Published on October 10, 2014
Kennel cough is a common term to describe a respiratory cough and symptoms, usually following your dog being boarded, groomed or a visit to the dog park. It is caused by several pathogens both viral and bacterial. These include: Parainfluenza, Adenovirus, Canine respiratory coronavirus, Canine herpes virus, Bordetella bronchiseptica, Mycoplasma spp. and Strep. zooepidemicus. Kennel cough is now better termed as Canine: Infectious Respiratory Disease Complex (CIRDC).
Environmental factors and host immune response also play an important role in the development of CIRDC. Unfortunately, CIRDC is not a vaccine preventable condition. But by vaccinating for some of the pathogens, it will allow partial protection and decrease the severity of the infection if it should occur.
Some great information to help a dog recover from this condition and lead a long and healthy life are listed below:
Vaccines to administer to your pets to help reduce the risk for the Canine Infectious Respiratory Disease Complex would include: DHPP, Bordetella and Canine Influenza Vaccine.
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