Canine Cough (aka Kennel Cough)
Canine cough is actually as a result of infection from a number of viruses. The disease is easily spread, especially in areas where a number of dogs are in close proximity. Boarding kennels, shows, parks and obedience schools can be breeding grounds for this illness. Viruses associated with kennel cough include adenovirus type 2, canine parainfluenza and distemper. The bacteria, Bordetella bronchiseptica, is often seen as one of the factors of this disease. Symptoms include a hacking cough which is generally dry. This can be distressing for the owners as well as the dogs, especially for working dogs. The infection can also lead to pneumonia.