Many of you are aware that dogs get “cold” viruses and bacterial infections because your dogs get Bordetella vaccines, which help prevent these illnesses. But did you know that these concerns are greater in some seasons, just like they are with people? With increases in boarding, daycare and traveling during the holidays, we see more “kennel cough” and canine influenza in the winter months.

Here are some tips for making the season easier for all pet owners:

1. Vaccinate! All dogs that stay at our Pet Resort must be vaccinated at least seven days before staying with us. If you are taking your dogs to play areas, pet stores or other doggy gathering places outside of Overland, make sure your pups are vaccinated. If you notice dogs coughing in these spaces, consider leaving and coming back another time. The organisms causing these diseases are airborne, so it’s easy for dogs to pass them on. We offer both Bordetella (kennel cough) vaccines and canine influenza vaccines. While we currently don’t require influenza vaccines before boarding, we strongly encourage them, especially for senior pets and pets with weaker immune systems.

2. Keep coughing dogs home. If your dog is coughing or showing other signs, please don’t bring him or her to play or boarding. We are happy to see your pet and prescribe medicine when necessary! But, since no vaccine is 100% effective, we ask you to keep coughing pets away from group situations until they have not been coughing for about one to two weeks.

No one can prevent all cold and flu infections. But by being careful and considerate, we can make this season less stressful for everyone!

Need more help getting through the winter with your pet? Contact Overland Animal Hospital & Pet Resort by calling