We have been hearing word of kennel cough (infectious canine tracheobronchitis) being on the rise in Berkeley and surrounding areas. While we have not noticed an increase here at Campus Veterinary Clinic, a few other clinics have.
Right now we have no way to vouch for the accuracy of these reports. We do however encourage you to keep your dogs vaccinated against kennel cough. Bordatella is an annual vaccine that protects against this bronchitis-like airborne disease. If your dog is at higher risk for infection or you have concerns about infection it may be administered every 6 months. Symptoms are characterized by a hacking cough, watery nasal discharge and lethargy. In more serious or untreated cases, this can lead to pneumonia and fever. It is highly contagious and most commonly occurs where dogs are in close contact with each other (kennels, dog parks).
Contact our staff if you have any questions or concerns. Learn more about kennel cough by clicking here. Please call our clinic if your dog needs an updated Bordatella vaccine.