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Kennel Cough

What is Kennel Cough?

Kennel cough, also known as canine infectious tracheobronchitis, is a highly contagious respiratory disease in dogs. It is characterized by a persistent, dry, hacking cough, often described as a honking sound. Kennel cough is typically caused by a combination of viruses and bacteria, such as the canine parainfluenza virus, canine adenovirus, and Bordetella bronchiseptica bacteria.

Transmission Kennel Cough

Dogs can contract kennel cough in environments where they are in close proximity to other dogs, such as boarding kennels, dog parks, grooming facilities, and shelters. The disease spreads through airborne respiratory droplets or direct contact with infected dogs.

Most cases of kennel cough are mild and resolve on their own within a couple of weeks. However, in some cases, especially in puppies, elderly dogs, or those with weakened immune systems, kennel cough can progress to pneumonia or other more severe respiratory infections.

How to prevent Kennel Cough

Preventative measures include vaccination against the main infectious agents involved in kennel cough and avoiding contact with infected dogs. Treatment typically involves supportive care, such as rest, hydration, and sometimes antibiotics if a bacterial infection is present. It's important to consult with a veterinarian if you suspect your dog has kennel cough, especially if they are showing signs of respiratory distress or if they are very young, old, or have underlying health conditions.

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