Dr Erin Coomer - Veterinarian
Kennel Cough (Canine Infectious Tracheobronchitis), is a highly contagious infection of the upper airway (trachea).
These are the most common infectious agents:
• Canine adenovirus 2 (CAV2)
• Parainfluenza virus (PIV)
• Bordetella bronchiseptica (bacteria)
These organisms are spread via nose-to-nose
contact between dogs. An infected dog
sheds the bacteria and/or viruses in their respiratory secretions. A healthy dog can inhale these secretions,
or they can settle on and...
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• Hacking cough (productive or non productive). Sounds like the dog has something stuck in its throat.
• Cough is exacerbated by exercise, excitement and/or pressure around the throat (e.g. from a collar)
• Nasal Discharge
Dogs with uncomplicated kennel cough seem otherwise healthy (even though the cough sounds terrible)....
It is important to take your dog to the Vet if you believe he/she has kennel cough.
Your Vet will do a thorough physical exam and ask you a detailed history. This will include tracing your dog’s activity/movements/contact during the last 2 weeks.