Kennel cough in dogs is a respiratory canine infection caused by the canine parainfluenza virus and Bordetella bronchiseptica. When these pathogens attack your fur-baby, it will affect the respiratory tract lining and will cause inflammation of his airways.
Kennel cough in dogs can be more complicated than we think as it can vary from a dry cough to causing a secondary infection. Kennel cough is known to be prevalent in summer but it can happen anytime.
Here, we've come up with a further explanation of kennel cough in dogs, how your dog can get kennel cough and ways you can prevent it.
HOW DO DOGS GET KENNEL COUGH
Kennel cough in dogs is very contagious and can quickly spread to other dogs. Kennel cough virus can easily be transmitted through direct contact with kennel cough-infected dog, sharing of contaminated objects, or through aerosols released when an infected animal coughs.
KENNEL COUGH IN DOGS SYMPTOMS TO LOOK FOR
Kennel cough in dogs may seem like a common disease but if not treated immediately, it can cause secondary infections and can be fatal. That's why it's always best to seek medical advice as soon as you notice the following on your fur-baby.
Cough with a dry and hacking sound. This is the most common symptom and the first to show if your fur-baby has kennel cough. Generally, it can be dry but other times, mucous can go with it, too. You will know it is a kennel cough because it will be persistent and may sound like your dog is choking. The coughing will have an interval every few minutes and uneasiness can be clearly seen and heard in your dog.
Weakness. Weakness is not applicable to all dogs since some dogs with kennel cough can look perfectly fine and still go on with their daily activities. A dog who is acting weak may indicate that the kennel cough has worsened and requires medical attention immediately.
Fever. Kennel cough accompanied by fever means your fur-baby's body is trying to fight off an infection. Fever in dogs may result in loss of appetite, lack of interest in his day-to-day activities and behavioral changes.
Nasal discharge. Another sign to look out for in kennel cough in dogs is discharge coming out of your dog's nose.
Watery eyes. Another common symptom of kennel cough is watery and runny eyes.
You may think that the symptoms mentioned can be very common and easy to deal with. But always keep an eye on your dog's activities and discharges. If inability to stand up, complete loss of appetite, and blood in discharges are already present, this is already something to be extra concerned about. Consult your vet as soon as possible.
HOW CAN THIS BE PREVENTED?
For most pet parents that have already had experiences of kennel cough before, they can tell you two things: One, that it is expensive. Two, that the recovery takes a lot of time.
That is why we believe that prevention is (absolutely!) always better than cure and it's probably the best thing you can do for your fur-baby.
Disinfect regularly. All the places where your dog hangs out, sleeps, plays, eats, including his toys, food & water bowls, cages, crates, bed, etc. must be disinfected on a regular basis. Depending on your situation and your dog's recent activities, disinfecting once or twice every two weeks is okay.
Have an air-purification system. Wherever your dog is staying (in your house, in a kennel), you should be able to sanitize the air by setting up an air-purification system specifically made for pet pathogens, as this helps reduce the number of viruses and bacteria present in the air of your dog's personal surroundings. Keep in mind that kennel cough in dogs is commonly airborne transmitted.
All of the above are things you can do to prevent the cough. While the following below are the things you can do if ever your fur-baby already has the cough.
Provide vitamins. One way of preventing kennel cough is by boosting your fur-baby's immune resistance. Provide your fur-baby with Pet Parents® allergy-fighting supplements that have anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. This way, any inflammation or irritation from kennel cough can be alleviated and relieved. It also contains Bio-Mos®, a type of prebiotic that helps protect and prevent damage to the digestive tract & boosts the immune system function by helping the body fight off viruses. These supplements have 90 soft chews and the suggested use per day is 1 chew for up to 25lbs in 90-days, 2 chews for 26-75lbs in 45-days, and 3 chews for over 75lbs in 30-days.
Make sure your pet drinks plenty of water. Coughing is drying, which can only increase the irritation your fur-baby is feeling. Having your pet drink a lot of water will prevent him from getting dehydrated and will help alleviate an inflamed throat.
Create a stress-free environment. - If your dog is stressed out, anxious, or scared, he will not be able to recover from the cough sooner. His anxiety will weaken his immune system, causing him to struggle with the cough even more.
When your dog is suffering from kennel cough, you want to do something that will ease his pain and cough. In addition to this, kennel cough in dogs can be tricky, costly, and requires a lot of time for recovery and as a pet parent, you will want to find ways so that this tricky kennel cough won't happen again.