A dog rescue charity has temporarily closed its doors “with immediate effect” amid a suspected case of kennel cough.
Stokenchurch Dog Rescue, at Tower Farm along the A40 Oxford Road, said the temporary closure from December 3 is a “precautionary measure” following advice.
The rescue center says there will be no walking, visiting or adopting during the shutdown.
Suspected cases of kennel cough have not been confirmed, but staff say “the well-being of our dogs is paramount”.
What is kennel cough?
According to the PDSA, kennel cough is an infection of the respiratory tract that causes an unpleasant cough in dogs.
It is mainly seen in areas where different dogs congregate, such as in kennels, dog shows or day care centers.
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More severe cases can lead to symptoms such as a high temperature and lack of appetite.
Most dogs will improve on their own, but some will need to see a veterinarian.
Dogs with kennel cough should be kept away from other dogs and public spaces while they are showing symptoms and for two to three weeks afterwards, as this is where the spread is most common.
Kennel cough can be spread between dogs, in the air, and on surfaces like food bowls or leashes.
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Like a human cold, it can be caused by different viruses and bacteria.
What are the symptoms to watch out for?
Symptoms include decreased appetite, lack of energy (lethargy), and high temperature (fever).
How is it treated?
Most cases can be treated at home without medication, but vets may advise anti-inflammatory drugs or antibiotics.
How long will the Stokenchurch Rescue Center be closed?
It’s not yet clear, but in a post on their website, staff say they will provide another update on Tuesday, December 7.
They added: “If you would like to make a donation or visit the shop, the reception area will be open, however an immersion tub with safety liquid will be at the door for your safety – unfortunately you will not have access to see or meet dogs.
âThank you for your cooperation during these times. ”
You can also donate online at stokenchurchdogrescue.org.uk/page/donate