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The Low-Down On Kennel Cough

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The flu can be a common illness in dogs. In the dog world, the flu is synonymous with kennel cough. Kennel cough is caused by either bacteria or a virus or the combination of both. The type of bacteria causing the illness is known as Bordetella bronchiseptica. Adenovirus, distemper virus and reovirus are among the viruses that cause kennel cough. Kennel cough can be mild but it is vital that dog owners are familiar with severe kennel cough symptoms.

Dog owners must be wary of a cough, which is persistent, dry and hacking. This type of cough is caused by the irritation in the dog’s trachea. Mild kennel cough is not something to be too concerned of although it is still important for veterinarians to check your dogs. Aggressive kennel cough is known to last for more than a week. Dog owners must also be wary of such a cough as it is one of the key heartworm symptoms in dogs.

It may be a bit scary for dog owners when dogs make sounds as if they are about to puke or as though gasping for breath. This is known as the gagging sound produced throughout and after a bout of coughing. The nostrils may also exhibit watery discharge similar to that when you have colds.

Dogs who are vaccinated are not likely to get kennel cough, but older dogs and young unvaccinated puppies are often affected by such illness. The danger with kennel cough is when a secondary infection happens. Complications such as pneumonia may develop. Dogs under this condition may be at risk of extreme exhaustion, high fever and worse, death.

Dog owners must not rely on their own knowledge about proper care of their pets. The best thing to do is to consult a veterinarian. They can perform blood work to determine the cause of your dog’s symptoms. This will help your veterinarian determine the suitable treatment for your dog.

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