Kennel Cough In Dogs
The dog who is constantly making noises or hacking might have a case of kennel cough, this is not a serious condition, and most dogs will recover without treatment.
What is Kennel Cough?
The Kennel Cough also known as Canine Infectious Tracheobronchitis or Canine Infectious Respiratory Disease (CIRD), is a highly contagious respiratory disease among dogs, it is typified by inflammation of the trachea and bronchial tubes, it is similar to the common cold in humans.
Dogs commonly get kennel cough at places where large amounts of dogs meet like dog parks, training groups, and dog shows. Dogs can spread it to one another through airborne droplets, direct contact like touching noses, or contaminated surfaces including water or food bowls.
It’s highly treatable in most dogs but can be more severe in puppies younger than six months of age since they have immature immune systems. It is also dangerous for older dogs and pregnant dogs because they have a lower immune system.
kennel cough is not a serious condition and most dogs will recover from it without any treatment, but in some cases, it can also lead to pneumonia, a serious complication that may require hospitalization of your dog if not address or teated properly.
Symptoms of Kennel Cough
- The most common symptom is a persistent dry cough ( It often sounds like a goose honk )
- Dog coughing throughout the night that keeps them awake
- Watery nasal discharge
Some dogs with kennel cough may show other symptoms of illness, including sneezing, a runny nose, or eye discharge. In mild cases, dogs are often active and eating normally while in severe cases, symptoms progress and can include pneumonia, inappetence, fever, and lethargy.
Preventing and Treatment of Kennel Cough
Kennel cough is contagious. If you think your dog might have the condition, you should keep him away from other dogs or animals to prevent the spread of this disease and contact your veterinarian to treat your dog immediately. Any dog who potentially comes into contact with another dog that has Kennel cough they should be vaccinated against Bordetella bronchiseptica and canine parainfluenza virus to prevent getting the disease. All dogs should be vaccinated against canine adenovirus. Even after being vaccinated, dogs may still acquire kennel cough (although usually a less severe form than they would have otherwise). It is best to be observant and prepared.
Clean all the surfaces that dogs who are coughing used, including bedding and flooring to stop spreading the virus, it is better to keep the dog separated to other dogs until he/she becomes healthy again.