Kennel cough, also known as CIRDC (canine infectious respiratory disease complex), is a highly contagious upper respiratory infection that affects dogs. Kennel cough can be spread by contact with an infected animal or person, through the air in closed areas when an infected dog sneezes or snorts, and on contaminated objects. Kennel cough is not common in cats because they are less susceptible to it than are dogs.
The symptoms of kennel cough include runny nose, fever, eye discharge, mild sore throat and coughing. Kennel cough has no cure but antibiotics may help shorten the duration of illness in some pets if given early in the course of infection before clinical signs have developed. Kennel Cough typically
Kennel cough is highly contagious and can spread easily from one dog to another. If your pet comes in contact with an infected animal, they will most likely catch it. Kennels, grooming salons and even doggy daycare facilities are all places where kennel cough spreads quickly because of the enclosed environment and high number of dogs housed together. Kennel cough can also spread to your pet if they come into contact with contaminated surfaces like food and water bowls, leashes, collars, etc.
How do I know if my dog has kennel cough?
If you notice any of the following symptoms in your pup or cat, it is important to take them to a veterinarian for an evaluation:
Weakness and/or fatigue Coughing, especially coughing fits that can last up to 30-60 seconds Sneezing Yellow / green mucus from the nose or eyes Difficulty breathing Nasal discharge Discoloured gums (bright red) Loss of appetite(anorexia) Lethargy Abdominal pain Diarrhoea Loss of voice Dry, hacking coughBarking and/or whining harder than usual
How is kennel cough treated?
There’s no cure for the Kennel Cough virus. Once your pet has been diagnosed with Kennel Cough, your vet will usually prescribe antibiotics to help keep the symptoms from getting worse while the Kennel Cough virus runs its course. By taking your pet to the vet at the first sign of Kennel Cough, you can help prevent further complications and keep their symptoms from worsening.
How do I stop my dog from getting Kennel cough?
The best way to protect your pup against Kennel Cough is by vaccinating them. Kennel Cough vaccines are available in two forms: Injectable and intranasal. Both types of vaccine provide excellent protection against Kennel Cough, but they work differently to do so. Intranasal Kennel Cough vaccines create a mucous membrane antibody reaction while injectable Kennel Cough vaccine creates a systemic body antibody reaction, which means that injectable Kennel Cough vaccine works faster but the protection only lasts a short time.
It is important to note that Kennel Cough vaccines are not 100% effective in protecting your pet against Kennel Cough and may vary depending on what type of Kennel cough vaccine is used. It’s also important to note that Kennel Cough vaccines do not provide protection against the Bordetella organism.
How can I prevent my dog from catching Kennel cough?
To help protect your pet, here are a few helpful tips: Keep dogs away from any areas with sick or coughing animals and wash hands thoroughly after contact Avoid taking in dogs that have Kennel Cough Kennels, boarding facilities and grooming salons need to be especially careful about spreading Kennel Cough. If your dog goes somewhere where there are other dogs, they may come home with Kennel Cough Keep common areas of the house clean by removing all water sources (food/water dishes) after every meal Remove all blankets and toys from your pet’s sleeping area Kennel Cough is highly contagious, so take extra precautions to protect other pets in the home.
Is my dog at risk for Kennel Cough?
Kennel cough tends to affect dogs that live with a lot of other animals or spend time around them. Dogs who go outdoors, spend time with other animals or frequently interact with dogs they do not know are more likely to get Kennel Cough.
Can a dog get kennel cough from a walk in the park?
Dogs can get Kennel Cough from sniffing the ground where other dogs have urinated. Kennel Cough most often spreads through animal facilities (kennels, grooming salons), crowded conditions or environments with poor ventilation. It is spread by direct contact between animals and also indirectly via contaminated objects such as food and water bowls, leashes and collars. Kennel Cough can also be spread through the air by coughing or sneezing.
What if I think my dog is sick?
If you suspect your pet has Kennel Cough, it’s important to call a veterinarian immediately for an in-person examination. Without proper treatment, Kennel cough can worsen and lead to more serious conditions, such as pneumonia.
Can you take your dog out if it has kennel cough?
You should not take your dog out in public until Kennel Cough is cleared up and gone. Kennel cough can be very contagious, which means that you and other pets (including humans) might get it too.
What to do if my pet has Kennel Cough?
If your pet gets diagnosed with Kennel Cough, it is important to follow your veterinarian’s recommendations and be proactive about Kennel Cough treatment. Kennel Cough can worsen quickly, so don’t wait for symptoms to get better on their own.
What are the symptoms of kennel cough?
The symptoms of Kennel Cough are similar to the flu, which means that you may not know your pet has Kennel Cough if they have no other symptoms. Kennel Cough is often mistaken for a cold or upper respiratory infection because it presents with runny eyes and nose, coughing, sneezing and lethargy in dogs. Kennel Cough can also cause a low-grade fever and loss of appetite.
Can kennel cough damage lungs?
Yes, Kennel Cough can damage your pet’s lungs over time. Kennel Cough is a serious condition that requires treatment from an experienced veterinarian. This disease typically gets worse without proper medication and treatment, which could lead to pneumonia or other infections. Kennel cough usually lasts about two weeks if left untreated but it can last for months if it is not treated right away. Kennel cough can also cause permanent damage to your pet’s lungs, so please contact a veterinarian immediately for treatment advice.
What soothes a dog's cough?
There are several things you can try to soothe your dog’s Kennel Cough, including using a humidifier or vaporiser, honey can also be used to help soothe your dog’s throat and minimise coughing. You can give your dog one-half tablespoon to 1 tablespoon of honey mixed with a little warm water in a bowl. This can be offered up to three times a day depending on how often your dog is coughing.
You should also provide small meals throughout the day because Kennel Cough may cause loss of appetite. If the Kennel Cough is causing extreme discomfort for your pet, over-the-counter cough medicine can be used as a last resort. Kennel Cough typically lasts for two to three weeks and gets better on its own, so it is important not to over-treat Kennel Cough symptoms.
When should I worry about kennel cough?
There is no real need to worry, while kennel cough can be serious it’s not fatal as long as you spot it and get the right treatment.
How long is a dog with kennel cough contagious for?
Your pet can be contagious for Kennel Cough from a few days before symptoms start until about three weeks after Kennel Cough has passed.