Kennel cough is on the rise in Montana - ABC FOX Montana Local News, Weather, Sports KTMF | KWYB

Kennel cough is on the rise in Montana

Posted: Updated:
BOZEMAN -

Veterinarian offices in Montana have some troubling news for dog owners. According to veterinarians in the Gallatin Valley, kennel cough is being reported at an all time high. 

"We have had a lot of patients get very sick," said Vet Loni Odenbeck, 360 Pets Clinic.

Odenbeck says for the last couple of months they have been very busy with pets dealing with the new strain of kennel cough.

"We’ve seen at least 75 cases just in our clinic, so whatever it is it's highly contagious,” said Odenbeck. “We haven't isolated the exact reason that is causing this."

Even if your dog is vaccinated, that may not be enough.

"A lot of our patients that have picked up this infection, even though they have the vaccine Bordetella,” said Odenbeck. “There are a lot of organisms that can cause kennel cough. Kennel cough is just a general term for an upper respiratory infection."

Unfortunately, Paula Diaz knows this all too well.

"If I would've known that there was a kennel cough outbreak combined with the fact that the vaccine isn’t very active, then maybe I would've made different decisions," said Diaz.

She says her dog Lucy had kennel cough symptoms last week and then 24 hours later after going to the vet Lucy passed away.

"She went to sleep and started gasping for air,” said Paula Diaz. “She couldn't make it through so it was devastating. We thought she was doing better, so we didn't really expect that to happen so suddenly.“

After Lucy was tested for the cause of death, the vets say it was a serious case of pneumonia and that it’s likely it could be connected to the kennel cough. 

That is why vets like Odenbeck are advising clients to check for signs.

"The big thing when I warn people is if your pets are showing any signs of not eating, coughing, low on energy is low or anything changes other than a subtle cough to get them checked out right away," said Odenbeck.

The 360 Pets clinic says dogs "catch" kennel cough when they inhale bacteria or virus particles into their respiratory tract. This tract is normally lined with a coating of mucus that traps infectious particles, but there are a number of factors that can weaken this protection and make dogs prone to kennel cough infection, which results in inflammation of the larynx and trachea.

Owners and Montanans need to be careful because even humans can spread the infection.

“People can also carry the infection on themselves,” said Odenbeck.  “If you're around a kennel cough dog and touch the dog with your hands and then go to touch someone else's dog you can get the last dog you touched sick.”

Another problem is the infection is spreading to neighboring yards.

“The droplets when dogs cough it sprays from like 20 feet to even across fence lines,” said Odenbeck. “We have it going from one neighbor to the next.”

Odenbeck says if you think your dog has kennel cough call your vet and do not have them around any other dogs.

“The best way for you to keep your pet from getting this kennel cough is to limit your dog's contact with other dogs, avoid dog parks and keep an eye out for dogs coughing in your neighborhood," said Odenbeck. 

  • Most Popular

  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • Kennel cough is on the rise in Montana

    Kennel cough is on the rise in Montana

    Tuesday, July 18 2017 11:28 AM EDT2017-07-18 15:28:50 GMT

    The vet's office has some troubling news for dog owners. 

    The vet's office has some troubling news for dog owners. 

  • Monday morning standoff at Missoula bowling alley

    Monday morning standoff at Missoula bowling alley

    Monday, July 24 2017 3:28 PM EDT2017-07-24 19:28:57 GMT

    Staff at Westside lanes tell ABC FOX Montana the man never entered the building. 

    Missoula, MT.- Missoula Police responded to a standoff in the Westside Lanes parking lot on Monday.

  • Our Apologies

    The page you requested is currently unavailable. Pages on this site are constantly being revised, updated, and occasionally removed. You may have followed an outdated link or have outdated pages in your
    You have reached a page which is currently unavailable. We apologize for any inconvenience. Please use your browser's BACK button to return to the previous page
  • Corvallis man dies in Glacier National Park

    Corvallis man dies in Glacier National Park

    Monday, July 24 2017 12:44 PM EDT2017-07-24 16:44:55 GMT

    WEST GLACIER, MT. - A Montana man dies after falling nearly 100 feet near Haystack Creek in Glacier National Park on Saturday. The victim has been identified as 26-year-old Robert Durbin of Corvallis, Montana. 

    WEST GLACIER, MT. - A Montana man dies after falling nearly 100 feet near Haystack Creek in Glacier National Park on Saturday. The victim has been identified as 26-year-old Robert Durbin of Corvallis, Montana. 

  • Zuckerberg at center of Glacier National Park controversy

    Zuckerberg at center of Glacier National Park controversy

    Friday, July 21 2017 7:13 PM EDT2017-07-21 23:13:30 GMT

    An official for President Donald Trump's Interior Department says the agency pulled Glacier National Park's superintendent from a recent park tour with Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg to save money, not to mute criticism over climate change.      

    An official for President Donald Trump's Interior Department says the agency pulled Glacier National Park's superintendent from a recent park tour with Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg to save money, not to mute criticism over climate change.      

  • Daines said it was a team effort to get Guthrie released

    Daines said it was a team effort to get Guthrie released

    Sunday, July 23 2017 8:51 PM EDT2017-07-24 00:51:33 GMT

    Senator Daines is pleased with the outcome and said it was the best news he could have heard today. 

    Senator Daines is pleased with the outcome and said it was the best news he could have heard today. 

  • UM student in Chinese jail: Friends react

    UM student in Chinese jail: Friends react

    Wednesday, July 19 2017 11:57 PM EDT2017-07-20 03:57:47 GMT
    Reaction tonight from friends of the UM student reportedly held tonight in a Chinese jail, When Guthrie McLean woke up this morning in a Chinese jail, it was day-four for him. And while there are diplomatic efforts underway to free the man, his friends say they are worried. They took time away from their efforts to bring Guthrie home, to talk with us about him, and their concern for him. Setting up a crowdfunding site for one of his best friends was the furthest thing from Zakk Wi...
    Reaction tonight from friends of the UM student reportedly held tonight in a Chinese jail, When Guthrie McLean woke up this morning in a Chinese jail, it was day-four for him. And while there are diplomatic efforts underway to free the man, his friends say they are worried. They took time away from their efforts to bring Guthrie home, to talk with us about him, and their concern for him. Setting up a crowdfunding site for one of his best friends was the furthest thing from Zakk Wi...
  • Extreme fire danger in Missoula

    Extreme fire danger in Missoula

    Monday, July 24 2017 4:52 PM EDT2017-07-24 20:52:14 GMT

    Interagency wildland fire officials with the Missoula County Fire Protection Association have determined fire danger to be EXTREME.  As folks in the Missoula area can see, lightning strikes ignited multiple fires, and in the past few weeks a few have escaped initial attack. 

    Interagency wildland fire officials with the Missoula County Fire Protection Association have determined fire danger to be EXTREME.  As folks in the Missoula area can see, lightning strikes ignited multiple fires, and in the past few weeks a few have escaped initial attack. 

Powered by Frankly

Features

  • More Features
  • Powered by WorldNow
    All content © Copyright 2000 - 2017 Cowles Montana Media. All Rights Reserved. For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy, and Terms of Service, and Ad Choices.