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Kennel cough, or tracheobronchitis, is an infectious bronchitis that could be compared to a cold with a scratchy throat in people. The most common symptom of canine kennel cough is a harsh, hacking cough that sounds as if something is stuck in your dog's throat. While it may sound as if your dog could cough up a lung, in general, kennel cough isn't serious and it usually resolves on its own, just as the common cold does with people. Unfortunately for the concerned pet owner, this can take days to weeks. You will notice in most cases, despite the hacking cough, that your dog will want to eat, drink and play normally.  This annoying cough is most commonly caused by a highly contagious bacteria; in other cases, the cause can be viral. Dogs in highly populated situations, such as boarding facilities, doggie daycare, and dog parks are most likely to get kennel cough, which can be transmitted by air or by contacted with infected surfaces. Avondale requires that all dogs that are boarding, grooming or involved in doggie daycare receive the vaccination to try and prevent your pet from getting kennel cough. Puppies and younger dogs are at the greatest risk, but older dogs can also become infected.
Symptoms: The signs of kennel cough can vary greatly. The most common symptom is a hacking cough. It may sound as if your dog is trying to clear something from their throat. Sometimes the coughing causes retching or the vomiting of fluid and is often worsened when your pooch becomes excited or active. Additional symptoms can include: Irritated eyes Runny nose Dog Sneezing Loss of appetite Depression Fever Breathing difficulty
Diagnosis/Treatment Many cases of kennel cough can be diagnosed with a complete physical exam and medical history. Your Avondale veterinarian will want to know if your dog has been exposed to other dogs recently. they may examine your dog's neck to see if it is sensitive, perhaps inducing a cough. In some situations, the Avondale veterinarian may recommend other diagnostics to rule out other diseases. These could include blood tests and x-rays. Treatment of kennel cough depends on the severity and cause. Your veterinarian may prescribe a cough suppressant to help control the cough. In some cases antibiotics are prescribed as well because kennel cough can become a lower respiratory infection.
Prevention:  There are several things you can do to help prevent your four-legged friend from getting kennel cough. Especially when they are young, limit your pet's exposure to other dogs of unknown vaccine history. This will help keep them free from many diseases, not just kennel cough. You should strongly consider vaccinating your dog for kennel cough, especially if you plan on boarding them or bringing them to a doggie daycare or dog park at any point. The vaccine has proven to be safe and effective, and your Avondale veterinarian will recommend the right vaccine protocol for your pet.

Kennel Cough and Your Dog

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Kennel cough, or tracheobronchitis, is an infectious bronchitis that could be compared to a cold with a scratchy throat in people. The most common symptom of canine kennel cough is a harsh, hacking cough that sounds as if something is stuck in your dog's throat. While it may sound as if your dog could cough up a lung, in general, kennel cough isn't serious and it usually resolves on its own, just as the common cold does with people. Unfortunately for the concerned pet owner, this can take days to weeks. You will notice in most cases, despite the hacking cough, that your dog will want to eat, drink and play normally.  This annoying cough is most commonly caused by a highly contagious bacteria; in other cases, the cause can be viral. Dogs in highly populated situations, such as boarding facilities, doggie daycare, and dog parks are most likely to get kennel cough, which can be transmitted by air or by contacted with infected surfaces. Avondale requires that all dogs that are boarding, grooming or involved in doggie daycare receive the vaccination to try and prevent your pet from getting kennel cough. Puppies and younger dogs are at the greatest risk, but older dogs can also become infected.
Symptoms: The signs of kennel cough can vary greatly. The most common symptom is a hacking cough. It may sound as if your dog is trying to clear something from their throat. Sometimes the coughing causes retching or the vomiting of fluid and is often worsened when your pooch becomes excited or active. Additional symptoms can include: Irritated eyes Runny nose Dog Sneezing Loss of appetite Depression Fever Breathing difficulty
Diagnosis/Treatment Many cases of kennel cough can be diagnosed with a complete physical exam and medical history. Your Avondale veterinarian will want to know if your dog has been exposed to other dogs recently. they may examine your dog's neck to see if it is sensitive, perhaps inducing a cough. In some situations, the Avondale veterinarian may recommend other diagnostics to rule out other diseases. These could include blood tests and x-rays. Treatment of kennel cough depends on the severity and cause. Your veterinarian may prescribe a cough suppressant to help control the cough. In some cases antibiotics are prescribed as well because kennel cough can become a lower respiratory infection.
Prevention:  There are several things you can do to help prevent your four-legged friend from getting kennel cough. Especially when they are young, limit your pet's exposure to other dogs of unknown vaccine history. This will help keep them free from many diseases, not just kennel cough. You should strongly consider vaccinating your dog for kennel cough, especially if you plan on boarding them or bringing them to a doggie daycare or dog park at any point. The vaccine has proven to be safe and effective, and your Avondale veterinarian will recommend the right vaccine protocol for your pet.
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