Kennel Cough In Dogs
Kennel cough (Infectious Canine Tracheobronchitis) is a very contagious infection affecting the respiratory tract of dogs. It can easily be spread among dogs that are in close contact with each other such as in kennels, pet shows, shelters, etc. The main route by which the cause of kennel cough is spread between dogs is via inhalation of aerosols that contain the infectious agents. There are several bacteria and viruses that have been implicated in kennel cough. These include the bacteria Bordetella, canine adenovirus, and canine parainfluenza virus. Dogs whose immune systems are compromised, poor health, exposed to an abnormally high stress levels, or those with poor living conditions have higher risks of contracting the problem. The most prominent symptom of the condition is a honk-like cough that is dry and noisy. Most cases are self-limiting and will resolve on its own within a few weeks. However, in dogs that are very young or with compromised immune system function, the infection has higher chances of progressing to pneumonia.
Talk to your veterinary clinic Anderson, IN about the best way to protect your pet against kennel cough.