Can my dog get the dog kennel cough at home?
It's possible, but less probable than in an exhibition, or a canine residence. There is no unique organism responsible for the dog's cough or infectious traqueobronquitis, as it is also known. However, the Bordetella bronchisepticus bacteria can be isolated in most cases, and produce a cough that can be very serious. This cough is produced whenever you touch the region of the throat over the trachea. Probably the nose is also affected (there is a great nasal discharge). Apart from this bacteria, a virus could also be implicated, the canine adenovirus CAV-2. The CAV-1 can also originate this infection if the virus particles are inhaled. The canine influenza virus is sometimes implicated also, as well as other pathogenic, like microplasmas, though these are less important. In any case, the dog's cough tends to limit itself, and usually their life is not in danger, though is very disgusting for the dog. Complications may probably arise, as pneumonia, in an older dog. Normally, symptoms disappear, more or less, in three weeks, but recurrent cases are normal in pounds, as immunity tends to be transitory. Actually there is an effective vaccine against all main causes of dog's cough, and are recommended forthat have been in pounds, or have assisted regularly to canine exhibitions. In some cases, this vaccine can be administrated in an intranasal way (pulverized over the nasal orifices), better than a shot, as is done usually with puppies.