Understanding Canine Cough: A Concern for Pet Parents

Canine cough, often referred to as ‘kennel cough’, is a contagious respiratory disease found worldwide. While typically not life-threatening, it can cause discomfort for your furry friend. Learn more about this condition and how we can help at Kedron Veterinary Clinic.

Causes of Canine Cough: Unraveling the Origins

Canine cough is primarily caused by Bordetella bronchiseptica and the canine parainfluenza virus. This highly contagious disease tends to thrive in social environments such as dog parks, puppy schools, and kennels, where dogs come into close contact.

Dogs contract kennel cough through the inhalation of virus particles, particularly in conditions that weaken their respiratory tract lining, such as cold temperatures, poorly ventilated spaces, exposure to dust, and stress from travel.

Symptoms of Canine Cough: Recognizing the Signs

The hallmark symptom of canine cough is persistent and forceful coughing, often accompanied by a noticeable sound distinct from typical dog coughs. Additional symptoms may include sneezing, runny noses, and discharge from the eyes.

Be sure to consult your Brisbane veterinary specialist if you observe:

  • A persistent dry cough
  • Retching or choking
  • Watery nasal discharge
  • Loss of appetite, fever, and lethargy (in severe cases)

Preventing and Treating Canine Cough: A Proactive Approach

Staying current with your dog’s vaccination schedule, including necessary puppy vaccinations, is crucial for preventing kennel cough. Additionally, infected dogs should be kept away from other animals to minimize transmission.

Treatment for canine cough may involve antibiotics targeting bacteria or cough medicine to alleviate discomfort. Most dogs recover fully within two to three weeks, though older dogs may require additional time. Prompt veterinary attention is essential to prevent complications such as pneumonia.

Seeking Care at Kedron Veterinary Clinic: Your Partner in Pet Health

If your dog is experiencing coughing or related symptoms, don’t hesitate to schedule an appointment with the caring experts at Kedron Veterinary Clinic. Call us at (07) 3857 1785 or contact us online to arrange a consultation and personalized treatment plan for your beloved companion.