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 variety of clinical signs, and its association with both bacteria and viruses.

BULLDOG KENNEL COUGH BACTERIA:

  • Bordetella bronchiseptica
  • Streptococcus equi zooepidemicus
  • Mycoplasma spp

BULLDOG KENNEL COUGH 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 the distemper virus which can be passed via fecal-oral.

Regardless, crowded areas are the most common source of exposure and transmission of bulldog kennel cough.

BULLDOG KENNEL COUGH CROWDED AREA TRANSMISSION:

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

Kennel Cough in Bulldogs and French Bulldogs PRESENTATION

BULLDOG KENNEL COUGH MOST COMMON/MILD PRESENTATION

  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

BULLDOG KENNEL COUGH 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:

BULLDOG KENNEL COUGH 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.

BULLDOG KENNEL COUGH SEVERE / COMPLICATED:

The diagnosis of the less common, complicated, severe bulldog kennel cough is based on radiographs, airway 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:

BULLDOG KENNEL COUGH MILD / COMMON TREATMENT:

Bulldog and French bulldog Kennel Cough Immunity

 

 

  1. Home Rest
  2. Calm Stress-Free Environment
  3. RX: Cough suppressants, Antibiotics, and anti-inflammatory
  4. Proper Hydration and Nutrition
  5. Humidifier

Bulldog and French Bulldog Kennel Cough THERAPEUTIC SUPPLEMENTS:

BULLY IMMUNE & HEALING 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’s V4B Bully Calm & StressLess chews and V4B Bully StressLess & Calm Economic Bundles

BULLDOG KENNEL COUGH SEVERE / COMPLICATED: 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

Bulldog and French Bulldog Kennel Cough THERAPEUTIC SUPPLEMENTS:

BULLY IMMUNE & HEALING 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’s 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 with symptomatic medicine and home care that includes:

  • Rest 
  • Stress-free environment
  • Good Nutrition
  • Qulity Supplements.

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

BULLDOG & FRENCH BULLDOG KENNEL COUGH TIPS:

Bulldog Kennel Cough Tip #1 DURATION: Duration from infection to clinical signs is relatively short (days)

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

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

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

BULLDOG & FRENCH BULLDOG KENNEL COUGH WARNINGS:

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

Bulldog Kennel Cough 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.

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

“An Ounce Of PREVENTION Is Worth A Pound Of CURE”

Kennel Cough in Bulldogs and French Bulldogs PREVENTION IS CURE

*This guide was compiled courtesy of Dr. Kraemer, a “must-read” for any current or future bulldog and a French bulldog owner.

 

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