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Dog Health 101 - INFECTIOUS TRACHEOBRONCHITIS (CANINE COUGH)

Bordetella, otherwise known as kennel cough, is caused by a bacterial organism (which is what bordetella is), or can be caused by a virus (Canine adenovirus (hepatitis virus) or the parainfluenza virus), and is spread through the upper respiratory fluids of coughing dogs. Commonly seen in grouped dogs (kennel, animal shelter, dog show), and can affect any dog unvaccinated.

Symptoms
  • Dry, hacking cough, usually seen a few days after exposure.
  • Fever
  • Depression
  • Loss of appetite
  • Nasal Discharge
Once Contracted
  • Most cases of kennel cough resolve over two weeks with no permanent damage to the dog.
  • Vet may prescribe a cough suppressant to minimize coughing episodes.
  • Warmth, low stress, good nutrition and antibiotics all speed recovery from severe kennel cough. Two antibiotics that are excellent for treating kennel cough are (Augmentin, Clavamox)
Prevention
  • Two types of vaccinations are available:
    • Intranasal vaccine has a fast onset of action, so it is better to use if the dog is being boarded or planning on attending daycare.
    • It is recommended that the vaccination be done at least one week before the dog boards or goes to daycare.
    • Doses given immediately before kenneling are not protective.
    • Unfortunately, the intranasal does not last very long
    • Injectable vaccine is better for long immunity duration, but current reports suggest that it produces only a very low level of immunity.
    • Vaccination does not guarantee 100% that the dog will not get the infection, but it may lessen the course of the disease.


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Dog Health 101 - INFECTIOUS TRACHEOBRONCHITIS (CANINE COUGH)

Bordetella, otherwise known as kennel cough, is caused by a bacterial organism (which is what bordetella is), or can be caused by a virus (Canine adenovirus (hepatitis virus) or the parainfluenza virus), and is spread through the upper respiratory fluids of coughing dogs. Commonly seen in grouped dogs (kennel, animal shelter, dog show), and can affect any dog unvaccinated.

Symptoms Once Contracted Prevention