Canine Diseases, Kennel Cough (Bordetella Bronchiseptica), Canine Cough, Infectious respiratory disease, parainfluenza virus.

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Kennel Cough (Bordetella Bronchiseptica)

Infectious canine cough has a number of different names, including kennel cough, canine cough, and infectious respiratory disease. It also has a number of different causes. Very often, the parainfluenza virus works together with the bacteria Bordetella bronchiseptica to cause this very contagious disease syndrome.

This disease is characterized by sudden bouts of a dry, hacking, persistent cough that sounds like a goose honking. The dog literally stays up at night coughing. This bacteria is extremely contagious and becomes airborne, which means it actually floats in the air on saliva, nasal, and sputum droplets, infecting dogs in the immediate area.

Kennel cough comes in two forms: uncomplicated and complicated. Uncomplicated kennel cough refers to an average case of the disease, where the dog coughs for one to two weeks and spontaneously gets better. Complicated is more severe, with symptoms lingering beyond two weeks.

Dogs with uncomplicated kennel cough only need minimal treatment. A veterinarian may suggest a cough suppressant and possibly a vaporizer. Dogs with this cough need to be kept quiet and must not be allowed to exercise hard or bark as these activities will irritate the respiratory tract even more. Dogs with complicated kennel cough definitely need antibiotics. A few dogs get ill enough to need hospitalization and an oxygen cage. Special treats to encourage eating may be important, too, and extra vitamins are always beneficial. Again, a vaporizer may make the dog more comfortable.

There are a couple of different vaccination protocols that can be used for kennel cough. The parainfluenza virus is often included in routine combination vaccines. There are also separate vaccines for the bacteria Borde-tella bronchiseptica. One is an intramuscular vaccine, and the other is an intranasal vaccine.