Thursday, October 24, 2013

Dr. Jodi Heim on Kennel Cough

Kennel cough is a bacterial infection in the respiratory tract.  It causes bronchitis, with a harsh, dry cough.  Rarely, it can lead to pneumonia.  It is called “kennel cough” due to the highly contagious nature in dogs housed in close quarters.  Often dogs are affected after being adopted from a shelter or being boarded at a kennel.  Uncomplicated cases of kennel cough respond very well to antibiotic treatment.  There is a high risk for the other dogs in the household to get the infection as well so they should be closely monitored and separated if possible.  Dogs in contact with other dogs (dog park, Petsmart, boarding, day care) should be vaccinated yearly to help prevent infection.

Dr. Jodi Heim, D.V.M. - HAH 
Tufts University, 2011

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