Canine cough, or ‘kennel cough’, is a type of infectious, respiratory disease that is found throughout the world. The symptoms are similar to colds in humans and are usually not life threatening. Learn more about the symptoms below and get in touch to organise treatment for your dog.
The Causes of Canine Cough
There are two main causes of canine cough; Bordetella bronchiseptica and the canine parainfluenza virus. This highly contagious disease usually affects dogs in social environments, including dog parks, puppy school, and kennels.
Dogs contract kennel cough by inhaling the virus particles. Their respiratory tracts contain a certain lining that can trap infectious particles; however, certain influences can weaken this lining, including:
- Cold temperatures
- Poorly ventilated conditions
- Exposure to dust
- Stress from travelling
Symptoms of Canine Cough
As the name suggests, you may have canine cough in your home if you notice your dog coughing persistently and forcefully. It will be a noticeably loud sound that differs from the minor coughing that most dogs experience. Kennel cough can also result in sneezing, runny noses and discharge from the eyes.
Speak to your Brisbane veterinary specialist if you notice:
- A persistent dry cough
- Watery nasal discharge
- Loss of appetite, fever and lethargy (in very severe cases)
Preventing and Treating Canine Cough
Make sure you stay up to date with your dog vaccination schedule and receive all of the puppy vaccinations that are necessary for protecting your pet. Kennel cough is very contagious, so it is necessary to keep your dog away from other animals.
In severe cases, your dog may require antibiotics that target the bacteria or cough medicine to help ease their discomfort. Most dogs make a complete recovery within three weeks; older dogs may take slightly longer. Make sure you speak to your veterinarian when you notice the symptoms because your dog could contract pneumonia if they go untreated.