Recent cases of canine cough (commonly known as kennel cough) in the Ashburton dog pound is prompting calls for residents to ensure their dogs are vaccinated against the disease.
Ashburton District Council Environmental Monitoring Manager Rick Catchpowle says three dogs have recently been diagnosed with the disease, and it's a timely reminder for the community to get their dogs vaccinated if they haven't already done so.
"Kennel cough is a contagious respiratory disease. Dogs that spent time in boarding facilities or shows and are around a large number of other dogs are at a higher risk of contracting the disease, so it's important owners get their dogs vaccinated."
Kennel cough's symptoms include a persistent cough, retching and watery nasal discharge. In severe cases, it can include pneumonia, fever and loss of appetite, and can even lead to death.
Vaccination for kennel cough is not usually included in a dog's regular vaccinations as a puppy, but should be considered by people who bring their dogs into contact with a lot of other dogs.
For more information, contact your local veterinarian.