If your holiday travel excludes your furry friend, keep in mind that kennels require current vaccinations, particularly for canine infectious respiratory disease (CIRD), commonly known as kennel cough. If you're taking your pal along, you'll still need current vaccinations because kennel cough thrives in any setting where dogs are in close contact. Whether it's greeting your visiting cousin's dog Snots or just a quick bathroom stop on the road, make sure your dog is protected from anything other dogs may be carrying.
In a press release dated Oct. 31, 2013, Boehringer Ingelheim, the makers of Bronchi-Shield® ORAL, an oral kennel cough vaccine warn dog owners that holiday boarding season is also peak season for kennel cough. According to the press release, "Kennel cough (CIRD) is not a life threatening disease, but many dogs are exposed and at risk on a day to day basis if they are around other dogs," said Michael Paul, DVM. "The disease is in large part preventable by using a CIRD vaccine. Recently a new easily administered oral vaccine was introduced and has been shown to be highly effective."
Dog owners should know the symptoms of kennel cough. In addition to the trademark dry, hacking cough, infected dogs may have a diminished appetite, decreased energy levels, a low fever, and other signs of CIRD. If you think your dog might have kennel cough, experts advise isolation from other animals a visit to the veterinarian.