What is Kennel Cough?

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What is kennel cough?

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We treat kennel cough as if it is a single disease, but actually, it is a group of diseases. The symptoms of Kennel cough include a hacking cough and possibly a fever or nasal discharge.

Kennel cough is now being referred to as canine infectious respiratory disease (CIRD) by veterinarians and is caused by many different organisms. The most common are canine parainfluenza and Bordetella bronchiseptica. These organisms are routinely vaccinated against. But there are some minor players for which vaccines do not exist. Therefore, your pet can get kennel cough even if it is fully vaccinated.

Many times the disease is caused by bacteria so your veterinarian may prescribe antibiotics to help it get over this problem. However, if the problem is caused by a virus, the only cure is time.

One of the lesser known causes of kennel cough is canine influenza. There is a vaccine for this condition but it is not routinely offered due to the sporadic nature of this disease. Consider discussing this vaccine with your veterinarian.

If you any questions or would like to schedule an appointment, contact Hudson Veterinary Hospital at (330)650-2929.