How serious is Canine (Kennel) Cough?

How serious is Canine (Kennel) Cough?

Kennel cough – also called canine infectious respiratory disease (CIRD) – is an infectious bronchitis. That means it is restricted to the upper airways. 

Normally the dog will still be bright, alert and eating. If the infection goes down into the lungs and becomes pneumonia it is more life threatening and critical. 

Try to keep your dog calm if it has canine cough as running and playing will make it cough more and spread the infection to other dogs easily. 

There are usually two parts to a canine cough infection: a virus mixed with a bacteria. Vaccination tries to prevent the virus from causing clinical signs and antibiotics can help with the bacterial side of things. 

Even though your dog may have been vaccinated, it can still develop canine cough; it just may not get a full blown infection. 


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