Let’s make one thing clear in the very beginning! Your Golden Retrievers will at least once in their lives suffer from kennel cough.
This is a harsh reality and although you don’t have much control over it, you can educate yourself on the subject.
Below you will find complete guide that will help you understand what kennel cough is. You will learn to recognize symptoms of kennel cough in Golden Retrievers, but also how to treat and prevent it.
What is Kennel Cough?
Kennel Cough or canine infectious tracheobronchitis is a highly contagious respiratory system infection caused by a variety of bacteria and viruses.
Most common culprit is a bacterium Bordetella bronchiseptica, that’s why kennel cough is also known as Bordatella.
This infection causes an inflammation in your dog’s upper respiratory tract. Usually a coat of mucus protects this tract and traps most of harmful bacteria.
Many factors can weaken this protective layer, thus making your Golden Retrievers more susceptible to infection.
How Do Golden Retrievers Catch Kennel Cough?
Since this infection can spread from one dog to another trough airborne droplets, they usually contract it at the places with large number of other canines. Most Golden Retrievers get kennel cough from being in dog shelters and kennels.
Some of the factors that increase probability of your Golden Retriever contracting kennel cough:
Exposures to cigarette smoke or dust
Being kept in crowded conditions (Kennels, shelters)
Exposure to poorly ventilated conditions
Symptoms of Kennel Cough?
Most notable symptom you will notice when kennel cough is affecting your Golden Retriever is a persistent, forceful, hacking cough, with distinguishable honk like sound.
Some dogs may show other symptoms like eye discharge, runny nose, or sneezing. Apart from coughing most dogs will appear healthy, and they should retain their appetite.
Can Kennel Cough Be Dangerous For My Golden Retriever?
In most cases kennel cough will not seriously affect your Golden Retriever. On the other hand, puppies, elderly dogs or dogs with weaker immune system can suffer from more serious condition that in some cases can develop into pneumonia.
How To Treat Kennel Cough In Golden Retrievers?
Kennel cough is more of a nuisance than actual condition for most dogs, and your Golden Retriever will recover from it within three weeks. In some cases recovery process can last up to six weeks.
You can help and speed up this process by properly ventilating your Golden Retriever’s living space. Also, you should use a harness as it’s more suitable in these condition and it will not aggravate dog’s wind pipe unlike collar and lead.
If there is need for treatment antibiotics will do the trick.
Is there a kennel cough vaccine?
You can eliminate or reduce effectiveness of some viruses that cause kennel cough trough puppy and booster vaccinations.
These viruses include canine influenza, canine distemper, canine parainfluenza virus and canine adenovirus type two.
Protection against most common cause of kennel cough – Bordatella bronchiseptica is given as a separate vaccine through nasal drops or injection.
Although highly contagious, kennel cough is not a serious condition.
Your Golden Retriever should recover from it in couple of weeks without any treatment or medication.
But, if you notice your dog is not recovering or the condition is getting progressively worse, please visit vet.