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What is Kennel Cough

Kennel cough is an upper respiratory infection affecting dogs. Multiple agents make up the virus, the most common being the bacteria called Bordetella, followed by canine Parainfluenza, and canine Coronavirus. Kennel cough is contagious; however, adult dogs may display immunity to reinfection even under constant exposure. Kennel cough got the name because the infection can spread quickly among dogs in the kennels and boarding facilities.

Viral and bacterial causes of kennel cough are airborne produced by sneezing and coughing. Kennel cough can also be spread through contact with contaminated surfaces. Symptoms begin after several days of incubation period post-exposure, and in most cases will clear up on their own. The infectious period of kennel cough is 3–10 days. Symptoms for kennel cough can include a harsh dry cough, retching, sneezing, gagging when excited or exercise is increased. Sometimes, a fever can also be shown.

It has been proven that the mild case of kennel cough is most seen in the fall. The virus sheds for roughly one week after your dog is feeling better, but can stay in the area for several weeks to months. Treatment for your dog if they are showing signs of kennel cough could be antibiotics, anti-inflammatory if fever is present. We can help protect your dog from getting kennel cough by vaccinating with the kennel cough vaccine.

Written by Christine Attridge-Hardy, Practice Manager

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Last updated: June 1, 2020

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. NEW PET OWNERS

Have you welcomed a new furry family member to your home? We’d love to meet them! Visit our Must Know New Pet Owner Information page for useful resources and helpful recommendations for new pet owners.

5. OPERATING HOURS

We are OPEN with the following hours:

Monday to Friday: 7:00 am - 7:00 pm
Saturday & Sunday: 9:00 am - 3:00 pm

6. GROOMING SERVICES

If your pet requires grooming, please give us a call and we will put your name on a list. Our groomer Stephanie will contact you directly to schedule an appointment.

7. COUNTRY TAILS DOGGIE DAYCARE

As of Tuesday, May 19, 2020, Country Tails Doggie Daycare is open! Their temporary hours of operation are 8:00 am - 6:00 pm. You may get touch with one of our daycare team members at (905) 690-8005 or at countrytails@clappisonvet.com

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

- Your dedicated team at Clappison Animal Hospital