YOU ASK:

Are there any pet insurance policies that will cover current illnesses like the kennel cough?

WE ANSWER:

Yes, since kennel cough is an illness that can be covered under the medical component of your pet insurance, as long as it is not something that can be classified under pre-existing medical condition.

Kennel cough is an infection that is usually obtained by dogs when they are living in close quarters with other dogs and pets. This is true when your dogs are living in a kennel. Kennel cough is very contagious and is caused by viruses such as the canine adenovirus, canine distemper, parainfluenza virus, or canine respiratory coronavirus. It can also be obtained from a bacterial infection.

Kennel cough is transmitted to other pets through coughing and sneezing. Once a dog gets in direct contact with a dog sick with kennel cough, or contacts contaminated surface, it is likely that that dog will get kennel cough. Your veterinarian will give your dogs cough suppressants and antibiotics. It may also decide to inject a vaccine (for distemper, parainfluenze, Bordetekka and adenovirus distemper.

The pet insurance will help provide for the payments for medical treatments given to dogs with kennel cough. Just be sure that your dog did not have this illness prior to the effective date of its policy, or else it will be classified as a pre-existing medication and coverage will be denied.

To prevent your dog from getting kennel cough, when you have to board your dog in a kennel, choose one that requires proof of vaccination before it agrees to take your dog in.

Be sure to bring your doctor to the veterinarian to have it checked and treated, if you see symptoms that your dog is ill with kennel cough. Kennel cough may turn into something more serious if it is not attended to at the soonest possible time.

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