Symptoms, how to prevent it and how to take care of your pet if it is exposed to this respiratory disease
It is very contagious, occurs more in winter and if left unattended, it can become pneumonia; Take care of your pet so he doesn’t get sick.
Infectious tracheobronchitis, commonly known as “kennel cough,” is a disease with a high rate of infection among dogs and occurs mostly in the cold season.
If left unattended, it can become pneumonia and end even with the life of the pet. Experts share information about the symptoms, how to prevent and treat this condition.
1 What is it?
The “kennel cough” is a very contagious respiratory disease, of multifactorial origin and in which one of the main agents is the bronchitic bordetella bacteria.
This condition consists of the inflammation of the trachea and bronchi and has a seasonal predisposition since it usually occurs in the cold season.
It is estimated that, in winter, 6 out of 10 dogs that are treated in a veterinary hospital have this condition.
Decay, rough and dry cough spasms because the mouth cords become inflamed and dogs make a noise similar to that of a seal, which can precede choking, are the most common symptoms.
There may also be a small expectoration or phlegm, or vomiting after a coughing attack.
Generally, the severity of cough decreases during the first five days, but the disease usually persists for 10 to 20 days.
Other symptoms may include distemper, sneezing, and eye discharge.
In the most severe cases, the dog becomes feverish, lethargic and has very little appetite.
3. How is it spread?
Before, this condition was limited to animals that remained in a crowded place like kennels or pet stores.
However, as now the dogs go to pensions, nurseries or go for a walk to the parks, where they live with other dogs, it is often there where they get the disease.
Kennel cough can be transmitted if a dog comes into contact with an infected dog or if it shares contaminated objects, such as food or water dishes.
4. Don’t let it pass
If left unchecked, kennel cough can turn into pneumonia.
Although it is not a dangerous disease once it is diagnosed, it is important to provide antibiotics and anti-inflammatories prescribed by your veterinarian.
5. How to take care of it
-Reduce the exercise your dog does and favors his rest.
-Make sure you have access to plenty of freshwaters.
-Avoid exposing the pet to very cold temperatures or take it out to the park.
-Keep it away from dusty areas and tobacco smoke.
-Avoid living with other dogs for at least a week, to avoid infecting them.
6. How to prevent it
The main recommendation is to administer the bordetella vaccine to the pet, also called a kennel cough vaccine.
It can be administered to any breed of dogs from two months of age and is applied once a year.
The vaccine protects against the agents that are considered the most important of this condition, but it does not work against everyone.
So, even if your puppy receives the vaccine, it can develop the disease if it comes into contact with these different agents against which the vaccine does not affect.