Boarding Kennel FAQs

What is Kennel Cough?

Kennel or Canine Cough (Infectious Tracheobronchitis) is the common cold for dogs. It is a contagious upper respiratory disease that is an airborne virus, and symptoms can include a gagging cough, sneezing, and nasal discharge. These symptoms can last from a few days to a few weeks. While canine cough is hard for owners to live with and annoying for your dog, it is not a serious disease, though it can lower a dog’s immune system, making it more susceptible to other infections.

Kennel Cough does not originate from kennels but can be brought to the kennel by an infected dog. As the virus is airborne a dog could catch it in their own backyard or from walking in the park, and so no amount of supervision or sanitation can prevent a dog from catching the virus.

Shady Acres holds itself up to a very high standard of hygiene, and strives every day to ensure each and every dog is at their healthiest. This is done by the strict adherence of the twice daily cleaning and hosing of kennels, as well as the ventilation system to minimise airborne contamination. Dogs are also inspected for illness each day, so any signs of sickness will be quickly attended to by the professionals on staff or by the vet you have specified. All dogs must also be immunised to Canine Cough before staying at Shady Acres.