What is Kennel Cough?Kennel cough is a disease that attack's your dog's upper respiratory system. Dogs can contract kennel cough both through a bacterial or viral infection. They pick it up through close contact with other dogs who have the disease. Symptoms can appear as early as 3-to-5 days after exposure.
Kennel Cough stems from both viral and bacterial infections:
- Canine Distemper
- Canine Adenovirus
- Canine Parainfluenza
- Canine Respiratory Coronavirus
Bacterial causes include Bordetella Bantiseptically. If untreated, Bordetella Kennel Cough can quickly progress to pneumonia.
Kennel Cough Symptoms
The symptoms of kennel cough are readily apparent. If your dog has Kennel Cough, it will suffer from:
- Dry, hacking cough
- Nasal discharge
Spitting up mucous
As aggressive as Kennel Cough is, it is rarely fatal. Most cases can be controlled in 10-12 days. Vets usually prescribe antibiotics and cough suppressants. Prevention includes vaccination and clean cages and kennels.