Do You Know What Kennel Cough Is?

This year we have seen many cases of Kennel Cough. But what is Kennel Cough?
Canine Infectious Tracheobronchitis is known as Kennel Cough. It is a highly contagious respiratory disease between dogs. Kennel cough is commonly contracted by canines that attend a kennel, doggie daycare, dog parks, puppy classes, agility, and dog shows.

How is it Spread?
The respiratory disease is spread by airborne droplets as well as direct contact with contaminated dogs or surfaces, such as water and food dishes.

How Severe is Kennel Cough?
Kennel cough is easily treatable in healthy canines. It is a little more severe in young puppies and any immunocompromised canines. Talk to your veterinarian to ensure the best care for your pet!

Common Symptoms of Kennel Cough

  • Coughing
  • Nasal discharge
  • Sneezing
  • Decrease in appetite
  • Decrease in energy
  • A slight fever

How is it treated?
Typically, with a couple weeks of rest, Kennel Cough resolves on its own. However, sometimes antibiotics are prescribed to prevent a possible secondary infection. Cough medication is also an option, to help ease the dog’s symptoms and keep your pet more comfortable.

If you have more than one animal in your home, it may be beneficial to separate each pets water and food dishes to prevent further contamination.

Using a harness during this time, instead of a collar is also recommended, as a collar can irritate the canines trachea further. Your pet will appreciate the elimination of further discomfort!

Kennel Cough can be prevented by a vaccine which is known as the Bordetella Vaccine. It comes in an intranasal form, oral form, and injectable form. Bordetella is a vaccine that needs to be administered yearly. Some facilities that provide training, boarding and daycare services require proof of this vaccine before accepting your canine into the environment.

If your canine is in high contact with other dogs and environments, we highly recommend vaccinating for Kennel Cough. Always talk to your veterinarian to ensure the best care for your pet!

Written by Raelynn Myers, RVT

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