- Kennel cough is a highly contagious disease of dogs, and tends to occur where numbers of dogs are grouped together, for example in boarding kennels and stray dog homes:
- The incubation period is generally 3-10 days after exposure.
- The syndrome is characterised by the acute onset of an intermittent dry cough precipitated by excitement or exercise. Paroxysmal coughing may occur in more severe cases, and in some cases coughing may be followed
- gagging or retching. Coughing may be precipitated by pinching the trachea. Dogs generally stay bright and well and continue to eat.
- Some cases show serous or mucopurulent nasal discharge, and some may
- develop systemic signs such as pyrexia or anorexia.
- Signs usually resolve within 1-3 weeks and recovery is generally uneventful.
- Occasional cases may develop bronchopneumonia. More severe signs are generally seen where there is an uncertain vaccination history, and it is more likely that viruses such as CDV or CAV are involved.
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