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Kennel Cough Policy

How big a problem is kennel cough?

Approx. 65,000 cases seen by vets in Britain last year

Persistent dry, ‘honking’ cough

Can last for weeks

Affects dogs of all ages

Highly contagious

Serious cases may result in pneumonia

May prove fatal in susceptible individuals – ie. Very old, very young or ill


Is your dog at risk? YES!

Optimum protection is not normally provided by routine annual


Kennel cough is easily transmitted between dogs

A recent survey suggests that less than half of all outbreaks arise in


Kennel cough can be caught:

In the park
At dog shows
At training classes
From the dog next door

In fact anywhere that dogs meet…….as well as in boarding kennels!

Kennel cough is an airborne virus and therefore direct contact is not

needed to contract the virus.

Can I treat or prevent it?

By the time the cough starts, the damage is done

The incubation period is anything from 3-10 days, during which time no

symptoms are evident

Antibiotics often have limited impact

Routine vaccines do not normally provide optimum protection: Prevention

is better than cure: specific vaccines are available

Ask your vet for more information

We use Chine house Vets in Sileby

Our usual vet is Martin Rudkin

01509 812446

Our ‘Kennel Cough Policy’

All dogs coming onto site must have had their kennel cough vaccination at

least 14 days before coming onto site

We ask that you do not allow your dog out of the vehicle or bring your dog
into the reception area until we are able to check that they are up to date
with all vaccinations. The policy also limits any issues within the reception


We will not check in any dog that appears to have the symptoms of kennel
cough and ask that you respect our decision and apologise in advance if

we may need to refuse admission.

How we Manage Kennel Cough Here

We abide by the above ‘kennel cough policy’

We will segregate and medicate any dogs we feel may have kennel cough

whilst with us

We use a product called ‘Parvo Verucide’

We use this by spraying all areas of the kennels both am and pm

We use this within all of our mop buckets

We clean all kennels out with this twice a day and at the end of a stay

We use this product on all of our surfaces

In fact we use this product for everything!!!!!

We ask all customers to notify us of any cases of kennel cough on leaving

the kennels.


If a dog is not showing symptoms of the kennel cough, neither you nor our
staff will be able to know that a dog either checking in or checking out has

the virus until the symptoms appear.

We do not ‘blame’ customers and ask for the same in return.

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