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Kennel Cough

Cindy VanDerVelden - Saturday, March 08, 2014

Kennel cough is a term loosely used to describe a complex of infections both viral and bacterial that causes inflammation of a dog’s voice box and windpipe. It’s a form of bronchitis and is similar to a chest cold in humans. Kennel cough is highly contagious to other dogs. It is a respiratory disease among dogs caused by a combination of bacteria and vira, which can often be detected via a dry, hacking or "honking" cough.

Also, symptons include nasal discharge, inappetence, fever, etc., It is typically caught in several ways - through the air, directly from dog to dog or through germs on contaminated objects. This includes water dishes, toys or playing sticks and the like.

Often kennel cough is spread in enclosed areas with poor air circulation; at exhibitons, animal shelters, clinics, training classes or kennels, hence the name. It is also an aliment that can be triggered by stress and a weakened or underdeveloped immune system, and can be compared to the human cold and in most cases is not-harming.



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