What is Canine Cough?
Canine Cough, often referred to as Kennel Cough, is a very common and contagious disease mostly contracted by dogs, but can also be transferred to other pets such as: cats, birds, and bunnies.
Your pet will be constantly hacking and coughing, sometimes spitting up bits of phlegm. Over exertion can trigger it and make it much worse, so limiting your dogs amount of exercise is recommended while suffering from Canine Cough. An immediate vet check up followed by rest and relaxation is the best course of action to take.
Canine Cough in dogs is generally caused when your dog is bombarded by a mix of bacteria and viruses at the same time, similar to influenza in humans. In most cases Canine Cough is not serious, and will only last up to a week or two. However, in more serious cases, it can last up to several months and can be extremely uncomfortable for your dog (and extremely annoying for the dog owner). It’s important to have your dog checked out as soon as it begins showing signs of Canine Cough as it may be symptoms of another more serious condition your dog is suffering from.
Is Canine Cough Contagious?
The more time your dog spends around other dogs, the higher the risk of contracting Canine Cough as it is a contagious disease. The top bacteria that causes Canine Cough is called Bordetella Bronchiseptica. This is the main bacteria behind Canine Cough once it has found it’s way into your pets body. It’s able to reproduce and break down your dogs immune system making it sick. Once this happens the persistent cough will begin.
The combination and mixture of this bacteria and other viruses can infect your dog with Canine Cough. Some dogs will not display any symptoms whatsoever of Canine Cough, but can still transmit it to others. This is why the more time your dog spends with other dogs, the higher the risk of contracting this contagious cough.
How You Can Try to Prevent It
The good news is that Canine Cough in dogs is preventable, the key being to monitor your pet as closely as possible. All dogs need to be social, but better with other dogs that you are familiar with. Keep your pet away from strays, or unknown animals.
There is a vaccination for Bordetella, however it does not protect against all forms of Canine Cough and research has shown that this vaccination has been known at times to actually trigger Canine Cough in dogs as it’s a live vaccine.
If your planning on taking your dog to a kennel, day care, or somewhere else where it will be around many other dogs you may want to consider the vaccine. The best way to prevent Canine Cough is to simply be aware of your dogs surroundings, company, and watch for any signs out of the ordinary.