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Kennel Cough

The UK's most widespread infectious disease of dogs

 

 

Persistent, unpleasent - and really easy to catch

 

  • Kennel cough is a dry, retching, 'honking' cough thats affects dogs of all ages.

  • It can last for weeks, and is very hard to treat effectively.

  • No one who hears the dog with kennel cough will ever forget the experience.

  • And yet, last year, an estimated 65,000 cases were seen by vets in the Uk alone.

What is kennel cough and what can it do?

Kennel cough - also known as infectious tracheobronchitis - is a complex, highly infectious respiratory disease which circulates in the dog population all year round. Although a range of bugs can be involved, the two most likely triggers are both common and widespread: a bacterium called Bordetella bronchiseptica and canine parainfluenza virus

Once exposed to infection, it takes 3-10 day before the disease is seen - usually a persistent honking cough and fever. More rarely, serious cases can result in pneumonia and even death, particularly in puppies or those with a weaker constitution.

Depending on the severity of the disease, it can last from a few days to several weeks. But even after the coughin has stopped, your dog can remain infectious for three months or more.

 

  

Is your dog at risk?
 


Every dog is at risk, however healthy. Comprehensive Protection against the most important causes is not normally included in routine annual vaccinations and any infected dog can pass the disease on.

Despite the name, a recent survey suggests that less than half of outbreaks arouse in kennels. Your pet is at least as likely to encounter the disease in common circumstances such as:

  • The park
  • The street
  • At dog shows
  • In training classes
  • From next door's pet

...and place, in other words, where dogs meet.

  

What's the treatment?
 


Since kennel cough is caused by both bacteria and viruses, antibiotics can sometimes help reduce disease duration but often have little impact on symptoms.

Other therapies such as anti-inflammatory drugs and cough suppressants are often only minimally effective and should only be used under veterinary advice.

Unfortunately, by the time your dog has started 
coughing, the disease has already damaged its
respiratory system.

As with any serious disease, prevention is always

better than cure. Effective intranasal vaccines are
available against the most significant causes and can be administered routinely alongside your pet's normal annual boosters.

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