Kennel Cough In Dogs

Signs, Treatment And Prevention

Kennel Cough is an infectious disease found in dogs, often those which have had a stay in kennels or been in close contact with a number of dogs. Medically known as Canine Infectious Tracheobronchitis it can strike at any time of the year, although it is more common during the summer months. Kennel Cough is contracted from bacteria particles inhaled by the dog, either directly from another dog or from communal areas such as parks and fields.

What Are The Signs Of Kennel Cough?

Kennel cough has some distinctive characteristics; it can sound harsh and dry, persisting over a long period of time and it may sound like the dog is retching or choking on something. This is caused by the irritation of the trachea.

The dog may not show many of the symptoms when resting. Instead it is more likely to be seen when it has bee exercising or barking. Changes in temperature can also cause coughing to begin. Dogs with Kennel Cough can appear lethargic and have a loss of appetite.

How Is Kennel Cough Treated?

Most dogs will recover from Kennel Cough within a few weeks without any medication. However, if you are concerned about your pet, a trip to the vets may be a good idea. If necessary it can be treated with a course of antibiotics and a cough suppressant can also be prescribed to help control the coughing whilst the dog is being treated.

At home, the dog should be kept calm and relaxed. A warm sleeping area is a good idea. Only take the dog out for short pavement walks and use a harness instead of a collar so as not to irritate the throat.

How Can You Prevent Kennel Cough?

Kennel Cough can be prevented by having your dog vaccinated against the disease. After the initial course your dog should receive a booster every year. This is especially important for those dogs which regularly stay in boarding kennels and the majority of kennels require a vaccination certificate before admitting your pets. The best time to vaccinate your dog is two to four weeks before they are due to stay in kennels.

Should I Have My Dog Vaccinated If It Doesn’t Stay In Kennels?

The simple answer to this is yes; Kennel Cough is an infectious disease which can be passed between dogs even if they don’t stay in kennels. As symptoms may not show for up to five days, an infected dog can spread the disease unknowingly to many other dogs in the local area.

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