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The Conundrum with Canine Kennel Cough

by Dr. Maegan Melillo

Ever wonder why your groomer, doggy daycare or kennel requires that funny-named Bordetella vaccine for your four-legged friend to attend their facilities? Have you heard your fellow dog park frequenters or your veterinarian talk about kennel cough but never really understood what it is? Well wonder no more!

Kennel Cough is considered an infectious disease that is caused by the canine Parainfluenza virus, the Bordetella bronchiseptica bacteria, or a combination of both virus and bacteria. This disease is called kennel cough due to the dry, hacking cough usually seen with infection. How did your dog contract kennel cough? Dogs that contract the infection are generally those dogs that frequent kennels, dog parks or doggy daycare- places where dogs interact with many other dogs, or where dogs are present in high numbers. This is the main reason for the recommendation of the kennel cough vaccination in those dogs that frequent kennels, canine daycare facilities, and even some groomers.  Other scenarios in which your veterinarian may recommend the kennel cough vaccine for your furry friend is if he or she is frequently meeting new dogs. This would include regular attendance at your local dog park or commonly attending dog shows or dog trials.

Similar to the flu vaccine that we are able to receive, the kennel cough vaccine in dogs works to help reduce risk of contracting the disease or to decrease the severity of clinical signs (the coughing) if the disease is contracted. The vaccine does not guarantee that a dog will not get kennel cough. This is due to the fact that there are numerous strains of the bacteria that cause kennel cough however the vaccine only targets one of those strains. The vaccine allows the dog’s immune system to recognize the disease but doesn’t necessarily allow it to completely clear the disease without causing a mild cough. Dogs that are not vaccinated for kennel cough are more likely to develop more severe clinical signs. What are some kennel cough symptoms? Such signs include a more severe, dry, hacking cough that lead to fits of gagging or vomiting; runny eyes and nose, and in most severe cases, pneumonia. If your canine friend begins to show any of the signs mentioned above, please contact Clappison Animal Hospital to receive further advice with respect to treatment.

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COVID-19: Additional measures we are taking

Dear Clients,

Due to the close contact that our work requires, we have taken additional measures to protect you and our team while providing care for your furry family members.

The following changes are effective as of Monday, March 23, 2020:

1. We are currently operating a “closed waiting room” policy to protect our clients and staff. When you arrive, please remain in your vehicle and use your cell phone to call us at 905.689.8005. We will open the door and bring you and your pet into the clinic for an examination with the veterinarian. We ask 1 client per pet please. Once the examination is finished, the Doctor will either call you or come out to talk to you to discuss the treatment etc for your pet. For those who do not have a mobile phone, an easy knock at the door will work the same way!

2. We are continuing to accept appointments for urgent or sick pets, as well as time-sensitive puppy/kitten vaccinations. All other services will be scheduled for a later time.

3. The animal hospital is still OPEN with the following hours: Monday- Friday: 8:00am - 6pm, Saturday: 9:00am - 1:00pm, & Closed on Sundays.

4. Country Tails Doggie Daycare and our Grooming Salon are closed until further notice.

5. If you are ordering food or medications, please allow 2-4 business days as our suppliers are dealing with increased demand and are trying to fill orders as quickly as possible. We will advise you as soon as your order arrives. Please call us when you arrive to pick up your order, but do not enter the hospital. Our staff will bring your order to your car and take payment over the phone. You can also use our online store and have your food delivered directly to your home. To sign up for the online store, visit our website.

6. For the time being, we are not accepting cash as payment. Credit cards and debit card payments are still available.

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

8. Following the recommendations of our government and medical experts, we are doing our best to practice social distancing within the constraints of our roles. As such, we have taken measures to avoid both contracting and facilitating the spread of this virus.

Thank you for helping us be diligent for everyone's safety. As we have heard from all levels of government, the situation is fluid and any updates will be provided as changes occur.

- Your dedicated team at Clappison Animal Hospital