Over the last few weeks, our vets in Discovery Bay have diagnosed a high number of a respiratory tract infection called Kennel Cough. Our vets are worried that there might be an outbreak of Kennel cough in Discovery Bay area.
Kennel Cough is an infectious bronchitis of dogs characterized by a harsh, hacking cough that most people describe as sounding like “something stuck in my dog’s throat.” This bronchitis may be of brief duration and mild enough to warrant no treatment at all, but can occasionally progress to a secondary upper respiratory tract bacterial infection or more serious pneumonia.
Numerous organisms may be involved, including both viral and bacterial agents.
An uncomplicated kennel cough runs a course of a week or two and entails frequent fits of coughing in a patient who otherwise feels active and normal. Uncomplicated cases do not involve fever or listlessness, just lots of coughing.
Kennel cough is a very infectious disease spread through an animal's respiratory secretions which get aerosolized into the air. Classically, dogs get infected when they are kept in a crowded situation, or socialize with a lot of other dogs. The warm humid environment also contributes to its spread.
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