• The Scent ... Kennel cough

  • colliebird
    Sniffa Since Nov 09Working DogsDog BreederShow DogsDog Owner
  • It's that time of the year again, so here's some information on
    Kennel Cough in dogs will stimulate a coarse, dry, hacking cough about three to seven days after the dog is initially infected. It sounds as if the dog needs to "clear it's throat" and the cough will be triggered by any extra activity or exercise. Many dogs that acquire Kennel Cough will cough every few minutes, all day long. Their general state of health and alertness will be unaffected. They usually have no rise in temperature, and do not lose their appetite. The signs of Canine Cough usually will last from 7 to 21 days and can be very annoying for the dog and the dog's owners. Life threatening cases of Kennel Cough are extremely rare and a vast majority of dogs that acquire the infection will recover on their own with no medication. Cough suppressants and occasionally antibiotics are the usual treatment selections.

    Actually, clinical cases of Kennel Cough are usually caused by several infectious agents working together to damage and irritate the lining of the dog's trachea and upper bronchii. The damage to the tracheal lining is fairly superficial, but exposes nerve endings that become irritated simply by the passage of air over the damaged tracheal lining. Once the organisms are eliminated the tracheal lining will heal rapidly. The most common organisms associated with Canine Cough are the bacteria called Bordetella bronchiseptica and two viruses called Parainfluenza virus and Adenovirus and even an organism called Mycoplasma

    The causative organisms can be present in the expired air of an infected dog, much the same way that human "colds" are transmitted. The airborne organisms will be carried in the air in microscopically tiny water vapour or dust particles. The airborne organisms, if inhaled by a susceptible dog, can attach to the lining of the trachea and upper airway passages, find a warm, moist surface on which to reside and replicate, and eventually damage the cells they infect.

    Posted 26/11/2009 17:24

  • Sniff 1 Posted 27/11/2009 16:15

  • Hands On Paws
    Sniffa Since Nov 09Dog Business
  • Honey down the throat and some chesty benylin in milk is what i use. You just have to ride it out, making the dog as comfortable as possible.

    Hands On Paws

  • Sniff 2 Posted 27/11/2009 17:20

  • colliebird
    Sniffa Since Nov 09Working DogsDog BreederShow DogsDog Owner
  • I never recommend honey as some dogs are allergic to it, and it isn't good for puppies, the same as it is not recommended for children under 12 months.
    My dogs just take the Benalyn from the spoon. They love it.


    In reply to Hands On Paws

  • Sniff 3 Posted 23/01/2010 20:03

  • Avansa
    Sniffa Since Jan 10Dog Owner
  • My puppy got kennel cough, and we decided to go to the vet just to make sure that's what it actually was, and if she wanted to put him on any kind of antibiotic for it. She said that actually, there was a chance that is could be lungworm (unlikely, but VERY dangerous if untreated) and gave us a wormer to mix in with his food. It turned out that it was actually kennel cough, and he was fine after about a weed and a half, but I would always encourage people to go and check with their vet.


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