As was reported today in the Naperville Patch by Editor Shannon Antinori, one particular Naperville Dog Park is the site of impending Kennel Cough. Pet parents are shying away from taking their pooches to such a location to play when they could get ill instead.
Kennel Cough or canine infectious tracheobronchitis, can stem from multiple causes, the most common is a bacterium called Bordetella bronchiseptica m. Many times, dogs will be more susceptible to bacterium if it is piggy-backed onto a virus the dog already has. When a dog gets the infection, his or her larynx (voice box) and trachea (windpipe) become inflamed thus the dog may sound as though it is choking on something.
Although kennel cough sounds horrible, ordinarily it is not serious, but in some pets if it is left untreated, it could develop into pneumonia. Most dogs are able to recover though – even without veterinary treatment. But who wants their dog to be uncomfortable just because they went out to play?
Many people want to know for certain that Kennel Cough is abound, however. Well, veterinarians have confirmed this respiratory infection in several dogs according to the Forest Preserve District of Will County. The Park in question is Whalon Lake Dog Park in the Will County Forest Preserve District. It is the dog park located on Royce Road in Naperville.
Word got out when several members of the Whalon Lake Dog Park Facebook group posted reports about their dogs becoming ill after having visited the park. Several reports were filed with the Forest Preserve District on Monday about the upper respiratory infections in the dogs.
While dogs are many times considered furry family members, there is sometimes hesitation when it comes to having expensive tests done on their animal friends, thus it is not always easy to narrow down the source of the issue. But a Bolingbrook veterinarian did admit to treating at least three canines for respiratory infections during the past week. Treatment I exacted through the form of antibiotics for a period of seven to 10 days.
Sources for kennel cough vary. Many times we will hear of this in shelters or in particular foster homes for various rescues. Dogs may also contract the disease while getting groomed, visiting pet shops, while at the vet or even if they live in an apartment building where many dogs reside. It does not mean that they could or will get kennel cough from a dog park!
In order to be proactive though, it is advised that dogs not attend public places if they are exhibiting respiratory illness symptoms. The point is to protect other animals from contracting the illness.
If you have plans to visit this particular dog park, you may want to reconsider for a while. If your dog is ill, get them to their vet. Again, kennel cough is ordinarily not serious, but good pet parents will still want to protect their pooches from a case of bronchial infection!