What is kennel cough exactly? Both bacteria and the virus can cause upper respiratory infection which causes irritation in dog’s lung, voice box and windpipe, this is called Kennel cough. This is a contagious and intensely painful cough. Young puppies should be treated effective immediately as it can be life threatening to them.
There are various causes of Kennel Cough; it can be caused by various infectious substances, which on the contrary can cause plague in the dog. Bordetella Bronchiectasis is a common type bacterium which causes this cough. If the cause of the disease is this bacterium then the infection lasts normally for 10 days but the side effects remain for up to 14 weeks. In most cases the virus Canine Distemper or Canine Influenza combine with the Bordetella Bacterium and cause the cough, this type of cough is highly damaging as it weakens the dog’s immune system. It also attacks the cells present in the respiratory tract, this can further damage the dog’s windpipe and voice box.
This disease is contagious and transmits through air. Some dogs are carriers and on contact with other dogs. They transfer the disease when an infected dog coughs or sneezes. They release microscopic contamination into the air and the remains of this stay for up to 2 weeks in the air which can be caught by any other dogs.
This Cough is not fatal in most cases but is extremely painful. It causes hacking and dry cough and your dog may make a honking noise and may be followed by a coughing fit. A persistent fever is likely to take place if your dog is overwhelmed and trying hard to fight off the disease. Some dogs may appear lethargic, that means they will be drained from energy and maintain poor appetite with a lack of enthusiasm in daily activities. Some may go through nasal discharge and watery runny eyes; the discharge can be discolored or cloudy. These are the basic symptom of kennel cough.
The Cough lasts for about 3-4 weeks, but if the dog has a weak immune system the Cough may aggravate up to 65 weeks for a complete full flash recovery to take place. It is advised to set a vet and get proper medication prescribed to help your dog fight the disease.
To prevent Kennel Cough and its outbreak make sure your dog doesn’t drink from public dog water tanks. Make sure not to leave your dog around infected dogs. Make sure to sterilize all the toys and eating platters used by your dog once your dog recovers from the cough. After it recovers, it is advised to buy new blanket and toys and wash your dog’s belongings to prevent it from catching the cough again. Kennel Cough can give your dog a hard time but with the right medications and proper treatment it will be back to jumping around your house, in no time. Make sure to keep your dog hydrated.