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Posted on: August 3, 2021

[ARCHIVED] Outbreak of Kennel Cough in Dogs


August 3, 2021



Don Scheibler

Chief of Police, Hays Police Dept. 

Hays, KS



Nikki Hausler

Animal Control Officer

Hays Police Department

(785) 625-1030


Outbreak of Kennel Cough in Dogs


The Hays Police Department Animal Control has been alerted to an outbreak of kennel cough in dogs in the Hays area.


Area vets have seen an increase in cases of kennel cough over the last month, with most of the patients being up to date with their current Bordetella vaccinations.


Kennel cough symptoms include a persistent, forceful cough that often sounds like a goose honk.  Other symptoms of the illness could include sneezing, a runny nose, eye discharge, loss of appetite and a decrease in energy level.   


We encourage you to make sure that your dogs are currently vaccinated with Bordetella, as having the vaccination may keep the symptoms to a minimum.  Kennel cough is spread through inhaling the virus particles. 


Please avoid taking your dog to areas where they will be in close contact with other dogs to avoid continued spread of the outbreak. Signs have been placed at the Dog Park cautioning owners about the outbreak and the use of the Dog Park. 


Most times dogs will recover without treatment; however, it is a good idea to contact your veterinarian with concerns.  


If your dog appears to have any of the symptoms listed above, please keep the dog away from all other dogs until the virus has run its course in your canine.

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