Puppy Kennel Cough

Posted June 16th, 2011 by ron1945

Overview of Kennel Cough in Puppies:

 

All of the information found in this website on Dog Kennel Cough is applicable to puppies as well. 

Kennel Cough is an upper respiratory illness (canine infectious tracheobronchitis, Bordetella or Bordetellosis–also referred to as “kennel cold”)  in puppies is no different than with older more mature animals.  This is a highly contagious disease . . . generally caught by being in close proximity to other infected dogs.  Puppies can be especially susceptible because their immune systems are not well developed.  In addition to being a nasty sounding hacking cough, the prolonged occurrence could well become something more severe–pneumonia. 

Puppies can be vaccinated to help fend off this nagging problem, and is highly recommend you consult with your vet to determine the proper preventative treatment for your particular dog.  Because of the highly contagious nature of this disease, “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.”  As much as possible isolate your puppy from other dogs–especially from kennels, vet offices when you could seek assistance via the telephone and dog shows.  The more animals present, the greater chance of your puppy being infected.  Keeping your pet’s eating and sleeping areas as clean as possible is helpful.

Once an occurrence of Kennel Cough has been suspected–consult with your vet–simple helps will assist you dog over this noisy malady.  Follow the directions given by your veterinarian; isolate your pet from others in the house because of the high contagion present, medication (as directed), clean the puppies food and water containers frequently . . . as well as their bedding.

This disease, if treated properly, can be more of an inconvenient annoyance than a real health problem.  However, treatment and care are a must for an infected puppy.  Failure to address this problem can result in the possible death of your puppy.

The information contained in the articles on this website is provided for information purposes only.  The articles are not written by veterinarians per se.  As such, the information should not be considered as a replacement for the advice of a veterinarian.  Great care is made in the creation of these articles; however, we cannot guarantee their accuracy and/or omissions.  In all cases where doubt may exist, we recommend seeking appropriate professional veterinary advice and assistance.

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