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'Kennel Cough' common after holiday travel

Humans aren't the only ones who get colds around the holidays.  (Source:WALB) Humans aren't the only ones who get colds around the holidays. (Source:WALB)
Jennifer Glover, Assistant at Thomasville Animal Hospital.(Source:WALB) Jennifer Glover, Assistant at Thomasville Animal Hospital.(Source:WALB)
THOMASVILLE, GA (WALB) -

Humans aren't the only ones who get colds around the holidays.

Veterinarians in South Georgia WALB they get very busy after Christmas.

Most dogs come down with a case of 'Kennel Cough.'

"There are lots of different reasons that dogs will cough, some of them are from infection and some are more complicated. Bordetella or kennel cough can be one of those reasons," Jennifer Glover, Assistant at Thomasville Animal Hospital.

Although it sounds terrible, most of the time it's not that serious. Animal hospital employees said it does need to be treated.

"It could potentially become a big issue, if they aren't vaccinated or they've gotten a bad case of it, it can lead to more complicated things," said Glover.

Just like human colds, kennel cough can be caused by a slew of different things.

"Kennel cough is spread from dog to dog so if they are in contact with other dogs or in a facility or if they are boarding and come in contact with things other dogs have contact, they can pick up the disease," said Glover.

Even travel stress can cause a dog to pick up kennel cough. Lots of folks have been doing just that so the animal hospital has been quite busy the past several days.

"We do see a lot more cases this type of year because of dogs being boarded this time of year. Dogs are coming in contact with each other more frequently," said Glover.

A quick trip to the vet can save you from bigger issues in the long run and you'll have a happy, healthy pup once again.

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