A-Z of dog wellbeing: Kennel cough

Kennel cough is the dog version of a human cold, its a mild infection that creates a harsh cough that can last as long as three weeks.

Only those susceptible individuals with weakened immunity will get it. Vital animals just respond appropriately, like healthy people who don’t pick up the cold going around, because their immune systems fight off the cold virus.

The best way to avoid it is largely by raising a vital animal, feeding a species appropriate diet and avoiding unnecessary toxins such as flea spot-on pesticides and harsh worming tablets.

Should you vaccinate against kennel cough?

Well, I wouldn’t give the Bordetella vaccine  to my dogs, but you need to do your own research on the vaccine and the alternatives such as nosodes

Although I would normally write a page on the background of the condition, how to avoid it and what steps to take to remedy it, Dogs Naturally have written a very good article already, so I see no reason to re-invent the wheel.  Instead, I’ll share the link with you:

Kennel Cough: Natural Prevention of the Canine Cold

If your dog does develop symptoms, which is possible even if they are vaccinated, then a herbal self-medication session can help to lesson the effects of the infection and improve the recovery time.