What is it?
Canine cough is caused by several viruses and bacteria, the most common being Parainfluenza virus and Bordetella bronchiseptica. Canine cough is a highly contagious disease which causes inflammation of the upper respiratory tract. This virus is spread through air, contact of contaminated surfaces and is spread quickly to animals in close contact.
Although there is a vaccine against Parainfluenza virus and Bordetella bronchiseptica, vaccinated dogs can still contract and spread the virus. In vaccinated dogs symptoms are generally not as severe and the course of the disease is shorter. Veterinary attention is recommended for all cases.
Your pet should be confined to your property with no walking and limited contact with other dogs. Confinement should last at least a week after the symptoms have stopped.
Is it in Singleton ?
Yes, it’s very common. We see cases most weeks. We generally ask clients to leave their pets in the car if they are coming in with canine cough symptoms so it doesn’t spread to hospital cases. If we suspect a case has been into the building or grounds we disinfect everything. But, most of our clients vaccinate, so we don’t have a problem. The lesson is – vaccinate at the vets and your dog in Singleton will be fine.
Symptoms generally appear two to three days after exposure and an infected animal can still spread this virus days and weeks after their symptoms resolve. In some cases, this disease can lead to pneumonia. Listed below are the symptoms which an infected dog may show:
- Harsh, dry/hacking cough
- Vomiting, generally after excitement or exercise
Symptoms vary from case to case and are generally not as intense if your pet has been vaccinated against the disease. Symptoms generally last 10-20 days but can relapse if a dog is put into a stressful situation during the recovery period.
A diagnosis is made by symptoms the dog is showing, history of the pet and eliminating any other possible cause for coughing.
Treatment involves the use of antibiotics and cough suppressants. Cough suppressants only at night so your pet can cough up mucus during the day. The course of antibiotics should always be finished, even if the symptoms have stopped and the cough syrup should be used only when your pet is coughing.