Kennel Cough

See Our Vets in Durham If Your Dogs Have Kennel Cough Symptoms

New Hope Animal Hospital, conveniently located in Durham, is here to partner with you in taking care of your dogs should they fall ill. A serious illness that befalls dogs is kennel cough. This dog coughing problem is a cause of concern, and we are here to help should your dogs caught it.

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What is Kennel Cough?

Kennel cough, commonly known as Bordetella, is a highly contagious infection that affects the respiratory system. A bacterium called Bordetella bronchiseptica is the cause of kennel cough. 

Kennel Cough Transmission

In most cases, kennel cough is contracted by dogs who are around large groups of other canines. Some examples of such places include dog parks, daycare facilities, dog shows, and training groups. 

There are three ways that kennel cough can be transmitted from dog to dog. Direct contact is one way. Your dogs can also become affected by airborne droplets. The last method of transmission is through contaminated surfaces, such as shared food or water bowls. 

Kennel Cough Symptoms

Kennel cough shares many of its symptoms with a number of other ailments, such as a runny nose, low-grade fever, sneezing, loss of appetite, and lethargy.

The most obvious symptom of kennel cough, though, is a strong cough. It often includes a distinctive "honking" sound. 

Treating Kennel Cough

Many adult dogs can be successfully treated if they have kennel cough. Depending on the severity of the infection, treatment could involve rest for a week or two. Also, an antibiotic might be prescribed to prevent your dog from getting a secondary infection. Cough medicine for dogs can help ease kennel cough symptoms. 

The Bordetella Vaccine Protects Your Dogs from Kennel Cough Symptoms

Bordetella can severely impact your dogs if they are not protected from it. Fortunately, though, there is an effective vaccine that protects your dogs from Bordetella. Because kennel cough is so contagious, many places and events where there are lots of dogs require one. 

Schedule an Appointment for Your Dogs

If your dogs are experiencing kennel cough symptoms like dog coughing, make an appointment with us today. Our number is (919) 490-2000.  If your dogs participate in large dog group gatherings, speak with our veterinarian at New Hope Animal Durham about getting the Bordetella vaccine.

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