Also known as infectious tracheobronchitis (ITB), kennel cough results from an inflammation of the upper airways. It is usually associated with infection with one or more viral or bacterial agents. If you frequently board your dogs at kennels or attend positive dog training classes, you may run the risk of exposing your furry best friends to kennel cough.
In this article, we’ll discuss canine infectious respiratory disease (CIRD) in dogs and kennel cough, and how CBD may be beneficial for kennel cough.
Even the most careful pet parents can’t guarantee his or her dog won’t come into contact with an infected dog. Nowadays, though, most dogs will be vaccinated with the Bordetella vaccine against kennel cough.
Be sure to discuss with your veterinarian which vaccines your puppy will need, and also understand that if you’ll be boarding your puppy, attending positive dog training classes, visiting the dog beach or dog park, your puppy will need this vaccine. It is available as either an injectable or nasal spray vaccine.
With Bordetella the most common cause of kennel cough, it’s key to understanding that there are other causes like viruses (parainfluenza virus) and different bacteria that may also be involved with similar symptoms.
“Common clinical signs include nasal discharge, coughing, respiratory distress, fever, lethargy, and lower respiratory tract infections. The clinical signs caused by the different pathogens associated with this syndrome are similar, which makes differential diagnosis challenging,” viaPlos One.
So what is kennel cough or ITB? Because it’s usually a mild disease, it will normally improve on its own. That said, ITB, can also result in fatal bronchopneumonia in pups and younger dogs, as well as affect older dogs or dogs with existing health conditions. Kennel cough spreads fast among susceptible dogs and puppies within the same household, or in kennels and veterinary clinics.
The latest research demonstrates that there are fewer cases of kennel cough in dogs that have been vaccinated.
Thisstudy adds that“The low detection rate of traditional CIRD agents such asB.bronchiseptica, CAV and CDV might be associated with the extensive vaccination programs adopted in the United States, which may have reduced the circulation of these pathogens in the canine population.”
Additionally, the researchers add that“Key findings were that younger dogs and those with a higher number of co-infections are more likely to develop severe clinical signs, underscoring the importance of vaccination against CIRD at an early age.”