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K9 Kough little dog - Golden Paws Pet ResortCanine Cough is similar to a human cold or the flu. It is a fairly common and highly contagious respiratory disease in dogs. It is also known as Infectious Canine Tracheobronchitis or Bordatella.  It is easily spread when dogs are in close contact with infected dogs.

Clinical signs appear anywhere from 3 to 4 days after exposure to affected dogs. While the cough may sound serious, this disease is often harmless and dogs recover uneventfully in a week or so. Signs may last as long as 20 days. It is worthwhile to note that canine cough may have potentially serious respiratory complications for very young and very old dogs.

Patients with canine cough usually act fine as far as activity levels, appetite, and general attitude. The cough produced is harsh, dry, and can be quite loud and forceful; sometimes inducing dry heaves or retching. They can also Cough up white foamy phlegm, have a fever, and/or nasal discharge.

Canine cough can spread through aerosols in the air, directly from dog to dog, or through germs on contaminated objects. Canine cough is often spread in enclosed areas with poor air circulation, like kennels, animal shelters, grooming salons, dog parks, pet shows, also right at your very own Veterinarian Clinic.

There is no “cure” for Canine Cough. It just has to run it’s course. Treatment is aimed at cough control. In some cases, antibiotics are necessary, but most often dogs will recover on their own in 5-20 days. The cough control is important because it reduces damage to the trachea. Your veterinarian will determine the most appropriate medication(s) for your pet.

In most cases, the signs of Canine cough gradually decrease and disappear after three weeks. Young puppies, elderly dogs and other immunocompromised animals may take up to six weeks or more to recover (or longer if serious complications arise). Animals may remain infectious for long periods of time even after the symptoms have cleared up.

It does not require that a coughing dog be present – recovered dogs can shed the organisms for 3-4 months.

You can help to prevent your dog from getting Canine Cough by having him properly vaccinated. A vaccination consisting of
Adenovirus and Parainfluenza. Bordetella vaccination is also required.The spread of canine cough can be minimized by proper cleaning & sanitizing, isolating obviously sick animals, and properly ventilating the facility.

** No Vaccination is 100% effective, the Vaccine helps to protect, but is not a guarantee that your pet will not get the disease/infection.**

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