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Learning More About Kennel Cough

May 26, 2008
Dog kennel cough is named variously like canine cough, infectious tracheobronchitis and bordetellosis. Both bacteria and viruses have been found to cause dog kennel cough. It is a condition in which a dog's windpipe and upper bronchi are damaged and irritated due to the action of infectious microorganisms.

Nature Of Dog Kennel Cough

A dry, hacking cough that lasts appears within a week of initial infection is the main symptom of kennel cough. This is caused by the bacteria or viruses that line the windpipe and bronchi in the dog. This exposes the nerve endings. These are irritated when the dog breathes, due to the air passing over them. This is what results in the persistent cough.

Severity And Duration Of The Disease

The majority of dog kennel cough cases tend to be mild and aren't detrimental to the dog's overall well being. Typically it does not present a fever or cause loss of appetite; however the cough presents itself throughout the day with the dog coughing every few minutes. Most cases will clear within one to three weeks without using medication, though antibiotics can often speed the healing process.

How Does a Dog Get Kennel Cough

Dog (bichon frise) kennel cough can be transmitted like a cold in humans. This means that the germs causing kennel cough can be carried in the air, inhaled by another dog causing infection, especially if the recipient dog is susceptible to the microbes. If more than one dog shares a dog kennel the illness spreads among the dogs (this is where the name kennel cough comes from). But it can be acquired anytime and anywhere from an infected dog.

What is the Best Thing to Do About Kennel Cough

The veterinarian usually prescribes cough-suppressing drugs for the relieving the annoying cough that characterizes the disease. While most of the dogs recover from kennel cough without medication, antibiotics may be prescribed occasionally to assist in recovering from the infection.

It is important to have the dog examined by a vet because symptoms similar to kennel cough are also caused by other serious respiratory diseases. Vaccinating the dog against infectious organisms may prevent dog kennel cough. A dog that is not frequently in contact with other dogs already has a low chance of catching kennel cough. In case of vaccination, the dog should be given the vaccine at least a few weeks before taking it to a dog show or out in the company of other dogs.
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