Education about Kennel Cough in Dogs
It’s that time of year, cold & flu season. The Arizona weather has finally changed and the temperatures are cooling down as we move further into Fall. Along with the switch of seasons, comes cold & club season. And not just for people but for your pets as well!
What is Kennel Cough?
Just as human colds may be caused by many different viruses, kennel cough itself can have multiple causes. One of the most common culprits is a bacterium called Bordetella bronchiseptica m-- which is why kennel cough is often called Bordetella. Most dogs that become infected with Bordetella are infected with a virus at the same time. These viruses, which are known to make dogs more susceptible to contracting Bordetella infection, include canine adenovirus, canine distemper virus, canine herpes virus, parainfluenza virus and canine reovirus.
Dogs "catch" kennel cough when they inhale bacteria or virus particles into their respiratory tract. This tract is normally lined with a coating of mucus that traps infectious particles, but there are a number of factors that can weaken this protection and make dogs prone to kennel cough infection, which results in inflammation of the larynx (voice box) and trachea (windpipe).
Symptoms of Kennel Cough
The classic symptom of kennel cough is a persistent, forceful cough. It often sounds like a goose honk. This is distinct from a cough-like sound made by some dogs, especially little ones, which is called a reverse sneeze. Reverse sneezes can be normal in certain dogs and breeds, and usually only indicates the presence of post-nasal drip or a slight irritation of the throat.
Some dogs with kennel cough may show other symptoms of illness, including sneezing, a runny nose, or eye discharge. If your dog has kennel cough, he probably will not lose his appetite or have a decreased energy level.
Treating & Preventing Kennel Cough
Kennel cough is contagious. If you think your dog might have the condition, you should keep him away from other animals and contact your veterinarian.
FurBabies Resort and Spa has always made the safety and health of your pet our #1 priority. We are asking that all FurBaby owners, please make sure to stay up to date on your pups immunizations as we do verify that every dog that enters our facility has all current shots. Keep in mind that shots do not protect against all viruses, so if you believe that your pup has symptoms to a cold/flu or has been recently exposed to a pet illness, to please have your pup stay at home.