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Kennel Cough

We have all heard of the term “kennel cough,” but what exactly is it?Kennel cough is a general term used to describe a condition characterized by the major clinical sign – coughing. Technically, it is an infectious or contagious tracheobronchitis, meaning inflammation/infection in the trachea and bronchial tubes. It can be caused by a number of bacteria and viruses, the most common being adenovirus-2, coronavirus, and Bordetella bronchiseptica. It is spread via through both direct and indirect contact, and airborne transmission. For example, a dog can get it from sniffing a dog with the condition or using the same dishes as an infected dog. Many dogs will come home from boarding or daycare with it, hence the name “kennel cough.”

Clinical signs are usually mild and can be quite variable. The main sign owners complain of is a loud coughing or retching noise, often sounding like a goose-honk. Runny eyes and nose, wheezing, lack of appetite, and lethargy can also be noted. There are no specific treatments for viral diseases. Therefore anti-inflammatories may be used to decrease the clinical signs. The condition will usually resolve on its own in 1-3 weeks. During this time, the infected dog should not be in contact with other dogs. If it is known to be caused by bacteria, antibiotics can be used as treatment.

Preventing kennel cough can be done with a vaccine. It is highly recommended for dogs that go to dog parks, kennels, doggy daycare, or grooming. Talk to your veterinary professional to find out which vaccines are best for your dog and their lifestyle.

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Dear Clients,

With recent changes to restrictions on businesses, we are pleased to advise that effective May 15, 2020 some restrictions on veterinary practices have been lifted. Based on these changes, below are some important updates to our operating policies.

1. WE CAN NOW SEE ALL CASES BY APPOINTMENT ONLY

This includes vaccines, wellness exams, blood work, heartworm testing, spays and neuters, dental services, and more!

2. SAFETY MEASURES TO KEEP EVERYONE SAFE

3. ONLINE CONSULTATIONS ARE AVAILABLE

If you wish to connect with a veterinarian via message, phone or video, visit our website and follow the "Online Consultation" link.

4. OPERATING HOURS

We are OPEN with the following hours:

- Monday to Friday: 8:00 am - 6:00 pm
- Saturday: 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
- Sunday: CLOSED

Thank you for your patience and understanding and we look forward to seeing you and your furry family members again!

- Your dedicated team at Briarwood Animal Hospital