Countering winter coughs

 
By Connie Orcutt • Published: February 1st, 2016
Category: Animal Airwaves
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Just like you’re vulnerable to winter colds, your pooch is at risk of contracting an infectious cough this season. Don’t worry — your dog can’t catch your cold. But pooches pass plenty of other infections among themselves.

Assuming your four-legged friend is kept cozy during the winter, cold temperatures aren’t to blame. It’s the increased time your buddy spends inside. A doggy day care center is akin to your workplace — where coughing, sniffling coworkers unwittingly spread their germs. The difference is that dogs often meet and greet by mouthing each other, which is a very efficient way to share infections.

You can help protect your pooch from respiratory ailments this winter with a bordetella vaccination. Whether your dog’s at day care, the kennel or just hanging with her pooch pals, she’ll be better equipped to fend off pesky germs.