Canine Cough

Canine Cough is a contagious condition affecting the respiratory tract of dogs. It is characterised by a persistent, hoarse cough. It can be caused by several airborne bacteria and viruses, however, the bacteria Bordetella Bronchiseptica and Canine Parainfluenza are thought to be the main causes of Canine Cough. Symptoms may also be associated with exposure to certain environmental factors, including irritants such as dust and excessive barking.

Dogs are most commonly affected after interaction with other dogs, with the incubation period varying from a few days to a couple of weeks. The term “Kennel Cough” is actually quite misleading in that many dogs will come into contact with the causative agents in environments other than a boarding kennel. These include the local park, dog training classes and contact with stray dogs. For this reason many Veterinarians now prefer to use the term “Canine Cough” to describe the disease.

While a vaccine is mandatory at the Maraboon Pet Resort to help prevent your dog contracting Canine Cough, it is important to understand that these vaccines are only partially protective. The vaccine aims to prevent your dog from developing the more severe forms of the disease caused by Canine Parainfluenza Type 2 virus and the Bordetella Bronchiseptica bacterium, however, vaccinated dogs are still at risk from the other infectious agents and environmental factors that have been implicated in the syndrome. Although these less severe cases tend to resolve spontaneously after a few days, cough suppressants or antibiotics may occasionally be necessary where symptoms are persistent.

Much like the situation where a child is at risk of contracting a cold or flu at Day Care or school, canine resorts do present a possible risk to your dog with regard to Canine Cough. Such infection can occur despite vaccination, strict hygiene standards and all due care and attention. All possible hygiene, health and safety procedures are carried out here at Maraboon Pet Resort with the utmost importance. Therefore any treatment costs associated with a Canine Cough diagnosis, will not be paid for by MPR.

Please contact your local veterinary clinic for more information.


Parvo Virus

 

The Central Highlands is considered a high risk parvo virus environment. This virus is easily preventable by vaccination but can be very difficult to treat if contracted. Parvovirus causes symptoms such as lethargy, vomiting (often severe), and later in the disease, diarrhoea which often contains mucous or blood. Death can be rapid and treatment often needs to be aggressive and often requires intensive care hospitalisation.

Parvo virus is very contagious and it can be spread by faeces or vomit from affected dogs. Dogs that are not showing symptoms can carry the virus and shed it into the environment also. In the environment, Parvo virus may be very resistant. Strong bleach can kill it but if it is present in the soil, it can remain infective FOR MONTHS TO YEARS. High risk areas that are particularly predisposed to carry parvo virus include rental properties and high dog traffic areas including public parks, dams and walkways.

To remain fully protected, puppies require a series of three vaccinations, beginning from 6 weeks of age and spaced 4 weeks apart. The standard vaccine protects against parvo virus, distemper virus and canine hepatitis virus and will often include protection against canine infectious tracheitis  (canine cough). Puppies are not considered fully protected against these diseases until one week after the final vaccine. Prior to this time, it is very important to keep your puppy away from high dog traffic areas until he/she if fully protected. This may mean keeping your puppy at home and having training sessions either in a protected area (such as puppy preschool) or with other dogs that are fully vaccinated, in a uninfected parvo area. 

Dogs that have received their initial series of vaccinations need to have an annual booster vaccination to remain fully protected throughout their life.

At the Maraboon Pet Resort, ensuring parvo virus does not enter our premise is a very high priority. This is why we require all dogs to be vaccinated against parvo (C5 minimum which includes the parvo component). Vaccination certificates are to be sighted upon admission or prior to staying at the resort, so make sure you bring this with you. For all adult dogs, vaccinations must be up to date and given at least 7 days prior to staying with us. This will ensure the protection of your dog whilst they stay with us. For puppies, the full series of vaccinations must have been completed at least 14 days prior to staying with us. This means that puppies must be at least 18 weeks of age to stay with us. Please be aware that puppy vaccinations may be identified as C4 and BBoral/nasal which is the equivalent of a C5 vaccination and is accepted by us. We are therefore unable to accept any dogs or puppies onto our premise who are not up to date with their vaccinations. 

 

For more information, please contact your veterinary clinic.