« I went to a dog show last week-end. Few days ago, one dog started coughing. I did not worry so much at that time, but now it seems to spread inside my kennel ! I think that's kennel cough I’m dealing with here ! I currently have puppies, a bitch that is pregnant… What are the risks & what can I do about it ? »
Ever heard ( or seen ) this type of discussion ? If you breed dogs, I'd bet you did. They are definitely not uncommon for us who work with dog breeders. And this morning when I typed « kennel cough » in the Facebook search engine, the results were quite edifying : 88,427 people were actually talking about it !!! Somehow, it makes sense : kennel cough is indeed often cited as « THE most common infectious disease » encountered in kennels. No wonder it raises so many questions then.
If you quickly browse the web, you will come across the following words : « highly contagious », « multifactorial », « acute », « infectious », « easily spread »... You might encounter LOTS of synonymous (IMO, definitely quite confusing) : « tracheobronchitis », « upper respiratory disease », « canine cough syndrome », « canine infectious respiratory disease » (or CIRD if you like acronyms), « bordetellosis », …
There are lots of information available, no doubt about this. However, when I take a look, all those blogs & articles very often focus on individual cases. Sure this is important, but when it comes to your kennel - especially if you are a breeding kennel -, I believe you need to see things from a different angle as well. Because you will ALWAYS need to keep an eye on the big picture.
That’s why we brought our team of experts in kennel management together : we wanted to come up with practical points dog breeders could focus on in order to prevent kennel cough from entering their structure. Or to keep it at bay in case an outbreak ever occurs. End of March, we will share with you guys our thoughts, during our next webinar series.
Registrations are now open - and free - so don’t hesitate to join us ! It is going to be an interesting & interactive online discussion ! I know I am definitely looking forward to it !