Canine Parainfluenza – Symptoms and Treatment

Those who have a dog have an unconditional friend and that is why our pet deserves the best and we as owners should give it a continuous and complete state of well-being, but unfortunately this does not just happen to give you a proper diet , take it periodically to the veterinarian and pamper him, since our dog will always be susceptible to suffer various diseases.

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For this reason it is important that we keep ourselves informed about what diseases can affect our dog and through which symptoms can manifest themselves. In this way we can act quickly and properly, which will be vital for your recovery.

To facilitate this task, in this article of YourCatCareguide we show you the symptoms and treatment of canine parainfluenza .

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What is canine parainfluenza?

Canine parainfluenza is a virus that belongs to the family Paramyxoviridae , and along with other groups of pathogens is responsible for canine infectious tracheobronchitis , which is popularly known as kennel cough .

This virus is transmitted by air from one dog to the other (so it is common to find it when several dogs live together, hence the name of cough of kennels), this transmission occurs through small drops that the dogs secrete through your nose and / or mouth.

The parainfluenza canine virus is fixed and replicates in cells that cover the trachea, bronchi and bronchioles, nasal mucosa and lymph nodes, mainly causing a clinical picture at respiratory level.

Symptoms of canine parainfluenza

We must mention that canine parainfluenza has an incubation period that oscillates between 4 and 7 days, during this period the dog shows no symptoms.

When the virus is already replicating, the most obvious symptoms through which canine parainfluenza is manifested is a severe dry cough that ends with arches, however, depending on each case may also have the following symptoms:

  • Nasal and ocular discharge
  • Fever
  • Lethargy
  • Loss of appetite
  • Broncopneumonia
  • Cough
  • Vomiting
  • Expulsion of phlegm

What if I think my dog ​​has canine influenza?

If you notice in your dog some of the symptoms we mentioned earlier should go to the vet urgently to determine the cause.

Canine parainfluenza is diagnosed by taking a sample of the nasal or buccal mucosa in order to isolate and identify the pathogen that is causing the symptoms. A blood test can also be done to see if there is an increase in the blood of certain antibodies.

Treatment of canine parainfluenza

The treatment of canine parainfluenza is usually symptomatic, since in a period of approximately 10 days the dog must have already generated enough antibodies and will have overcome the disease , which we must clarify that it is benign.

As a symptomatic treatment, antipyretic drugs (to reduce fever) and expectorants may be given to relieve the accumulation of mucus in the respiratory tract.

However, the injury that produces canine parainfluenza in the respiratory mucosa is harnessed by multiple bacteria to colonize these areas and grow, so it is customary for the veterinarian due to initiate a treatment with antibiotics to prevent any complication.

Prevention of canine parainfluenza

The canine parainfluenza vaccine is included in the vaccination program for dogs, so just follow the vaccine schedule to prevent this disease.

In addition to taking this important step, if our dog will be continuously confined to other dogs, for example in case we leave it in a canine hotel, then it must be specifically vaccinated against kennel cough .

This vaccine can be applied nasally or intraparentally, and in the case of the first vaccination several doses are required.

This article is purely informative, in we do not have the capacity to prescribe veterinary treatments nor to make any type of diagnosis. We suggest you bring your pet to the veterinarian in case of any type of condition or malaise.

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