A highly contagious upper respiratory condition
that affects dogs and puppies.
Better known as
“kennel cough” and “canine infectious tracheobronchitis”
is rampant in areas where dogs congregate.
When a dog is infected they will display a dry, hacking cough often described as a goose honking sound. The dog may
act like they have something stuck in their throat and may vomit or retch after coughing. This may worsen with activity
or excitement and can last several minutes. They may also have a watery nasal discharge and sneezing. The dog may
have their normal appetite and activity levels. In severe cases a secondary bacterial pneumonia may develop. The dog
can have a fever, lethargy, and breathing difficulties or anorexia.
How Your Dog Gets Infected
Canine Bordetella is typically spread from dog to dog.
It is passed where there are large groups of dogs in one area,
such as, dog parks, boarding kennels, shelters,
obedience classes, and doggy day care facilities and doggy spas
and even veterinarian offices that are
not maintained properly for infectious diseases.
It can also be passed from a single dog to dog contact.
Treatment for Bordetella in Dogs
A bacterium usually causes canine Bordetella.
Antibiotics may or may not be prescribed to reduce the risk
of a secondary infection, such as pneumonia.
The dog is contagious long after treatment for six to 14 weeks
after the infection is resolved.
In severe cases antibiotics such as doxycycline or
trimethoprim-sulfa may be prescribed.
They may also receive a cough suppressant or a bronchodialator.
Prevention for Bordetella in Dogs
Keeping your dog away from other dogs can prevent
canine Bordetella, especially for puppies as their immune systems
are weak and they catch illnesses easily.
Have your dog vaccinated against canine Bordetella.
These vaccines can be given either intranasal
or via sub cue injection.
The Bordetella vaccine is highly effective, but it does not
totally prevent your dog from contracting the illness.
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