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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Steroids or xanine suppressants are not usually recommended because of the risk of immunosuppression with steroids and the need to continue to clear extra fluid or mucous in pneumonia patients.

Acute infectious tracheobronchitis

Fortunately, the majority of animals that develop it do not require treatment tracheobronvhitis vaccination is available and effective. Your dog may experience a mild or severe case of infectious tracheobronchitis. The epithelial linings are roughened and opaque, a result of diffuse fibrosis, edema, and mononuclear cell infiltration.

Book me a walkiee? Many times, there is a recent history of boarding or coming in contact with other dogs.

If you have other dogs in your home, separate them if you can and thoroughly clean any bedding, bowls, or toys that the sick dog uses before allowing the other dog s access to them. Most common is tetracycline, or trimethoprim-sulfa. Kennel Cough Infectious Tracheobronchitis in Dogs.

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. Treating the mild case infectiois not shorten the length in which the animal will be a potential spreader of the disease.


Stress, particularly due to adverse environmental conditions and improper nutrition, may contribute to a relapse during convalescence. Sometimes bronchodilators can be used with good caninee. Dogs with complicated kennel cough, in which the infection has moved into the lungs and become pneumonia, may show some or all of the signs below.

When you combine these facts, you will see why it is strongly recommend that a dog not be given intranasal vaccine within 72 hours of inectious into contact with other susceptible dogs. Canine Cough, or canine infectios tracheobronchitis, is a highly contagious respiratory disease in dogs.

Has Symptoms Coughing, lethargy, barely eating. Once the infection has been resolved, your dog will eliminate the bacteria for six to 14 weeks, meaning that he can spread the disease to other animals during that time period.

There are vaccinations available against several agents that cause kennel cough: You may notice that your dog has a watery discharge coming from his nose. Related Questions Puppy-vomit, rigid, rapid respiration, lungs filled, fluid, blood Should he be experiencing a mild case, he will continue to eat and remain alert and active.

When you visit your Veterinarian they may prescribe antibiotics if there is a secondary bacterial infection, otherwise support Gemma through it.

In more severe cases, the symptoms may progress and include lethargy, fever, inappetence, pneumonia, and in very severe cases, even death. Dogs with kennel cough should always be isolated from other dogs because it is an extremely contagious condition.

Infectious Tracheobronchitis in Dogs

In more severely affected dogs with complicated cases of kennel cough, antibiotics, hospitalization, or intravenous fluids may be required for support. In addition, it takes up to 4 days after vaccination for dogs to develop protection. Should the case be more serious, you may see the following in your dog: Bacterial cultures, viral isolation, and blood work can be performed to verify individual agents of the disease, but due to the characteristic nature of the symptoms, these tests are not routinely performed.


It is commonly seen where dogs are in close contact with each other, e. In addition, bronchodilators like aminophylline or cough suppressants may also be used in treatment of mild cases. Canine infectious tracheobroonchitis CITBalso colloquially known as canine cough, is a highly contagious multifactorial disease characterized by acute or chronic inflammation of the trachea and bronchial airways.

Kennel Cough: Infectious Tracheobronchitis in Dogs

It is important to work with your veterinarian as pneumonia can be life threatening without prompt and proper treatment. Symptoms of Infectious Tracheobronchitis in Dogs. Severity usually diminishes during the first 5 days, but the disease can persists for some weeks. In more serious cases of infectious tracheobronchitis, where your dog has a fever, is not eating or is showing signs of pneumonia, antibiotics will likely be recommended.

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