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October 2009


Kennel Cough Update

Applause For Paws Agility Club have decided, along with some other local dog training clubs, to close for the week 26th Oct - 1st Nov to try to halt the spread of Kennel Cough in the area.


Many people are confused about Kennel Cough so we have compiled a question and answer section below to help dog owners. Please remember these notes are written by a lay person and not by a vet. If worried or in doubt please speak to your vet.


Does my dog have to have been in kennels to get Kennel Cough?
No. The illness is called Kennel Cough because it is often contracted when dogs are in close proximity such as boarding kennels, training clubs or in areas where lots of dogs are exercised.


How can my dog catch Kennel Cough?

Kennel cough can be contracted by contact with infected dogs or inhaling droplets released when an infected dog coughs or sneezes. It can also be passed on by contact with the owners’ clothes, hands or the environment that an infected dog has been in.


What is the incubation period?

Commonly between 5-10days but this can vary and be longer or shorter.


What are the symptoms?

Again these can vary. Most dogs are very bright with good appetite. The cough sounds like the dog has something stuck in it's throat or as if it is about to be sick. The cough is often worse when the dog pulls on it's collar or after exercise. Sometimes there is no cough but the dog sneezes a lot instead. In most cases the dog has a normal temperature.


What should I do if I think my dog has Kennel Cough?

Keep you dog quiet and avoid excitement or too much exercise. Keep your dog in your garden so to avoid spreading the disease. Advise your dog training club so that they can warn other dog owners in your group. Giving your dog a teaspoon of honey 3-4 times a day can help soothe an irritated throat.


Should I go to the vet?

Most dogs recover with out medication but either if your dog's cough persists, if it has other underlining medical problems, can not keep down food or water. has disturbed sleep or is very old or young a visit to the vet is a good idea.

As in all things 'if in doubt give the vet a shout'.


Kennel cough does not sound too bad - why should I worry?

As stated above most fit. healthy dogs recover well but Kennel Cough can be fatal to both the young and older dogs or those with additional health problems. Persistent coughing can also cause long term damage to the dog's throat in extreme cases.


How can I prevent my dog getting Kennel cough?

Dogs can be vaccinated against Kennel Cough. If you wish to put your dog in boarding kennels most kennels insist on vaccination.


Is there any thing else I should do?

If you think your dog has come into contact with a dog with Kennel Cough keep it at home until after the incubation period to avoid spreading the disease.



February 2009

As the agility show season is starting to get under way I thought a reminder of how faults and eliminations occur might be of help to our members. I am sure I am going to miss some out - or even get some wrong - so do email in any queries or changes that you think might be of help.


¨ Eliminations or “the big E” are gained by any one of the following;

¨ Dog fouling in the ring.

¨ Dog leaving the ring.

¨ Handler using treats in the ring.

¨ Handler carrying a toy in the ring.

¨ Taking the wrong course.

¨ Dog doing the equipment in the wrong order.

¨ Dog refusing or running past any combinations of obstacles 3 times.  

¨ Jumping a jump in the wrong direction i.e. back jumping.

¨ Harsh handling.

¨ Having any attachment to dogs collar i.e. name tag.

¨ Judge deeming the dog to be unfit to compete i.e. lame.

¨ Dog and/or handler starting the course before the scrimer has said they may start. 


30th June 2008

Recent events have shown us how hard it is to get the antidote to adder venom at local vets. The club is therefore in the process of offering payment in advance to various local vets to allow them to keep stock of the potentially life saving antiserum. Club members will in the future be able to obtain treatment with this antidote to adder bites, if necessary, from Barrow Hill Veterinary Hospital in Ashford Tel 01233 624 687.

The club intends to start a fund raising scheme to ensure that the antiserum will be available across the county and will undertake to replace these stocks once the antiserum is nearing the end of its shelf life. More details of the fundraising for our snakebite serum scheme and also a list of the veterinary practices holding supplies of adder snake bite antidote coming soon.

If you want to check you know your adder markings from your grass snake click here

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