Bordetella (Kennel Cough)
(Kennel Cough) in dogs is similar to the common cold in humans.
Although this disease is rarely fatal, it can lead to other diseases
such as pneumonia which can shorten your dog's life. Kennel cough
occurs more commonly in puppies and young adult dogs, and in dogs
that have recently been in shelters or exposed to many other dogs.
Since kennel cough is caused by an airborne virus, normal cleaning
and surface disinfecting cannot eliminate the cause. Kennel Cough
can occur with Distemper, Adenovirus Type Two, Parainfluenza and
other respiratory infections.. Antibiotics can prevent or cure
a secondary infection. Cough suppressants can be used to control
the cough. To help prevent pneumonia or other diseases, dogs with
Kennel Cough should be kept in a warn environment. Keep infected
dogs away from other dogs to prevent further transmission of any
disease. Like the common cold, Kennel Cough cannot be cured but
it has to run its course.
Symptoms include harsh dry cough that is often followed by gagging
and coughing up foamy mucous, with nasal discharge of clear turning
to milky white, and then to green.
Vaccination is minimally effective. There are some 40 plus strains
of Kennel Cough and the vaccination provides protection against
approximately 10-14. If your dog is shown, to be kenneled, or
is to be around a number of other dogs it is wise to have your
dog vaccinated. The intranasal vaccine fast acting, providing
some protection in as little as 5 days. The injectable version
of the vaccine may provide longer immunity. Some vets use both
to get maximum protection.
III (kennel cough) Dog Vaccine
Don't assume that any cough is Kennel Cough. If your dog has a
fever, is less active, has a decreased appetite, has a discharge
from the eyes and nose, has difficulty breathing or is older than
two years, the
symptoms are signs of a more serious problem and you need to see