Participants are advised that there appears to be a small increase in the number of greyhounds with symptoms of Kennel Cough being reported over the past week. Symptoms have been relatively mild (husky cough, lethargic) and short lived (3-7 days).
If you suspect your greyhound may have Kennel Cough or has been exposed to a greyhound with Kennel Cough, you should scratch them from any races you are nominated in, do not trial them or take them to other communal training facilities, and withdraw them from GAP intakes.
Allowing Kennel Cough cases to spread will impact on all aspects of the industry, including GAP intakes – and so minimising their contact with other greyhounds and ensuring good hygiene/biosecurity practices is vital to limiting spread and impact.
If you have not had your greyhounds vaccinated for Kennel Cough in the last 6-12 months, please ensure you speak to your veterinarian about improving their immunity by giving a booster vaccination now. While not effective against all forms of Kennel Cough, we know the intra-nasal or oral vaccine is faster acting and more likely to be effective than an injectable vaccine, for those forms that vaccination does protect against.
For more information including clinical signs, biosecurity information, vaccination considerations and avoiding a positive swab to cough medicines, please visit the following links: