Dogs in Canada are being diagnosed more often with kennel cough, a bronchial condition especially common in the Prairies right now.
Veterinarian Jasmine Dhillon at the University of Saskatchewan says it’s unlikely it would get bad enough to spread to dog-owners. She says the only ones who could possibly be affected would be immune-compromised individuals, and that is in cases of certain rare strains of the disease.
Veterinarians say one of the reasons for an increase in diagnosis could be more dogs going into kennels or doggie-daycares overall. It is especially prevalent at this time of year as prairie residents are more likely to travel somewhere warm.
Dhillon says that you should watch for a forced, barking cough, a runny nose, and clear eye discharge in your dog. If you see those symptoms you should get your dog to a vet as soon as possible and keep them from socializing.
She adds even when the dog seems to be getting better, a couple of weeks away from other dogs is a good idea, as the condition is extremely contagious.