The Veterinary Council in New Zealand warns about the spread of Kennel Cough also known as Canine Cough around the country.
Canine Cough is an infectious respiratory disease in dogs showing the symptoms like high pitched cough, bark that sounds like a goose honk, nasal discharge and loss of appetite.
Kennel Cough is a current epidemic happening in New Zealand which is caused due to the already present disease agent in New Zealand.
The disease poses no threat to humans as they are not transmitted from dogs to humans. Canine cough is often caused due to environmental factors like humidity and dust.
Canine cough is transmitted from dog to dog by sneezing, coughing, and sharing the same food or water bowls.
Like we adopted preventive measures like isolation during the Covid-19 pandemic, dogs should also be isolated when suffering from canine cough. The vet should be called to a place of isolation and should follow their advice and medications for the treatment.
Professional advisor, Selton Butler says that the outbreak of canine cough may be due to more dogs socializing during the Covid-19 restrictions.
For avoiding and preventing canine cough there is a vaccine available which should be given to your dog when they are a puppy. The vaccine requires a booster dose every 6 to 12 months.