What the HACK!?

WYou know the sound. That dry hacking cough, followed by an exaggerated attempt to retch or gag. Yep that’s probably kennel cough- one of the most common causes of acute respiratory disease in dogs.

Now don’t be fooled by the name. Only 40% of kennel cough cases are the result of boarding at a kennel or animal shelter. In fact, over 30% of kennel cough cases are due to exposure to local environments, such as dog parks, pet stores, grooming facilities, doggie daycares, and obedience classes. Because of this, kennel cough is now referred to as Canine Infectious Respiratory Disease or CIRD.

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