By Anne Allred
ST. LOUIS (KSDK) - Local veterinarians say there is a kennel cough outbreak hitting St. Louis.
Dr. Abby Whiting of the Kirkwood Animal Hospital usually sees three cases of kennel cough a week but lately she has been seeing as many as 10 cases a day.
"It seems to be happening across St. Louis County," Whiting said.
Whiting believes a new strain is infecting dogs in St. Louis. Therefore, vaccinations are not protecting pets from the virus that irritates the throat and airways.
She said symptoms are a dry, hacking or honking cough and do not show up until 3-5 days after the dog is infected. Pets that go untreated can develop pneumonia.
Whiting said if your pet is already vaccinated you should see your vet for a booster shot.
"The booster is very safe. It offers good, rapid immunity and it may help us control this epidemic," she said.
She also said any dog that comes in contact with other dogs is at risk. Once an infected dog is treated symptoms usually go away in about 10 days.