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Kennel cough: what are the causes?

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The arrival of winter and low temperatures bring with it a greater predisposition to the flu. For dogs, one of the diseases that most commonly occur at this time of year is kennel cough – a highly contagious disease that easily “spreads” in environments with many dogs, such as kennels. It is also known as canine infectious tracheobronchitis or canine flu.

The disease is caused by the bacteria Bordetella bronchiseptica, Canine Parainfluenza virus and adenovirus type 2, however, may have signs aggravated by infection by other agents that also affect the respiratory system of animals. The virus is transmitted by direct contact through the nasal secretions of infected dogs or indirect contact, through the air, respiratory secretions, aerosols and contaminated objects such as pots, beds, houses, toys, etc.

Kennel Cough Symptoms

Cough, with or without discharge, is the most common sign. Dogs look like they are choking on some object and this draws the attention of the guardians. It usually appears between five and seven days after contact with another dog. Other symptoms are runny nose, the production of white foam that can give the impression of vomiting, fever, listlessness, discouragement and lack of appetite.

However, there are asymptomatic dogs, that is, that do not show any symptoms, but that are carriers (of the virus or bacteria) can pass to another dog, without contracting the disease.

If left untreated, the flu can worsen to pneumonia, so always take it to your veterinarian.


Never medicate the animal on its own, as they can be easily poisoned. Human medications like aspirin and acetaminophen can be fatal for them. Always take it to the veterinarian as only he will know the specific treatment for your animal.

Kennel Cough treatment may include cough suppressants and bronchodilators to lessen the discomfort of symptoms. In more severe cases, the use of antibiotics may be indicated. The veterinarian may also request the culture of secretions to identify the main or secondary infectious agent, in order to recommend more specific medications.

Important care for your pet in winter

Some precautions are important during the coldest times of the year to avoid Kennel Cough. Keep the animal hydrated, with stronger food, isolated from other dogs when possible.

Vaccination minimizes respiratory signs and reduces transmission to other dogs. The vaccine can be applied intranasally or injected subcutaneously, requiring two doses and an annual booster.

Dogs are prone to getting the flu when the weather gets colder and drier and the spread of disease-carrying particles is facilitated. In addition, there is a decrease in the immunological resistance of dogs, which tend to have more dry airways and, therefore, unprotected. Therefore, offer supplements that help boost immunity it’s very important.

Low immunity is when the body’s defense system is not able to protect the body as it should against external aggression and ends up not fighting infections properly. That is why it is essential to take good care of your health to maintain “high immunity”. Just like for us, some nutrients help to increase the pet’s immunity and act to reduce the risk of developing various diseases!

Tips on how to increase pet immunity

A good diet is responsible for making the pet stronger. In the case of animals that already suffer from chronic diseases, it helps to minimize symptoms and increase the response to drug treatment. Yes, this is all through food!

This is because some nutrients act as immunomodulators, that is, they are responsible for increasing the body’s defenses. With that in mind, Botica Pets has developed a line of natural supplements to help improve pet immunity.

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See some of the ingredients present in the formulas

brewer’s yeast – it helps in the maintenance of the intestinal microbiota, as it is a source of B-complex vitamins. To enjoy the benefit of the ingredient, the use of the supplement is recommended, as it uses only its bioactive. In this way, it provides greater benefit to the pet.

Garlic – has bacterial, antifungal and antiviral action. However, if ingested in inadequate amounts by the pet, it can lead to poisoning. Therefore, opt for supplements that use only the bioactive of this ingredient, in a safe way for the pet.

Carrot – a source of fiber, minerals (such as phosphorus, potassium, calcium and sodium) and vitamins (A, B2, B3 and C).

Artichoke – lupeol, present in artichokes, has a toxic action against tumor cells and has antioxidant activity. In addition to promoting the release of the immune response and increasing the production and secretion of bile. Facilitating digestion and elimination of toxins.

You can choose to Formula Force or Balance to help your pet.

Balance formula: Mainly indicated for skin and coat, in addition to increasing immunity and assisting in liver metabolism. Buy here!

Formula Force: mainly indicated for elderly and convalescent animals, acts as an invigorating, increasing immunity, stimulating appetite and contributing to muscle mass. Buy here!

All our supplements are 100% natural, without preservatives, and the ingredients, when combined, enhance and complement each other, promoting a synergistic effect that provides health and longevity to pets. Supplements are palatable and easy to offer to the pet. In addition, they are approved by veterinarians and registered with the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Supply (MAPA).

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