Friday, May 28, 2010

Is Your Dog At Risk Of Kennel Cough Pneumonia?

Kennel cough pneumonia is very common in dogs and tends to be contracted by dogs that have stayed at a boarding kennel with other dogs, for a period of time. kennel cough pneumonia is usually associated with these boarding kennels however some dogs can catch kennel cough pneumonia without having been boarded.

Kennel cough pneumonia is caused by an airborne virus. This virus that causes kennel cough pneumonia is highly contagious. If your dog happens to be in the vicinity of a dog that is infected with kennel cough pneumonia then there is the risk that your dog might well catch kennel cough pneumonia too. Under these circumstances kennel cough pneumonia does not normally display itself for 8-10 days so it is something you need to watch out for over several weeks after being near a dog that has kennel cough pneumonia.

Although you can obtain a vaccine from your vet for kennel cough pneumonia, sometimes these vaccines do not work because there are many different strains of kennel cough pneumonia. You can obtain kennel cough pneumonia preventative vaccines too,but there is also no guarantee that this will prevent your dog from infection.

The symptoms of Kennel Cough vary but in general they include a dry cough. This cough makes the dog sound like they have something caught in the throat and they are trying to clear it. This coughing can be a one of cough or last for several minutes at a time. There is no pattern.

You might want to treat this nasty infection with natural treatments. You can use vitamins like vitamin C, herbal infusions like Echinacea or Goldenseal or Colloidal Silver. In addition you can also give your dog homeopathic remedies such as Bryonia which comes in pellet form. Honey also helps to soothe a sore and irritated throat that is a result of the ongoing cough.