Finally home and clearly happy to be with his family, likely as much as they are to have him back, Leo now faces a new challenge ahead that can likely be blamed yet again on the Florence Animal Control center where he was wrongfully held captive, kennel cough.

Video of Leo taken by his family on May 29th, 2020 contains Leo showing symptoms of Kennel Cough

There are many different types of Kennel Cough but mostly the symptoms present themselves in a form of cough as the dogs larynx (voice box) and trachea (windpipe) are the areas where mucus builds to fight the infection.
One of the most common causes of Kennel Cough, according to pets.webmd:

“Exposure to crowded and/or poorly ventilated conditions, such as are found in many kennels and shelters”

Kennel Cough can be fatal but most cases of such outcomes are presented in puppies and older dogs or dogs with compromised immune systems. In very rare cases, seemingly healthy dogs can succumb to the disease but generally with vet treatment the cough is more of a nuisance for most dogs. As Leo is only three years old and otherwise healthy the family is hopeful for a speedy recovery.


Support from Clemson!

Upon hearing about Leo’s new medical condition a generous supporter, Margaret J Thompson with Clemson Paw Partners pledged to pay for Leo’s vet bill up to $500 dollars. Thompson runs Clemson Paw Partners with a handful of other volunteers who both donate their time and money to support their local animals.