In most cases, viruses or a combination of different pathogens are the cause of kennel cough. The duration of the disease depends on the trigger: If only viruses are involved, kennel cough is rather mild and sounds after 14 days off again. This is true of most infected dogs.
On the other hand, it becomes dangerous if, in addition to the viruses, bacteria are also up to mischief and attach themselves to the attacked cells of the respiratory tract. Has one secondary infection develops, severe, purulent inflammation can develop in the upper respiratory tract and tonsillitis or pneumonia can occur. Conjunctivitis can also occur in the sick animal. Severe courses sometimes drag on for several months and end in the worst case deadly.
A severe course of the disease occurs when the immune system of the dog weakened and cannot fight off the pathogens well. This is the case with animals that are heavily wormed or with old dogs. Kennel cough can also be dangerous for puppies. Stress is also a factor that can negatively affect the animals’ defenses and promote a serious infection with kennel cough.
The disease owes its name “kennel cough” to its occurrence in dogs that live together in a close community, for example in kennels. The pathogens spread particularly quickly there. Individually kept animals are affected less often.
There is no obligation to report kennel cough.
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