Canine Kennel Cough Symptoms

Canine Kennel Cough Symptoms

Treating Kennel Cough in Dogs

Canine infectious tracheobronchitis is more commonly known as kennel cough, and it is a highly contagious disease of a dog''s respiratory tract. Although not a serious disease in itself, canine kennel cough should be attended to immediately as this can at times lead to severe pneumonia as well as canine distemper, both of which can prove fatal to your dog.

Kennel Cough can be caught from many venues including your neighbor''s dog, from a dog at a dog show, from the animal hospital, or boarding kennels. Kennel cough is caused by an airborne virus, which is highly contageous, so your dog should be kept away from other animals until he is completely clear of the disease. It is of even greater concern in very young puppies as infection can progress to fatal pneumonia.

Symptoms of Canine Kennel Cough

Symptoms can include a harsh, dry hacking cough, nasal discharge, retching and sneezing, especially after excitement or exercising and may lead to light tracheitis or a severe pneumonia. These symptoms can last as long as 20 days.

If any secondary signs develop such as depression, lack of appetite, fever, blood in phlegm, or difficulty breathing, you should take your dog to your veterinarian for assessment and treatment.

Treatment of Canine Kennel Cough

Treatment for kennel cough in dogs depends on the severity of the disease. Conventional treatment of kennel cough often involves antibiotics which can relieve the animal''s symptoms fairly quickly, but also have a general weakening effect on their immune system, which can cause further problems, especially in the long-term.

Preventing the spread of Kennel Cough is possible, to a certain extent, by vaccinating, but Homeopathy is one of the easiest and most effective home treatments of Kennel Cough.

KC-Defense is a natural remedy for kennel cough that may be used as a preventative tonic or for more immediate support when needed. When KC-Defence is taken preventatively, your pet will be protected from respiratory infections.

Boarding kennels are a place where many dogs catch kennel cough. If your dog is going into kennels, ask the kennel owners whether they require your dog to be vaccinated, but remember even in the most hygienic, well ventilated, spacious kennels the possibility of a dog catching kennel cough exists.

In kennels where tracheobronchitis is a problem, strict hygiene with thorough cleaning and disinfection of cages and food and water containers is essential.

Some dogs will gain protection and immunity to kennel cough from previous exposure to the disease at some time, and will not catch the disease even though it has been in the vacinity of infected dogs.

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