Species affected: Dogs
Background: Usually occurs when dogs are exposed to large numbers of other dogs, especially when boarded. It may occur as the aftermath of a viral infection or other respiratory infection, but may also be bacterial, allergic, traumatic in origin, or from exposure to dust, mold, pollution smoke or other irritating substances. Excess barking may also predispose animals to bronchitis.
Symptoms: Generally a dry hacking cough and there may or may not be increased respiratory secretions and lung sounds, fever, and dyspnea. The cough tends to be persistent.
Diagnostics: Physical exam; rule out tumors and heart disease.
Special Notes: In the older dogs the immune system is often compromised.
Principles for Supplementation: Natural treatment supports the respiratory tract, helps stabilize the membranes and move secretions if present.