PADS members are advised that the committee has been notified of 3 member dogs from 2 different families that have been diagnosed with canine cough. The affected dogs were at Canine Disc on Tuesday 13th November and one was at Beginners Agility on Wednesday 14th November.
Please familiarise yourselves with and remain vigilant for the signs of Canine cough. Any diagnosis in a dog who has been on the PADS grounds must be reported to the committee ASAP for the safety of other member dogs. A mandatory 3 week quarantine from club activities is required following diagnosis.
The following information may help those of you who aren't familiar with Canine Cough. It is general information taken from another source and please note - symptoms may vary:
HOW DID MY DOG CATCH CANINE COUGH?
Dogs can catch canine cough in several ways. It can spread through aerosols in the air, directly from dog to dog, or through germs on contaminated objects. Canine cough is often spread in enclosed areas with poor air circulation while boarding in a kennel or an animal shelter, for example, or through direct contact while sitting in a vaccination clinic, training class or dog-grooming facility.
Canine cough is so contagious that your pet might even catch it from sharing a water dish at the dog park or by simply greeting another dog. Most kennels will not board your pet without proof of a recent vaccination against parainfluenza and bordetella, two of the main causes of canine cough.
WHAT ARE THE GENERAL SYMPTOMS OF CANINE COUGH?
A persistent dry cough with a 'honking' sound is the main clue your dog's caught canine cough. In most cases, she'll appear healthy except for the cough. Her appetite and activity level usually won't change, but don't be alarmed if she gags and coughs up a white, foamy phlegm.These signs are often worse after exercise, or if she's excited or pulls against her collar. Some dogs may also develop a fever and nasal discharge.
Canine cough is to dogs like the flu is to humans. There are different strains and what can affect one dog may not affect the next exactly like the human flu. ...
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