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Facts About Kennel Cough In Labrador Dogs

Feb 7, 2008
Is it possible that Labrador dogs and other breeds of dogs to suffer cough? The answer is yes no doubt. Labrador dogs and other breeds of dogs are not exempted from having kennel cough. Usually, it sounds as if your dog wants to clear his throat. Then along with other activities, cough develops.

Kennel cough is another term used to describe tracheobronchitis, a highly contagious disease caused by numerous infectious agents. This illness affects the dog's upper respiratory system, irritating and damaging the trachea and upper bronchi.

Affected dogs will suffer from harsh, dry/hacking coughing that includes retching, sneezing and snorting. A watery nasal discharge may be experienced. These symptoms usually last approximately seven to twenty days. Kennel cough is just like common chest cold in humans.

This kennel cough is just like cold in humans, it is transmitted through air. Organisms carrying this disease transmit through expired air of an infected dog. These organisms enter your dog's body when inhaled. It will then attach to the lining of the trachea and upper airway passages. The last thing these organisms will do is to look for a warm, moist surface in which they can reside and multiply. Enclosed places like kennel, animal shelter and indoor dog shows can be sources of this disease.

Kennel cough is a no big problem. Though affected with this disease, your dog remains the same except for that dry, non-productive cough. Most dogs with kennel cough still continue to eat, sleep, play and do things they used to do. Treatment of this disease varies depending on the severity. Cough suppressants are usually prescribed for the relief of the cough. There are some cases wherein severe kennel cough is accompanied with fever. Antibiotics are then used for treatment.

Just like humans, dogs can not choose the air they breathe in. Whether they want it or not, organisms carrying kennel cough can possibly invade their bodies and damage their health. It is just right that your Labrador dogs get the maximum protection needed to prevent this canine illness. Dogs, especially those who will be exposed to the outside world like obedience training and dog shows must be properly vaccinated.
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Richard Cussons knows a lot about Labrador training. Information on distinctiveness and nurture of this breed can be found at this site devoted to Labrador dogs.
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