This beautiful pup is Harley, an 8-year-old Aussie mix. Harley was given to his mom as a gift from her late brother, so she has a special bond with the pup. Harley's mom is also on a limited income of Social Security, so when he began coughing, she became very worried.
The coughing started small, and she kept an eye on it. But then it was getting to the point that Harley was coughing every time he got up and would walk around. His mom knew she had to get him to the vet ASAP. At the vet it was discovered that Harley had kennel cough.
According to Fetch by WebMD: “Dogs ‘catch’ kennel cough when they inhale bacteria or virus particles into their respiratory tract. This tract is normally lined with a coating of mucus that traps infectious particles, but there are a number of factors that can weaken this protection and make dogs prone to kennel cough infection, which results in inflammation of the larynx (voice box) and trachea (windpipe).”
The classic symptom of kennel cough is a persistent, forceful cough that often sounds like a goose honk. Some other signs of kennel cough can include sneezing, a runny nose, or even eye discharge.
Kennel cough is VERY contagious, so if you think your pup may have it, it's highly recommended to keep them away from other pets and contact your vet immediately. Dogs who receive the Bordetella vaccine are much less likely to get kennel cough.
Most dogs recover within three weeks, though it can take up to six weeks in senior dogs or those with additional medical conditions. Please be aware that serious, ongoing kennel cough can lead to pneumonia if you don’t follow up with your veterinarian if your dog doesn't improve within the expected amount of time.
Harley was given antibiotics and his mom will monitor him going forward. Thankfully, he is expected to make a full recovery.
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