Kennel cough is a common illness in dogs. Learn the causes, symptoms, diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of kennel cough. Canine infectious tracheobronchitis (ITB), also known as kennel cough, results from infection of the respiratory tract with one or more viruses and bacteria. Also known as “Kennel Cough”, infectious tracheobronchitis is a contagious illness in dogs that is caused by multiple viruses and bacteria. – Wag!.

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Intranasal vaccines are effective, but due to some possible side effects are recommended for animals that are at higher risk. You may notice that your dog has a watery discharge coming from his nose. You can learn more about this outbreak here: Agents causing tracheobronchitis can be transmitted on hands and clothing as well as through the air, so infected animals must be isolated and handlers should wear gloves ifnectious use proper handwashing to help prevent spread.

Clinical signs of infections occur days after exposure, and if uncomplicated with other agents, symptoms will last around 10 days.

In the mild form, your dog will have a recurrent cough, however, will continue to have a good appetite and be tracheobroncchitis.

Severity usually diminishes during the first 5 days, but the disease can persists for some weeks. Causes Diagnosis Treatment Recovery Advice.

Diagnosis is usually based on the symptoms and a history of recent exposure to other dogs. Affected dogs demonstrate few if any additional clinical signs except for partial anorexia.

The x-ray also showed slight heart enlargement Kennel cough will usually resolve on its own in weeks. There is an injectable Bordatella vaccine, and one that is given intranasally squirted into the nostrils. Causes of Infectious Tracheobronchitis in Dogs.

Many times, there is a recent history of boarding or coming in contact with other dogs. Diagnosis of Infectious Tracheobronchitis in Dogs. It is usually a mild, self-limiting disease but may progress to fatal bronchopneumonia in puppies or to chronic bronchitis in debilitated canije or aged dogs.


However, all content will still be available. Body temperature may be only slightly increased and WBC counts usually remain normal.

Should your dog develop infectious tracheobronchitis, there are two treatment possibilities. If this cannot be avoided, then proper vaccination is the next best option.

Canine reoviruses types 1, 2, and 3tracheobronchitjs herpesvirus, and canine adenovirus 1 CAV-1 are of questionable significance in this syndrome. Let other pet parents know what you think. Was this experience helpful?

The most common are parainfluenza virus, Bordetella bronchiseptica, and mycoplasma. Some dogs will develop mild signs similar to tracheobronchitis when given this vaccine. In addition, it takes up to 4 days after vaccination for dogs to develop protection.

Diagnosis Diagnosis is usually based on the symptoms and a history of recent exposure to other dogs. You’re in a deep sleep when a sudden harsh, jarring noise startles you awake.

However, these vaccines alone rarely provide protection against contracting the disease, although they will help reduce the severity of the disease if the animal becomes infected. There are many different agents that can cause of tracheobronchitis.

Do not disregard veterinary advice or delay treatment as a result of accessing information at this site. These can cause irritation in the lungs which can cause fluid Next, a thorough physical examination will be performed, including the taking of a temperature and a close listen to your dog’s heart and lungs with a stethoscope.

The disease will spread rapidly among dogs that are in close quarters like a kennel or hospital. Sometimes bronchodilators can be used with good effect. Normal respiration rate for small dog is about breaths per minute when the dog is resting e. Should your dog acquire infectious tracheobronchitis, you will want to do your best to reduce his stress and ensure he gets proper nutrition in order to prevent him from relapsing while he recovers.

Keep informed about the benefits of vaccination with our helpful animation. If it occurs when she is awake then it could be and should be seen by your vet. The disease can spread rapidly among susceptible dogs housed in close confinement and signs can persist for some weeks.


Recently however, research indicates that Bordetella bronchiseptica may cause disease in some humans, primarily those with compromised immune systems. Bronchodilators and even aerosol therapy can be used.

Kennel Cough: Infectious Tracheobronchitis in Dogs

Fortunately, the majority of animals that develop it do not require treatment and vaccination is available and trachebronchitis. After initial vaccination as puppies, a yearly booster is recommended. Should he be experiencing a mild case, he will continue to eat and remain alert and active. Although any one of these organisms can cause symptoms of the disease, the majority of cases are the result of more than one organism.

I tracheobronchitiss very sorry to hear about your puppy. Please do not use this video to diagnose your dog yourself; coughs due to various causes can sound and look the same.

This way you will protect your dog from becoming infected by other dogs, and protect those dogs from becoming infected by yours.

Acute infectious tracheobronchitis

If your dog develops kennel cough, you should isolate her from other dogs until it is resolved. The majority of severe cases occur in immunocompromised animals, or young unvaccinated puppies. In more severe cases, the symptoms may progress and include lethargy, fever, inappetence, pneumonia, and in very severe cases, even death. A heartworm test may be ordered if your dog is overdue for one or hasn’t been on heartworm preventative because heartworm disease is another common but often more serious cause of coughing in dogs.