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The Facts about Canine Cough - Kennel Cough

What is Canine Cough?

Canine Cough, also now referred to as the Canine Infectious Respiratory Disease Complex (CIRDC), it is a group of diseases that affects the respiratory tract and whose most common symptom is a cough. These diseases may include other symptoms as well such as nasal or ocular discharge or decrease in appetite or energy.

Canine Cough Facts:

1.     There are viral and bacterial causes of Canine Cough including, but not limited to:

2.     Bordetella bronchiseptica, mycoplasma, coronavirus, parainfluenza, canine influenza, and adenovirus 2

3.     Most dogs are able to recover without veterinary intervention.

4.     Symptoms typically show within 3-10 days of exposure.

5.     While recovering, it’s necessary to keep dogs away from other dogs for approximately two weeks to prevent spreading of disease.

6.     Vaccinations available help prevent or lessen the severity of some, but not all causes of Canine Cough.

7.     Not all dogs who encounter these diseases show symptoms, but they can still transmit the disease to others.

What is The Regal Beagle’s Canine Cough Vaccination Policy?

Here at The Regal Beagle, we strive to take every precaution in creating a safe and clean environment for our Rompers, overnight guest, and grooming guests. This includes minimizing the chances of them contracting Canine Cough through daily disinfection, close monitoring of pets, and vaccination requirements.

The Bordetella vaccination protects against some of the common causes of Canine Cough. Dogs who regularly interact with other dogs: at a dog park, training class, grooming, day care, and boarding facility, or other social setting, are at a higher risk of Canine Cough exposure. The Regal Beagle’s Romp N’ Play environment means your pup will be around many different dogs.

Therefore, all Rompers must be current on their Bordetella vaccination.

Oral, intranasal, or injectable forms of the Bordetella vaccination are accepted.

What is Canine Influenza?

The Canine Influenza Virus (CIV) is another respiratory disease that is sometimes included as part of CIRDC. The reason for this is because Canine Influenza starts in the upper respiratory tract but can migrate and cause additional issues or more severe disease in the lower respiratory tract. There are two known strains of CIV: H3N8 and H3N2. Both strains have a vaccination available to help protect a dog against more severe symptoms

*In addition to the required Bordetella vaccination, we encourage that Rompers receive the Canine Influenza vaccine and ask you to discuss this option with your veterinarian*



The Regal Beagle’s vaccination policy is based on recommendations by leading veterinary professionals and organizations. 

For additional information on Canine Cough, you may review the resources below.







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