Tracheobronchitis/Bordetellosis (Canine/Kennel Cough)
1. Inflammation of the mucous membrane of the trachea and bronchi.
"Some education is sought after while other education is chosen for you."
Another topic for our Canine Health Notices. Tis the season for the common cold to rear its ugly head, this not only applies to us but to our canine counterparts as well.
It has come to our attention that some dogs in the area have come down with what is most commonly referred to as Kennel Cough. The doggie version of the common cold. No need to worry.
Having had dogs for 20+ years I have dealt with this a time or two and find little need for concern. I want to share some of the information I have found helpful.
What we've learned is summarized below.
Facts About Dog Colds
It is important to note that there are a variety of "germs" that can contribute to your dog catching a cold (bordetella bronchiseptica bacteria, canine adenovirus, parainfluenza virus, and mycoplasma). Dog's can be stricken with one or multiple of these at the same time.
While all are contagious the majority of adult dogs will have gained an immunity and remain symptom free. Recover time is typically a week or two. A small chance of secondary infection can lead to complications and increased down time.
The most common symptom is a dry hacking cough, not uncommon to be followed by retching. Dripping nose can also be another sign.
In severe cases dogs may have a fever, lethargy or pneumonia.
Mild cases are best treated with good ole TLC. Rest, warmth, soft food and lots of liquids. Sometimes a cough medicine can be necessary to ease throat irritation (honey works amazing for this!).
Dogs should avoid contact with other dogs during this time so as not to spread the germ further but also to get some peace and quiet. I like to give my dogs low sodium chicken broth with vitamin C mixed in to encourage hydration and boost their immune system.
Cases that progress to a bacterial infection (signs are not eating or excessive lethargic) will require a vet visit to assess what treatment is best suited.
What we are doing
Due to the communal situations in both Montessori Dog School and Group Classes it is not uncommon to encounter colds here and there. We do our very best to keep everything sanitized and clean. We ask that you assist us by not allowing dogs who may be showing symptoms to attend these programs.
We also send out this very email you are reading as soon as we hear word of any dog in the area having "kennel cough". By sharing this info quickly to all of our clients we have successfully navigated through two pretty nasty cold seasons with zero school closures and very few dogs having to visit the vets.
Dog Colds are...
If you have any questions or concerns please do not hesitate to ask us or call and chat with one of our recommends vets.
Park City Animal Clinic - 435.649.0710
Animal Health Solutions - 435.647.0807
Below is a walkthrough on how to fill out the required information for your Consultation. We have already created a profile for you, and just need your help updating the important information for yourself and your dog(s).
This is the main login page to access all of your account details. Your default login information is the email address you provided us, and the default password of "password". This is all lower case. Please do not click new client as we have already set you up into our system.
This is your account overview. There are a lot of different tools to use here, but for now we will only focus on the profile information. The two tabs you'll be using are the 'My Info' tab and the 'Dogs' tab.
Under 'My Info' you'll see the basic information that you've already provided. As you scroll down you'll see the 'Additional Client Info' section that we need completed.
The 'Additional Client Info' as circled above, is what we need completed.
Once you've filled everything in just click 'save' at the bottom right of the page. A prompt will appear if any of the required information is missing. After saving successfully you'll see a message at the top of the page stating 'Your information was saved successfully'. You are now ready to move on to the next step.
Here you will clock on the 'Dogs' tab to fill out the profile information for your pup. As you can see on our demo profile, there is a hamburger menu in-front of the dogs name. Click on that to enter settings for your dog. If you have multiple dogs you will need to do the following steps for each and every dog.
This is the settings button. Click on this to edit your dogs information.
At the top of the page you'll see 'Basic Information' which should have already been filled out. Feel free to fix any errors, and enter your dogs date of birth if you know it. From there scroll down to find the 'Additional Dog Info' section.
This is arguably the most important step for your consultation. These details give our trainers a better look into your dogs background. Please complete everything under the 'Additional Dog Info' section to the best of your knowledge.
Once everything for your dog is filled out, simply hit the save button and you are all set. You can edit this at any time, but please give us a heads up if any of these things change. Shortly after this is completed you will get a confirmation email for your consultation. This email will also have our address and directions in it.
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