VANCOUVER, Canada — Veterinarians in the Metro Vancouver and the Fraser Valley area of British Columbia are concerned about the rise in cases of vaccine-resistant kennel cough. They are encouraging dog owners to keep a close eye on their lovable creatures during this outbreak.
“I’ve never had that many cases in such a short period of time,” Dr. Adrian Walton told CTV News. He added that he is seeing upwards of 16 cases each day come though his office.
Also known as canine infectious tracheobronchitis or Bordetella, named after the type of bacteria that causes the cough, is a highly infectious respiratory disease.
Although there is a vaccine for Bordetella, this strain of cough seems to be resistant.
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“We think this is either not the normal kennel cough — in other words there’s been some genetic shift – or we’re dealing with something completely different,” Dr. Walton said.
The disease consists of dry coughing spells which could result in coughing up white and foamy discharge. In come cases, dogs will also develop conjunctivitis, an inflammation of the membrane that lines the eyelids.
Dogs with short muzzles, or Brachycephalic dogs, are the most at risk. Brachycephalic dogs include Pugs, Boston Terriers, French Bulldogs, Shih Tzus and Pekinese.
Owners should contact their vet immediately if they believe their dog has contracted kennel cough, especially if the dog is breathing rapidly and not eating.
Although most cases of kennel cough aren’t dangerous, it can be very damaging to dogs who are immunocompromised, young puppies and senior dogs.