The Dangers of Kennel Cough

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If your dog begins coughing uncontrollably, this could be a sign of kennel cough, scientifically known as canine infectious tracheobronchitis. Kennel cough may frighten a pet parent; however, this is often not a serious condition and many dogs recover completely on their own.

What Causes Kennel Cough?

The cause of kennel cough is often a bacterium known as Bordatella bronchisepticam. This is why you often hear of kennel cough being referred to as Bordatella. Just as we “catch” a cold, dogs “catch” kennel cough when they inhale bacteria into their respiratory tract.

Kennel cough is referred to as ‘kennel cough’ because dogs in kennels often contract this disease due to exposure to overcrowded spaces or poor ventilation. Other factors which increase the risk of contracting kennel cough include exposure to cold temperatures, exposure to dust or cigarette smoke and travel-induced stress.

Signs of Kennel Cough

Signs of kennel cough can include:

  • Fever
  • Loss of energy and appetite
  • Nasal discharge
  • Difficulty breathing
  • A cough that produces a lot of phlegm

Kennel cough is extremely contagious. If you feel your dog may have kennel cough, you should contact your veterinarian to see if he or she feels treatment is necessary. You must also keep your pet away from any other animals to reduce the risk of other animals contracting the condition. Keeping your dog in an area with a humidifier is often recommended to minimize the coughing.

How Long Does Recovery Take?

Most dogs with kennel cough will often recover completely on their own within several weeks. Dogs with lowered immune systems such as those who have another illness or senior dogs may take up to six weeks to fully recover. Kennel cough may also lead to pneumonia so it is crucial to monitor him as he is recovering.

There is a vaccination available to assist in the prevention of kennel cough. They are available topically, via injection or as a nasal mist. 

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Nothing in this article should be construed as financial, legal or veterinary advice. Please consult your own advisors for questions relating to your and your pet’s specific circumstances.

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