Kennel cough numbers up

RENO, Nev. (KOLO) Not only are numbers up in humans with the flu; kennel cough numbers are up. Damonte Ranch Animal Hospital Veterinarian Kody Carr says they are seeing about 10 cases per week.

"We've been hit pretty hard," he says. "Not only with human flu but with kennel cough as well, so we've been treating a lot."

Kennel cough is a respiratory infection that can be treated with antibiotics.

"It's not going to be a magic pill that gets them better instantly," Carr says, "But over a couple of weeks you should see significant improvement."

Carr says they typically see more cases during the holiday season because owners are boarding their dogs when traveling.

"Not that boarding facilities are doing a bad job of keeping things clean," he says. "It's just a part of what it means to have your dogs around other dogs."

Carr recommends that owners who plan to board their dogs get them vaccinated.

"We do routinely give the vaccine to make sure we're protecting those animals against that," Carr says.

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