Kennel Cough is a highly contagious respiratory disease. First introduced to Canada in 2017 after multiple arriving of rescue dogs form Aisa. In Canada, rescue dogs are not in a conservation area for 6 months as in another country and it brings a lot of new viruses and sicknesses to the animals and humans here.
Because of this, we have to be very careful and check periodically medical statements form the Veterinary Departments, our own Vet Clinics and react appropriately following the advice from professional specialists.
Dogs commonly contract a kennel cough at places where large amounts of canines congregate, such as boarding and daycare facilities, dog parks, training groups, and most of the dog shows.
Lately, every fall season brings more and more cases with kennel coughs to our fur family members.
CKC (Canadian Kennel Club) strongly recommend to visit Vet Clinics and talk to your Vet Doctor and not follow the instructions form another per owners to stop spreading the very dangerous virus.
Some home TIPS if your dog got a cough and in the early stages you can help with a natural remedy
Raw honey will ease the discomfort of coughing, and certain herbs will soothe and naturally suppress a cough, among them licorice root and marshmallow. essential oils can be used to help a pup with a kennel cough breathe easier. Oils of eucalyptus, lavender and tea tree have antibacterial and antiviral properties. Colloidal Silver can help with the immune system in general and it can be used as preventive maintenance as well. Colloidal silver can be an effective natural remedy to treat also lung infections, bronchitis, viruses, colds, and the flu because silver directly kills the germs or pathogens. You can find that drops on the Internet and in will be in your house in a couple of days. I use AMAZON.ca to get fast delivery.
Lavender oil (my favorite).
Lavender oil is widely used for various respiratory problems including throat infection, flu, cough, cold, asthma, sinus congestion, bronchitis, whooping cough, laryngitis, and tonsillitis. It can be put in in an aromatherapy essential oil diffuser or alternatively, it can be topically applied to the skin of neck, chest, and back. It is also added to many vaporizers and inhalers that are commonly used for cold and cough. The stimulating nature of lavender essential oil can also loosen up the phlegm and relieve congestion associated with respiratory conditions, thus speeding up the recovery process and helping the body naturally eliminate phlegm and other unwanted material. The vapor of lavender essential oil also has antibacterial qualities which can battle respiratory tract infections, the antifungal ability will help you with spore rooted infections on paws, dog skin, etc
Info from Canadian Kennel Club November 2018
Check with CKC all warnings and details
Know the Risks and Take Steps to Minimize Exposure
Canine Influenza Virus (CIV)
Canine Influenza is caused by two separate virus strains, the less common H3N8 CIV and H2N3 CIV, which was introduced into the USA in 2015 from Asia and first seen in Canada in 2017. Symptoms are the same as Kennel Cough: coughing, sneezing, and nasal discharge. Dogs of any age can be affected, particularly given that adult dogs in Canada have not acquired immunity to this recently introduced pathogen, although the disease is more likely to be severe in young puppies and older dogs, as well as brachycephalic breeds. Secondary pneumonia is a risk factor. Infected dogs can start shedding the virus before the onset of symptoms and for up to 14 days afterward. Transmission is through inhalation or contact with items such as clothing, bowls, shoes. CIV is killed by most common cleaning agents. A vaccine is available commercially. CIV vaccination is a non-core vaccine and should be evaluated on the risk of exposure and the risk of complications from an infection.
Infectious diseases are always a risk, and The Canadian Kennel Club Genetics & Medical Committee wishes to remind breeders and owners of the best practices for limiting the spread of infectious diseases, and the unique concerns for animals entered in the Baby Puppy Class.