Kennel Cough

KENNEL COUGH – Canine infectious tracheobronchitis

It sounds terrible but is not a very serious condition. Most dogs recover without treatment. Please just take note of the following:

Dogs and cats, as is the case with humans, carry various viruses and bacteria which can affect the respiratory system. There are various causes. The bacteria “Bordetella bronchisepticam” are mostly to blame. This is why the condition is also referred to as “Bordetella”.

When dogs contract this condition, they are usually also infected with a virus that attacks the system and result in dogs and cats being more susceptible to Kennel cough, which in turn makes them more susceptible to other viruses like Parvo, Distemper, Andeno, Herpes,Reo and Parainfluenza viruses.

Dogs are infected with the kennel cough bacteria and also other viruses through breathing it in and it reaches their respiratory system and also become attached to the sinuses and mucus in the airways, to which the particles attach.

There are various factors that play a role with kennel cough and weaken the immune system and affect the larynx and trachea and the lungs.

Poor ventilation in their sleeping places or where they stay e.g. in kennels, cold temperatures, cigarette smoke can be very, very dangerous for dogs’ respiratory systems, travel-induced stress and dusty situations also contributes to make things worse.

Treatment and/or prevention of Kennel cough
1. This condition is contagious. Keep your dogs away from other dogs.
2. Antibiotics that will attack the bacteria and the correct cough mixture.
3. Make use of a harness rather than a leash to walk your dog – the harness will assist in reducing the coughing and the leash might just ‘strangle’ his respiratory system.
4. With a healthy immune system and proper food, a dog should recover in about three weeks – whilst older dogs may take up to two months.
5. It can lead to pneumonia.
6. If your dog does not eat, is listless, with fast breathing and similar symptoms, get the animal to your Vet as soon as possible.

Only provided for general information and knowledge, therefore Literature not referred to.
Give Vit B co. (no other medication), Protexin, ‘raw’ honey. Your Vet may prescribe Sinulox for airways infection. Efazol is high in Zinc and can be given daily. Promix Probiotica and Promix Multivitamin

Pierre van Niekerk © 2015

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