Several cases of Canine Cough have been reported or seen throughout Emerald and local areas. Canine Cough being much like a human cold and is passed from dog to dog as it is an airborne virus. We ask that you try not to take your dog to local dog parks or interact with other non family dogs within 10 days of a booking to reduce the risk of your pet contracting this virus and passing onto fellow boarders. Although your pet is vaccinated they can still contract Canine Cough, just like humans can still get a cold even after receiving a flu shot. We will not accept any pets showing signs on arrival and should your pet show signs during their stay we will arrange vet treatment at the owners cost. As it is a virus passed from dog to dog, we try to do everything possible to help prevent the spread but no amount of sterilization can stop a pet contracting it, but it does help reduce the chances. For more information please contact our office on (07) 4987 7748.
Canine cough as you would have read in the letter attached to your confirmation email is one of the most common respiratory diseases in dogs and is highly contagious, due to being an airborne virus (see below for the letter you would have previously received). Dogs can become infected with Canine Cough wherever they gather, such as in parks, dog runs, obedience classes, dog shows, Vet surgery’s, walking your pet, your neighbour's or a stray dog (even if asymptomatic) , or kennels. Even if your dog is vaccinated there is still some risk of infections. No amount of supervision, sanitation, or personalized care can prevent a dog from “catching” an airborne virus. All that a good boarding kennel can do is to strongly recommend immunisation against tracheobronchitis, refuse to board any obviously sick dog, listen and watch for any signs of sickness, and make sure that any dog requiring veterinary attention receives it as quickly as possible.
We have all become suddenly aware there is no straight answers when it comes to how viruses act. Certain highly contagious viruses are almost impossible to trace and irradiate. In the animal industry we are much more limited in the diagnostic tests available which makes outbreaks in our industry so much harder to control. For example, a dog with parainfluenza alone may not appear ill, yet is contagious.
Additionally to this you will have read that it can take up to 10 days from when the pets contracts the virus before showing any signs. I will mention that the letter attached to your confirmation email is sent out all year just as a notification but until a pet shows signs or we are notified by an owner we can only now try take additional steps to control this from spreading any more.
FYI the entire kennel building is cleaned at least once a day with high grade disinfectants, then cleaned the rest of the day as needed for any soiling in kennels. The kennels are also sprayed with a disinfectant that is designed to kill viruses and bacteria called F10. Every day food bowls are cleaned and sanitized. Every day the yards are cleaned and faecal material is disposed into a processing machine.
Our staff are vigilant at cleanliness. We also use a fogging machine that distributes a large F10 mist over entire indoor and outdoor areas twice weekly to further disinfect our facility, but during know outbreaks in our area we do this daily. Many more processes are in place to ensure we make our kennels as safe as possible.
We ensure EVERY pets is fully vaccinated when they come for boarding and NO EXCEPTIONS are made. We do not take any sick animals for boarding. If you pet becomes ill during its stay you will be notified and where possible will be asked to pick up your pet. If this is not possible you pets will be place in an isolation area, and there will be increased costs associated with this. As extra effort and cleaning are required.
Canine Cough is very much like a cold that we humans get. Commonly, a running nose and a cough very much the same as dogs in the case of Canine Cough. Canine Cough is treated the same as a human cold, you can wait it out unless becomes worse or can be treated with antibiotics. The same is true that we can’t place blame on any persons (school, hotel, work) should I get a cold as it is in this case with your pet contracting Canine Cough. Not to mention it is unknown as to if she contracted prior to coming in as it can take up to 10 days till shows signs.
Finally I would like to re point out that Canine Cough or tracheobronchitis (NOT Kennel Cough) is by no means the fault of Maraboon Pet Resort and again like a cold is not something your pets contracted due to the care or facilities of our resort but by simply this virus is going around.
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