Do the ‘moral thing’, keep infected dogs away from popular walks and help stop Exmouth’s kennel cough increase

Dog owners with pets showing symptoms of kennel cough can help stop the current viral increase in Exmouth by staying away from popular walking spots.

Susan Trimble, 53, of Exeter Road, Exmouth, is keen to highlight the kennel cough increase after her 13-month-old golden retriever Arthur was diagnosed with the virus.

Raddenstile Veterinary Surgery, on Liverton Business Park, said it had seen a ‘few more cases’ of kennel cough than usual, but the outbreak was not an epidemic.

Vet Emily Parr said avoiding popular walks with infected dogs was the ‘moral thing’ to do, because elderly, young, or dogs undergoing chemotherapy treatment could become ‘pretty poorly’ if infected with kennel cough.

Susan said her pet has been kept inside since he became ill because the kennel cough affected his breathing.

Susan walks Arthur and border collie Sophie, six, in Phear Park and Carter Avenue park and wants to warn owners to watch for the symptoms of the virus, and keep dogs away from others if they show signs of kennel cough.

She said: “Saturday night he started coughing, a really loud deep cough. It was persistent and he was vomiting white foam. We were very concerned.”

Arthur saw the vet who confirmed kennel cough. Sophie remains unaffected.

Susan said: “Poor thing, Arthur’s been up all night, every night, but it’s getting better. “When he’s exercising, running around, it makes it hard to breathe, so we just keep him calm. I am keeping him inside and not even walking him.

“We have been moistening his food and I have given him extra love.

“At first we were really worried. We Googled the symptoms, thinking it could be something serious.

“Once we identified kennel cough was going around and Arthur’s symptoms matched, I called the vet.”

Veterinary surgeon Emily Parr said preventative measures and vaccinating dogs helped stop the spread of kennel cough.

She said: “It’s a little bit like flu, or a cough or cold. If they get it and they are a healthy dog it can just run its course.

“It’s highly contagious. It’s spread dog-to-dog, thorough particles in the air. If you think about it as human flu, or cough or cold, and how that’s spread.

“If you have got a dog with kennel cough, the moral thing to do is not walk your dog in an area where there are lots of other dogs until the symptoms have gone.”

She added: “It’s really important if you have got any dog with kennel cough, get advice from your vet and don’t take them anywhere they can spread it.

“There are dogs out there, particularly elderly dogs, or dogs having chemotherapy treatment, that would end up pretty poorly with kennel cough.”


Susan Trimble is pictured here in Phear Park with her dogs, golden retriever Arthur and border collie, Sophie.


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