New strain of kennel cough hits area

Posted at 7:15 PM, Feb 12, 2016
and last updated 2016-02-12 20:15:49-05
A new strain of kennel cough has dog owners worried. Experts say our area is the latest to get hit.
Kennel cough hits veterinarian clinics and shelters. Older dogs and puppies are at the greatest risk of getting it.  
"The biggest thing that I am telling my clients right now is if you're planning on doing any doggy day care, boarding or grooming, call the facility to see if they have the organism. If they don't, you're usually safe to do it," said Dr. Michael Gass of the Animal Hospital of Ashwaubenon.
Symptoms of kennel cough include a persistent, dry cough with a honking sound, fever, nasal discharge and gagging.
If your dog seems sick, keep your pet away from other animals and take it to the vet right away.