What is kennel cough?
Kennel cough is caused by several different pathogens, most importantly parainfluenza virus and Bordetella bronchiseptica. Other viruses such as canine adenovirus, canine herpesvirus and bacteria such as mycoplasma are also involved.
Most infections of kennel cough resolve spontaneously however, it can progress to pneumonia or even death.
Kennel cough is primarily a disease of dogs, although Boredetella can also infect cats as part of the cat flu complex.
How do dogs catch kennel cough?
Not just from kennels!
Kennel cough is spread through airborne droplets produced by sneezing and coughing. These agents also spread through contact with contaminated surfaces. While the disease spreads well in kennels, it can be passed on anywhere where dogs meet.
What signs to look out for
- Inappetance, depression and fever
How do we treat kennel cough?
Some cases of kennel cough are very mild and require no treatment. Others may require antibiotics, anti-inflammatories or medication to help with coughing