you’re not going to get it as bad if you have the vaccine, but you’re probably going to get it a little bit.”

While Johnson says the dogs more likely to be affected are very young or old dogs, not getting your dog treated at all can become a much more severe case.

It can turn in to pneumonia and pneumonia is always something that can eventually be fatal.  Taking extra precautions during this infectious time is key to keeping you dog healthy and safe.

Making sure that you vaccinate at least two weeks before boarding your pet or going to the doggy day care is important, because it really takes two weeks for that maximum effect on a vaccine.” J:”and if they are sick be upfront, honest and keep them isolated and see your vet as soon as possible.

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