Emergency Situation: Loudon TN.
There is an emergency situation at the Loudon County Animal Shelter. Located at 250 Jamie Drive Loudon, TN 37774 .865-458-5593
There has been a kennel cough outbreak and there is no quarantine options at the shelter. The rescue co-coordinator April Kennedy, they are seeking rescues that can pull the animals so that the outbreak does not get worse.
“We have had an out break of kennel cough, the dogs in the kennel and one in the puppy room are coughing and very sick with this. We can not house sick animals here because we are an open intake shelter and the drop offs never stop so we are unable to quarantine the sick. As most of you know kennel cough can be treated and usually goes away with no residual side effects, however for a few it can entail more serious side effects such as pneumonia. We have to find placement for the dogs here as soon as possible to help reduce the spread of this infection. Please let me know ASAP if you can pull even just one. We have so many wonderful dogs and puppies here.” Says Rescue Co coordinator April Kennedy.
Kennel Cough is a treatable upper respiratory disease that according to the ASPCA website (http://www.aspca.org/pet-care/dog-care/dog-care-kennel-cough.aspx ) is a highly contagious bacterial or viral infection that causes inflammation to the dogs voice box and windpipe and is similar to a chest cold in humans. The website further explains that it usually clears up on its own however it is very contagious to other dogs.
A dog with kennel cough should be isolated immediately and therein lies the problem with these dogs. Many animal control facilities and shelters are not equip t to handle quarantine situations and these dogs while easily treated could spread the disease to every dog that enters the facility simply by being in the shelter, sharing a water bowl etc. Please consider helping this shelter.
A few tips on caring for a dog with Kennel cough, according to the ASPCA website:
It’s smart to see your veterinarian if your dog develops a cough. In some cases, you may be advised to simply let kennel cough run its course and heed the following:
Dogs with kennel cough should be isolated from other dogs.
A humidifier or vaporizer can provide some relief. You can also allow your dog into the bathroom while you shower. The steam will help soothe her irritated breathing passages.
Avoid exposing her to cigarette smoke or other noxious, irritating fumes.
A cough suppressant or antimicrobial may be described. Your vet can be able to determine if they would be helpful to your dog.
If your dog pulls against her collar while being walked, replace it with a harness until the coughing subsides.
Supportive care is very important—be sure your dog is eating, drinking and in a stress-free environment.
To offer assistance to this shelter please contact:
Loudon County Animal Shelter