Kennel cough vaccine shortage

There is a nationwide supply issue with the Kennel Cough (KC) Vaccine.
We are not sure how long this will last and current stocks are quite low.
We know some Vets are prioritising  the remaining KC supplies for those people with dogs going into kennels in the next few weeks (while stocks last). Those who require the KC vaccine with less urgency will be notified when the vaccine is back in stock and then will be able to come back to see a nurse for the vaccine.
In the short term we will except a Kennel cough disclaimer form to be signed if you are really struggling to get hold of this vaccine with your Vet.
 
What is kennel cough?

Kennel cough is a non-fatal respiratory infection, affecting the dog’s airways. It can be caused by a few different germs (bacteria and viruses), but the main one involved is Bordetella bronchiseptica.

The most common symptoms of kennel cough are;

  • A retching/hacking cough – some owners describe their dog sounding like there is something stuck in their throat
  • Bringing up bile or phlegm
  • A sensitive throat – tugging on their collar may start a coughing episode
  • Changes in appetite
  • Sneezing, with a runny nose or eyes

The disease is usually self-limiting which means most dogs will recover by themselves, but it can take a couple of weeks. Very occasionally, they may benefit from treatments such as anti-inflammatories or antibiotics. Usually in very young or very old patients at risk from pneumonia. This is different from some of the other viruses we vaccinate for which can cause serious and fatal illness, such as distemper and parvovirus.

 
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