At Dogtopia, we are committed to keeping your dog safe and healthy. In any social environment where dogs interact, “canine cough” can occur. Similar to a chest cold for humans, it can be caused by an airborne bacteria or virus, which is contagious and spreads through contact with infected dogs. We have had two confirmed cases this week and wanted to make sure all of our pet parents are up-to-date on what this means for your dogs.

As with a child daycare environment, dog daycare may expose your dog to illnesses even with our rigorous environmental cleaning. To prevent canine cough from spreading in our facilities, our playrooms are sanitized from top to bottom twice daily with canine-safe cleaning products. Additionally, we wash all collars, beds, towels and any other fabric surfaces daily. Since notification of the confirmed cases, all team members entering and exiting playrooms are also committed to thoroughly disinfecting their clothes and shoes to minimize the spread.

All dogs that come to daycare, boarding or grooming are required to be kept up to date on vaccines. The Bordetella vaccine offers protection from contagious bacteria and a few viruses. We also strongly recommend the canine influenza vaccine (both strains) . Vaccines help prevent or minimize symptoms and transmission of some of the causes of canine cough, but are not always 100% effective against all strains of the virus.

If your dog exhibits a dry hacking cough, retching or nasal discharge, they may have a case of canine cough. Normally, canine cough will run its course, like a common cold in humans. Consult your veterinarian if your dog shows signs of illness. If your dog is showing any of the symptoms above, please keep them home from daycare!

Canine Cough causes