The most common respiratory disease that we see in dogs is Infectious Tracheobronchitis (Kennel Cough)
Kennel cough is caused by a combination of viruses and bacteria, the most common two being Para-influenza virus and Bordatella Bronchiseptica
These are included as part of the annual C5 vaccination for dogs. These infectious agents get into the body via droplets in the air and cause irritation to the windpipe resulting in coughing.
It is called “Kennel Cough” because it is so infectious that if one dog in the kennel gets it, it will spread rapidly through the rest of the dogs there. Remember though, kennel cough can be picked up anywhere.
Clinical signs include:
- Cough – dry hacking cough that sounds like your dog has something stuck in its throat
- Off colour
The level of illness and the duration of coughing are usually much worse in unvaccinated dogs – with signs sometimes continuing for months.
Dogs with kennel cough benefit from antibiotics and/or cough medicine to help settle their coughing. We recommend you make an appointment with Bulimba Vet Surgery to allow the vet to assess the right medication for your dog
As in people, coughing can be brought on by exercise, excitement and cold air. If your dog has kennel cough you should keep them in a warm environment, reduce their exercise and avoid situations where they might be encouraged to bark.
The most important thing to remember is that the disease is highly contagious and responsible pet ownership is essential. Do not take your dog to places where it is likely to meet other dogs while it is still coughing and for a month afterwards.
Vaccination is the only protection (other than complete isolation) that we can offer our pets against kennel cough. While vaccination is not a 100% guarantee against catching the disease, it ensures that the duration and severity of illness is dramatically reduced.
If your dog has any of these symptoms please make an appointment with us on 38991495.
Ensure your dog has a C5 Vaccination every year.