|My dog Isis checking in for day camp at PetSmart, looking like she owns the place!|
The main symptom of Kennel Cough is a continual dry, hacking cough that begins around three to seven days after the dog has been infected, and can last for several weeks. Kennel Cough can make your dog positively miserable as he coughs uncontrollably all day and all night. Watching him suffer through it will make you pretty miserable too!
According to PetMD, Clinical cases of Kennel Cough are usually caused by several infectious agents working together to damage and irritate the lining of the dog's trachea and upper bronchii. The damage to the tracheal lining is fairly superficial, but exposes nerve endings that become irritated simply by the passage of air over the damaged tracheal lining. Once the organisms are eliminated the tracheal lining will heal rapidly.
The most common organisms associated with Canine Cough are the bacteria called Bordetella bronchiseptica and two viruses called Parainfluenza virus and Adenovirus.
Veterinarians may prescribe medication to help reduce the symptoms. Antibiotics are sometimes given as a precaution in case the Kennel Cough leads to other illness due to a lowered immune system the dog may experience as his body tries to fight the Kennel Cough.
|One of my foster dogs, Rudy, had a horrible case of Kennel Cough that lasted nearly 3 weeks. Click here to read Rudy's heartwarming story|
Although Kennel Cough is thought to be a concern mainly when dogs are in close contact and in enclosed areas, I worry that my dogs could potentially be infected at a dog park if they come in direct contact with a dog who has been infected. An infected dog may not have visible symptoms yet, or he may have just recovered from Kennel Cough but still be carrying it.
is considered by most Veterinarians to be an optional vaccination, not a required
or “core” vaccination. Since we board
our dogs a few times a year, sometimes send them to doggie day camp, and take
them to the groomers every few months they get vaccinated annually. The vaccine can be given either by injection
or through the nose (intranasally).
|My darling boy Rudy, after he recovered from his terrible bout of Kennel Cough. You can barely tell these two photos are of the same dog!|
Not everyone believes in giving their dog the Bordetella vaccine. There are some who are concerned about over vaccinating their pets, and a few Veterinary specialists have been quoted as saying they don't believe the vaccine is necessary. Personally, I'd rather be safe than sorry so I vaccinate both my dogs with the Bordetella vaccine every year, per my Veterinarian's recommendations. If you're wondering whether or not getting the Bordetella vaccine is right for your dog, start a conversation with your Veterinarian and do some research on Bordetella yourself.
Does your dog get the Bordetella vaccine to prevent Kennel Cough? What made you decide to vaccinate, or not vaccinate your dog against Kennel Cough?
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