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Understanding Kennel Cough in Dogs: Causes, Symptoms, and Prevention

Overview of Kennel Cough

Kennel cough is an upper respiratory tract infection in dogs caused by both viral and bacterial components.

Transmission and Contagiousness

Highly Contagious: Kennel cough is airborne and easily transmitted between dogs in close proximity.

Symptoms: Dogs with kennel cough typically exhibit a dry, harsh cough, expelling bacteria and viruses with each cough.

Impact and Severity

Risk Groups: Younger and older dogs are more susceptible to severe illness due to weaker immune systems.

Potential Complications: Severe cases can lead to pneumonia, requiring intensive treatment and supportive care.

Prevention with Vaccination

Vaccine Availability: A vaccine is available to prevent kennel cough and is recommended for dogs in environments where exposure is likely, such as kennels or dog-walking services.

Vaccine Effectiveness: While not 100% effective, the vaccine reduces symptoms and minimizes the severity of infection if contracted.

Vaccination Protocol: The intranasal vaccine is typically administered 10-14 days before potential exposure to ensure effectiveness and prevent transmission.