Recently, a lot of dogs have been diagnosed with Infectious Tracheobronchitis, a version of Kennel Cough.
There are actually a lot of “bugs” that could be causing this cough, but veterinarians in town have seen a rise in the Caine Influenza Virus, which is likely the main problem.
“A lot of people notice a dry hacking cough, they’re reporting, ‘I think he’s trying to vomit something up,’ sometimes some phlegm can come out with this dry hacking cough. A lot of our patients have still been eating, drinking, and acting normal otherwise it’s just the cough people are noticing,” said Veterinarian, Christy Skoglund.
The virus is highly contagious, so if your dog has been out lately and you notice excessive coughing, take them to the vet immediately.
There, they’ll check for a temperature and if infected, prescribe an antibiotic. If the cough does not go away, there is a possibility of the virus progressing into pneumonia.
If your dog is not yet infected, you can take precautionary measures by getting a vaccine.
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