Expert Articles: Preventing Kennel Cough Helps Pet Care Facilities Avoid the Need for Treatment for Kennel Cough

Preventing Kennel Cough Helps Pet Care Facilities Avoid the Need for Treatment for Kennel Cough

Kennel cough is one of the most prevalent illnesses transmitted from pet to pet at boarding kennels, groomers and at pet shows and other events where lots of animals gather in one area. Unfortunately, when one cat or dog develops kennel cough, it usually quickly spreads to other animals creating a need for multiple veterinarian visits to ensure every pet gets proper treatment for kennel cough before it develops into something more serious.

Kennel cough is difficult to keep under control because it is caused by more than one culprit. Although 80% of cases of this respiratory illness are caused by the Bordatella bacterium, it can also develop from exposure to the Parainfluenza virus or Adenovirus, all of which are airborne germs. Unfortunately, this means that your dog or cat can be exposed simply by breathing the same air as another animal with kennel cough. Even more disturbing is the fact that pets can be exposed without anyone realizing it - kennel cough is contagious for weeks and even months after the symptoms are gone, making it impossible to tell if the animals in a kennel or other facility are carrying the illness.

Treatment for kennel cough is usually straightforward - veterinarians most often prescribe cough suppressants to limit the irritation caused by the characteristic dry, hacking cough. They'll also often prescribe an antibiotic if tests indicate the illness is bacterial in origin. But in some cases, especially in older pets, those with a compromised immune system and puppies, kennel cough can evolve into something much more dangerous such as pneumonia. In cases of secondary infection, a pet can develop fluid in the lungs and other complications that can be serious or fatal. This is why it's so much better to prevent kennel cough than to treat it after the fact.

Preventing Kennel Cough at Kennels and Groomers

Individual pet owners can get their pets vaccinated against Bordatella if they will be around other animals in close quarters such as a boarding kennel or at pet shows. In most cases, a veterinarian will suggest immunization once a year or, in some cases, every six months. But this vaccine doesn't protect against every cause of kennel cough. The only way to completely prevent kennel cough is to keep your pet away from all other animals, which is hardly realistic.

If you are a pet groomer or run a pet boarding kennel, you can offer your customers the next best thing in protection by ensuring that airborne germs such as the ones that cause kennel cough are filtered out of the air. Fortunately, the PetAirapy disinfectant and purification systems removes or kills the airborne pathogens that cause kennel cough, including the Bordatella, Parainfluenza and Adenovirus.

Recirculated air that is breathed by multiple cats and dogs will naturally spread any germs that are inhaled and exhaled, but a proper air cleaning system can remove or destroy germs so that they aren't passed from one pet to another. The PetAirapy system does this two ways - it uses a special micro allergen filter to clean the air and remove impurities that can irritate the air passages, and its unique UV light system actually kills the germs that cause disease. Kennels using the PetAirapy system can assure their customers that treatment for kennel cough won't be an added expense or concern because their pets' respiratory health is fully protected by the PetAirapy system.

If you own a kennel, grooming facility or other pet care facility, PetAirapy can provide a customized system based on the number of animals you have and the size of your space and the type of furnace and/or air conditioning system you use. This way you can effectively protect every animal in your care against kennel cough and give your customers true peace of mind.