25 May Kennel Cough
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What is Kennel Cough?
“Kennel cough” – scientifically known as Canine Infectious Tracheobronchitis or Bordetella is both a bacteria and a virus.
How does it spread?
The bacteria will spread within poorly kept kennels with little or no ventilation and crowded conditions.
The virus is transmitted through aerosols that are released when an animal coughs- causing animals to become at risk when directly in contact with another infected animal, or by sharing contaminated objects like toys or water bowls.
Who gets it?
Dogs of any age can catch the bacteria however puppies and unvaccinated dogs pose a higher risk.
The way to prevent infection is by keeping your animals clean and away from known carriers of the infection.
- Symptoms include irritation of the animal’s breathing airways, a dry cough, and often progression of infection to Pneumonia.
- Symptoms will develop within 3-10 days of contact or exposure to an infected animal.
- Since “Kennel Cough” is a viral and bacterial infection; there is no definite cure. Antibiotics are often prescribed to fight against the bacteria and children’s cough medicine like Robitussin is recommended to combat the dry throats.
- With mild cases, dogs are still alert and fully functional however symptoms may later progress into pneumonia and develop into fever and loss of appetite within the animal.
- Even after the virus disappears (or runs its course), dogs are still contagious with the bacteria for up to 14 weeks.
- It is recommended that animals showing symptoms of coughing visit their local vets every four months for external vaccinations and antibiotics.