Kennel Cough in Bulldogs and French Bulldogs

Kennel Cough in Bulldogs and French Bulldogs

Kennel Cough in Bulldogs and French Bulldogs, the medical term for bulldog kennel cough is Infectious Respiratory Disease Complex (CIRDC) and/or Acute Infectious Tracheobronchitis(ITB). Bulldog Kennel Cough is a highly contiguous inflammatory condition of the upper airways.

Kennel Cough in Bulldogs and French Bulldogs SYNDROME

Bulldog Kennel Cough is defined as a syndrome because of the wide verity of clinical signs, and its association with both bacteria and viruses.
Bacteria:

  • Bordetella bronchiseptica
  • Streptococcus equi zooepidemicus
  • Mycoplasma spp

Virus:

  • Canine respiratory coronavirus (NOT the human corona like SARS and COVID-19)
  • Canine adenovirus 2
  • Canine distemper virus
  • Canine influenza viruses
  • Canine herpesvirus
  • Canine parainfluenza virus
  • Pneumovirus

Kennel Cough in Bulldogs and French Bulldogs TRANSMISSION

Most bulldog kennel infection is transmitted from one infected dog to another by air and contact as well as articles like doggy beds, grooming ancillaries, and human touch. The exception is distemper virus which can be passed via fecal-oral. Regardless, crowded areas are the most common source for exposure and transmission.

  • Kennels
  • Shelters
  • Hospitals
  • Doggy Day Care
  • Puppy classes

Kennel Cough in Bulldogs and French Bulldogs PRESENTATION

MOST COMMON/MILD

  1. COUGH: Your bulldog will likely present with a high-pitched hacking, described by some bulldog owners as “hairball” like a cough or ‘goose honk’ honking cough.
  2. NASAL D/C & SIZING
  3. GAGGING, RETCHING & VOMITING
  4. WATERY RED EYE
  5. MILD FEVER

COMPLICATED/SEVERE / CHRONIC BRONCHITIS & PNEUMONIA

  1. HIGH FEVER
  2. DEPRESS & LISTLESS
  3. LABORED
  4. COUGHING
  5. ANOREXIC

Kennel Cough in Bulldogs and French Bulldogs DIAGNOSIS:

MILD / COMMON: The diagnosis of the common mild bulldog kennel cough is based on clinical presentation and history as well as response to simple symptomatic treatment.
SEVERE / COMPLICATED: The diagnosis of the less common, complicated, severe bulldog kennel cough is based on radiographs, airways culture, cytology, and blood work.

Kennel Cough in Bulldogs and French Bulldogs RISK TO PEOPLE

Most of the bulldog kennel cough microorganisms are unlikely to affect humans

Kennel Cough in Bulldogs and French Bulldogs TREATMENT:

Common/Mild Case:

Kennel Cough in Bulldogs and French Bulldogs IMMUNE SUPPORT

  1. Home Rest
  2. Calm Stress-Free Environment
  3. RX: Cough suppressants, Antibiotics, and anti-inflammatory
  4. Proper Hydration and Nutrition
  5. Humidifier
  6. Supplements:  immune & healing supplements and economic bundles
    a. Immune Boosters: like Dr. Kraemer’s V4B Bully Immune Support chews and V4B  Bully Immune & Healing Economic Bundles
    b. Anti Inflammatory: like Dr. Kraemer’s V4B Bully Fish Oil Immune-Skin-Joint
    c. Stress Relief: like Dr. Kraemer V4B Bully Calm & StressLess chews and V4B Bully StressLess & Calm Economic Bundles

Complicated/Severe Case: Pneumonia 

  1. Critical Care: Hospitalization w IV Fluid
  2. Oxygen Support:  Oxygen Cag, Nasal Oxygen
  3. Nebulization
  4. RX Antibiotics: IV broad-spectrum antibiotics
  5. RX Antiemetics: Vomit and Nausea medical control
  6. Supplements:  immune & healing supplements and economic bundles
    a. Immune Boosters: like Dr. Kraemer’s V4B Bully Immune Support chews and V4B  Bully Immune & Healing Economic Bundles
    b. Anti Inflammatory: like Dr. Kraemer’s V4B Bully Fish Oil Immune-Skin-Joint
    c. Stress Relief: like Dr. Kraemer V4B Bully Calm & StressLess chews and V4B Bully StressLess & Calm Economic Bundles

Kennel Cough in Bulldogs and French Bulldogs Prognosis

The Most common mild bulldog kennel cough patients get better within days just with basic nursing care of symptomatic medicine and home care that include rest and stress-free environment, good nutrition, and supplements.

Dr. Kraemer’s V4B Kennel Cough in Bulldogs and French Bulldogs TIPS & WARNINGS

Kennel Cough in Bulldogs and French Bulldogs Tip #1 DURATION: Duration from infection to clinical signs are relatively short (days)

Kennel Cough in Bulldogs and French Bulldogs Tip #2 TIME & LOCATION: Different pathogens vary in importance based on geographic location and the time of the year.

Kennel Cough in Bulldogs and French Bulldogs Tip #3 ANTIBIOTICS: Antibiotics will only help the bacteria part of the infection, the virus part does not respond to antibiotics.

Kennel Cough in Bulldogs and French Bulldogs Tip #4 CORONA:  Canine respiratory coronavirus is NOT the same as the human COVID-19 coronavirus. It does NOT infect people.

Kennel Cough in Bulldogs and French Bulldogs Warning #1 SHADING: Many bulldog kennel cough carriers might be asymptomatic and silently shade and infected other dogs. Luckily most of the bulldog kennel cough bacteria and viruses live a short life. Nevertheless, proper disinfection of those “kennel” facilities is critical

Kennel Cough in Bulldogs and French Bulldogs Warning #2 IMMUNE: puppies, stressed and anxious bulldogs, immune incompetent bulldogs, and bulldogs on immune suppressants medicine are the most susceptible to the bulldog kennel cough complicated severe type.

Kennel Cough in Bulldogs and French Bulldogs Warning DR EXAM # 3:  bulldogs with the bulldog kennel cough complicated severe type should see a veterinarian as soon as possible.

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