The Kennel Cough is back!

 

This is to confirm that we had a few cases of suspected kennel cough recently and that the numbers are on the rise.
Your dog does not necessarily have to been boarded by a kennel to contract this disease, but kennel cough is highly contagious and can spread extremely fast in multi dog households or anywhere where several dogs get together (e.g. agility classes, waiting room at the vets etc.).

Kennel cough is a multi factorial disease and is caused by a mixture of viruses and bacteria. It can take up to three weeks for a dog to get over this, but most dogs are expected to make a full recovery. Some very young or old or immune compromised animals may show a more severe form of kennel cough or suffer from complications.

Other than the typical hacking couch and retching some dogs show a high temperature, may be off food and lethargic.

Some dogs profit from antibiotics to weaken the bacterial input of this disease and/or from non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs to lower the temperature and ease throat pain.

In all cases: please keep your dog away form other animals, try to avoid walking in highly frequented areas, wash and disinfect your hands and if possible change your clothes before touching other dogs.

Should you decide to have your dog vaccinated against kennel cough please be aware that the first vaccination (or a subsequent vaccination that has been given more than a year after the last one, might need 3 weeks to provide optimal protection). The safest way is to booster against kennel cough every 12 months (or in areas with extremely high infection pressure even every 6 months). Goods news are that the vaccine is a one-off, so does not need to be “restarted” and repeated after 4 weeks like for example the distemper vaccination. Please contact us on 01398323285 should you have any queries.

 


Opening hours


DULVERTON PRACTICE:
Mon-Fri: 9:00AM - 5:00PM
-by appointment only-
Saturday: 9:00AM - 11:00AM
- by appointment only-

BAMPTON PRACTICE:
Tue AND Fri: 3:30PM - 4:00PM
- by appoinment only-

TELEPHONE NUMBER: 01398 323285

Good to know


Covid-19 latest

We have received a lot of positive feedback from our clients regarding our appointment system which has been in place since the start of the pandemic. The main advantages of this system other than keeping us all safer, are:
  • no overcrowding of the car park
  • reduced waiting times
  • less stress for the animals
We therefore decided as a practice to stick to our appointment only system and not to return to open surgeries even in a post pandemic environment. We will therefore not be holding any more vaccination clinics. We are currently still not allowing any people in the building.
For full details please see our

Coronavirus Policy!

 


Repeat Prescriptions

We can be extremely busy at times, so if we have seen your pet within the last 6 months, please ring or email us with your request and we will have it ready for you when you arrive. We are also happy to prepare flea & tick & worming treatments in advance. Tel:01398 323285

Please ring us during opening times (9:00am -5:00pm), if possible 24 hours in advance, in case your prescription needs to be ordered in.