All dogs will usually have a small cough at some point. Just like humans, they also suffer from cough when they’re dealing with a minor illness or they’ve got something stuck in their throats. Sometimes these small inconveniences may also be a serious issue like as canine infectious tracheobronchitis which is, in other words known as kennel cough. But how will one know whether the dog is seriously going through such problems?
What is Kennel Cough?
In dogs, a kennel cough is a condition when develops causes them to have a consistent and forceful cough.
Most of the times it may sound as if your dog is choking, indeed a hacking sound will be much more persistent. The sound of the cough can also be in its own distinct way or may sound more like the honking goose, but rather than an actual cough. Hence, whatever it sounds like, anyhow, there’s no doubt that will be extremely forceful. This may also lead you to think that, something your dog seriously going through.
Kennel cough can have many causes as people catch from common colds. Bordetella bronchiseptica is a bacteria which is known as one of the most common causes of kennel cough. And yes, for this reason, the kennel cough is also called Bordetella in most of the places. The bacteria or viruses find their way into the dog’s respiratory tract when inhaled, resulting it in troubles. While you may ask that the linings of the respiratory tract is typically composed with mucus, which catches off all the infectious particles; but sometimes this mucus lining breaks down when such virus is introduced. Apart from that the weakening can be due to several other things that may include a crowded or poorly ventilated environment. Under such condition these bacteria are found in kennels and shelters, causing extreme cold, getting exposed to dust or smoke and even stress while travelling. So, at the point when the mucous lining breaks down, kennel cough starts setting in and can eventually lead to inflammation of the windpipe and voice box.
Symptoms of Kennel Cough in Dogs
Obviously, most of the symptoms of kennel cough are very harsh, especially due to forceful cough that may promptly occur sometime. Another important thing to note here is the noise. You should not confuse it with the short or reverse sneezes that some dogs. Especially in smaller breeds, that usually makes that sounds a lot like the harsh cough of kennel cough. Other symptoms of kennel cough may include:
* Discharge from the eye
* Fever may be already present in dogs that have been undergoing a more serious form of the condition
* Lethargy. Although this may not be present in all dogs that are suffering from kennel cough, but it’s important to know that some dogs are actually the carriers of such condition. Though they might not reveal any of such symptoms, but it happens. And when they’re around with
the other dogs this condition can pass on to them as well, and that can even put all of them at risk for infection.
* Runny nose
Transmission of Kennel Cough
The problems like Kennel cough is extremely contagious because it can easily get transmitted from one animal to another. There are three major ways in which a kennel cough can be transmitted such as:
* Through the air. The airborne disease is caused by viruses. So, your dog can easily pick up the disease just as it is on a walk to the same place where an infected dog has already been. When that harsh cough is released by a dog with kennel cough, they spread those thousands of microscopic contaminated particles in the air all around. And the worst part is, these particles (that also carry the virus), sustains or survive in the air for several hours. That is, that mean time is more than enough for another host to go through the same place and inhale the virus.
* Contaminated objects. Similar to the airborne disease transmission, those thousands of infected particles can also last for even longer hours. And once these particles land on an object, they too get contaminated, such as a contaminated toy or a water dish. If in case, another dog comes into contact with those same items, then they will also likely to pick up the virus and become infected.
* Other dogs. It does make some sense that when these infected particles survive in the air and on objects can even live for too longer within. Whereas, the dog’s body is already infected with these infections. So, if your dog sniffs the body or nose, then it is just that the dog is close enough to have kennel cough and can easily become infected within.
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