Kennel Cough also known as infectious tracheobronchitis is very common and contagious in dogs. Signs and symptoms can occur within days of contact with an infected animal. This usually occurs when a dog is placed in confined places with other dogs who may be infected. Examples are poorly ventilated kennels and veterinary clinics where pets are boarded. Kennel cough is usually viral in origin but can also become bacterial.
Clinical signs of kennel cough appear anywhere from 5 to 10 days after exposure to affected dogs. While the cough may sound serious, this disease is often harmless and dogs recover uneventfully in a week or so. Symptoms may last as long as 20 days. It is worthwhile to note that kennel cough may have potentially serious respiratory complications for very young and very old dogs. The cough produced is harsh, dry, and can be quite loud and forceful; sometimes inducing dry heaves or retching.
Treatment for kennel cough is aimed at cough control. In some cases, antibiotics are needed when the infection is bacterial, but most often dogs will recover on their own in 5-20 days. The cough control is important because it reduces damage to the trachea. Conservative treatment usually involves control of the cough with narcotics that contain codeine type compounds to suppress the cough. These medications can cause side effects as well as severe constipation in your dog.
A natural treatment of kennel cough is now available. This herbal remedy for kennel cough is completely natural without side effects. This has been shown to be extremely effective in dogs with excellent results. PetAlive Respo-K is now available for the treatment of kennel cough in your dog.
Best treatment of kennel cough is prevention. Try to avoid placing your pet in poorly ventilated kennels or boarding quarters with other dogs. This is a very contagious disease and can be contracted despite all efforts at prevention.
Consider a natural and homeopathic remedy and treatment for kennel cough.