Canine kennel cough or Tracheobronchitis is an upper respiratory ailment that both cats and dogs. The signs are inflammation and congestion with the dog cough. It is spread through a airborne bacteria such as bodatella bronchisptica when animals are close to each other such as boarding, veterinarian canine kennels, dog shows, groomers and doggy day care.
Canine kennel cough can be mild or severe both of which can incubate within a 2 to 14 day period. The signs that your pet may have kennel cough are a persistent cough lasting 10 to 20 days, fluid from nasal area and a low fever in conjunction with a hacking type cough that your pet cannot seem to clear. In it’s severe form kennel cough can lead to pneumonia and high fever. It takes 7 to 10 days for your pet to get rid of the virus. It is highly infectious to other animals and if you suspect your pet has kennel cough you should treat immediately and quarantine them.
Your dog may cough and even throw up some depending on the severity of the cough to the trachea. Kennel cough symptoms may include mucas when your pet coughs look at the color which ranges from white to green. Green mucus shows a higher degree of infection and should require immediate veterinarian attention. Your veterinarian will do a manual test first rubbing the pet’s throat to cause the animal to cough. If this test confirms a possible kennel cough infection then x-ray should be done to rule out more serious respiratory infections such as pneumonia or distemper.
Kennel Cough Treatment
Antibiotics are used for kennel cough treatment for cases that are more severe. Pets that show good appetites and general good energy may be treated without antibiotics as the disease normally runs its course in about two weeks with a follow up visit to observe progress.
As a preventative kennel cough treatment two types of vaccines are administered. One is given through an injection and lasts longer but takes more time to take effect. The other is given through the nose and takes affect quicker but has a shorter treatment period. Both are usually given again at intervals of every six months.
Searching on the internet reveals there are many home remedies for kennel cough for treating your pet on your own. There are even veterinarians that recommend for milder cases that you can simply wait it out. I say why take the chance. Although I have no experience with home treatments I am also not a veterinarian and try not to act like one with my pets. With all that said if your pet has discharge through the nose, change in appetite, fever or feels hot to the touch do not delay and take them in to your veterinarian for diagnosis. I hope this explains kennel cough symptoms and treatment to help you be a more educated pet owner.