Kennel cough or a canine infectious tracheobronchitis is a highly contagious respiratory inflammation caused either by a virus or a bacteria. Young puppies and senior dogs are more prone to getting infected as they are unable to fight off the microorganism due to the weaker immune system. A kennel cough affects the lungs, voice-box, and windpipe of your furry companion.
Most dogs managed to get an infection due to various factors:
- Lack of proper ventilation
- Exposure to crowded areas
- Exposure to smoke and dust
- Direct contact with an infected dog
- Contact with the contaminated surfaces
- Spread through air
Dogs with the weaker immune system or medical condition or require more time for proper recovery.
Symptoms of Kennel Cough in Dogs
- Persistent cough
- Eye Discharge
- Nasal Discharge
- Lack of appetite
- These are the symptoms that a dog will display on getting infected with a kennel cough. On noticing any of these symptoms, the dog owner needs to provide effective medications to his furry companion.Generally, an adult would require 3 to 6 weeks to recover completely whereas small puppies and the senior dog would require around 6 weeks for full recovery. The dog owner needs to vaccinate his furry companion so that your dog can easily fight off the gems.
There can be multiple reasons behind the causes of a kennel cough in dogs but the most common infectious agent is a bacteria known as Bordetella bronchiseptica that is why kennel cough is also known as bordetella.
In the majority of kennel cough cases, dogs are infected by both bacteria and virus. This highly infectious virus can result in making your furry companion’s cough even more terrible.
To ease the symptoms of the mild case of a kennel cough, your doctor will prescribe some antibiotics to avoid any further chances of infection. The dog owner needs to ensure that his four-legged friend takes proper rest. Also, the dog owner needs to make use of a harness rather than a collar as a kennel cough causes respiratory inflammation and using a collar and aggravate the inflammation in the trachea. In mild cases, it just requires 3-5 days to recover and in severe cases, it takes around 7 to 10 days to get back to the health.
The dog owner needs to make sure that any other dog doesn’t come in a contact with your infected dog as due to its highly contagious nature, other animals can easily catch it.
For preventing kennel cough in your furry companion, all you need to do is get him vaccinated. If your dog frequently makes visits to a dog park or is exposed to large groups of dogs then you must consider vaccinating him. A vaccination against a kennel cough in the form of injection, oral, and intranasal is available. The dog owner needs to make sure that the dogs that his furry companion play with are also vaccinated.