We remain open to provide care for your pets. We are following the direction of government and regulatory authorities and have implemented hospital and visit protocols to keep both you and our team safe. For regular updates on our hours and visit protocols, please follow our social media platforms.

Kennel Cough

Recently we have seen an increased number of dogs with suspect ‘kennel cough’ type symptoms.

‘Kennel cough’ or infectious tracheobronchitis is infectious bronchitis of dogs characterized by a harsh, hacking cough.

Typically, dogs become infected when they spend time in contact with other, infected dogs — for example — off-leash dog parks, doggy daycare, boarding kennels, even play-dates with an infected dog.

The incubation period can be from 2-14 days. Most healthy dogs who contract kennel cough will exhibit a very hoarse, honking cough for anywhere from 3-5 days and up to 1-2 weeks. Most dogs will have an irritating, annoying cough that will resolve on it owns without treatment.

However, a small number of dogs can develop secondary nasal infections or even pneumonia. Dogs at risk for developing an illness due to kennel cough would be young puppies, senior dogs, those that are already immunocompromised or have underlying heart disease or respiratory condition.

Most dogs will get over a case of kennel cough in a few days without any medical intervention. Some will need symptomatic relief with a cough suppressant.

Dogs who seem unwell, are very lethargic, have a reduced appetite or have nasal discharge should be taken to their veterinarian.

Due to the highly contagious nature of kennel cough, if you do make a veterinary appointment for your dog, we will ask you to please leave your pet in your vehicle until he or she can be seen by the veterinarian.

If you have any questions regarding the duration or nature of your dog’s cough, please contact us at the veterinary hospital.

Written by: Oakbank Animal Hospital

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Kennel Cough

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Last updated: May 11, 2020

Dear Clients,

With recent changes to restrictions on businesses, we are pleased to advise that effective May 11, 2020 the restrictions on veterinary practices have been lifted. Based on these changes, below are some important updates to our operating policies.

1. WE CAN NOW SEE ALL CASES BY APPOINTMENT ONLY

This includes vaccines, wellness exams, blood work, heartworm testing, spays and neuters, dental services, and more!

2. SAFETY MEASURES TO KEEP EVERYONE SAFE

3. ONLINE CONSULTATIONS ARE AVAILABLE

If you wish to connect with a veterinarian via message, phone or video, visit our website and follow the "Online Consultation" link.

4. OPERATING HOURS

We are OPEN with the following hours:

- Monday to Thursday: 8:00 am - 5:30 pm
- Friday: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
- Saturday: 8:00 am - 1:00 pm
- Sunday: CLOSED

Note: Because of the current situation, we are not able to provide after hour calls at this time. Please call Bridgwater Veterinary Hospital (204-452-0911) for any after-hours emergencies.

Thank you for your patience and understanding and we look forward to seeing you and your furry family members again!

- Your dedicated team at Oakbank Animal Hospital