Kennel Cough In Dogs Can Be A Very Frustrating Disease To Deal With

Kennel cough is a highly contagious disease. It is also known as tracheobronchitis. Bordetella bronchiseptica causes this disease. This bacterium attacks the cilia lining in the respiratory tract.

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When the bacteria attack the lining, it causes inflammation in the upper airways. This inflammation causes your dog to cough. Dogs who have been recently boarding or visit dog parks are more likely to develop kennel cough. Your doctor will take a thorough history and examine your dog. Let your dog have a persistent cough. This cough will sound like they are gagging. The cough will last all day and night. If your dog is coughing all the time, it is best to take them to a veterinary clinic. A veterinary doctor can help you figure out why they are coughing. If the dog's cough has a green nasal discharge from their nose and is lethargic, you should take the dog to your doctor. The veterinary doctor may take chest x-rays and run bloodwork to make sure that you dog has not developed a secondary infection. Usually, no medication is given for treating a dog who has kennels cough. There are 3 different types of vaccines that can protect your dog from kenneling cough. The dog can get an injection like they do with all their other shots. There is also an intranasal vaccine. This vaccine will put liquid in your dog's nose. Kennel cough in dogs can be a very difficult disease to deal with. The earlier you treat this disease, the better and quicker recovery for your dog . Dr. Sara Ochoa DVM has a passion for animals and has two dogs. . . .

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