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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In addition, your veterinarian will likely ask about any recent exposure to other dogs who may have had infectious tracheobronchitis. The most common symptom is a dry hacking cough sometimes followed by retching. When you visit your Veterinarian they may prescribe antibiotics if there is a secondary bacterial infection, otherwise support Gemma through it.

Your veterinarian will conduct a physical examination of your dog and ask you what symptoms you have noticed and for how long they have been present.

Clinical and Pathological Findings The prominent clinical sign is paroxysms of harsh, dry coughing, which may be followed by retching and gagging. Learn how you can do your part to protect against Canine Cough and keep bonds strong.

Kennel Cough: Infectious Tracheobronchitis in Dogs

However, the illness is most commonly passed around in situations where dogs are housed or kept together in crowded conditions with warm, poorly circulating air. Bronchial washing is an additional diagnostic aid that may demonstrate causative agents tracheobroncgitis significant cellular responses eg, eosinophils.

It sounds a bit like a goose honking. More commonly, for best protection, an intranasal vaccine containing both parainfluenza and Bordetella is used. Antibiotics are typically not prescribed when infectios dog is experiencing the mild form of the illness and if they are, they will not decrease the length of time that your dog will be able to spread the infection.


Clinical signs of infections occur days after exposure, and if uncomplicated with other agents, symptoms will last around 10 days. Sometimes bronchodilators can be used with good effect. Intranasal vaccines are effective, but due to some possible side effects are recommended for animals that are at higher risk.

Acute infectious tracheobronchitis

Infectious agents involved There are many different agents that can cause of tracheobronchitis. Causes Diagnosis Treatment Recovery Advice.

The x-ray also showed slight heart enlargement Kennel cough will usually resolve on its own in weeks. In the most common mild uncomplicated form of the disease, antibiotics may or may not be used.

Let other pet parents know what you think. When you take your dog to the veterinarian for a cough, the first thing the tracgeobronchitis will do is take a complete history from you to find out how long the cough has been going on and whether there are any other signs of illness being displayed along with it.

The diagnosis is usually made from the history and clinical signs and by elimination of other causes of coughing. Treatment of Infectious Tracheobronchitis in Dogs.

Kennel Cough (Infectious Tracheobronchitis) in Dogs

This outbreak has been determined to be caused by a new strain of canine influenza virus: 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.


Found almost worldwide, the disease will affect a worrying percentage of horses in their lifetime. Intranasal vaccines create localized immunity that greatly reduces the incidence of clinical signs and illness.

You will also trwcheobronchitis to ensure your dog has good hygiene. After initial vaccination as puppies, a yearly booster is recommended. What are Infectious Tracheobronchitis?

Danine Fever Productive cough Loss of appetite Possible development of pneumonia Severe cases are typically only seen in dogs with a compromised immune system or puppies who have not yet been vaccinated. If the respiration is fast, heavy, shallow or with extra ‘push’ from the abdomen In the mild form, your dog will have a recurrent cough, however, will continue to have trcaheobronchitis good appetite and be alert. Diagnosis is usually based on the symptoms and a history of recent exposure to other dogs.

Bordatella tracheobronchiyis, canine adenovirus 2, canine influenza, canine distemper, and parainfluenza. However, with uncomplicated kennel cough cases, the dog eats and acts normally between coughing fits, has good energy levels, and appears completely fine otherwise.

The helpful receptionist who answers the phone tells you to set up an examination appointment in the morning because your dog might have kennel cough. It takes you ijfectious moment to realize that your dog made the sound, but you become fully alert when she repeats it a few times from the foot of your bed.