Dog: Parainfluenza

A virus causing kennel cough or tracheobronchitis in dogs. It is spread by inhalation of infected respiratory secretions from coughing dogs.

Parainfluenza causes a mild rhinitis, conjunctivitis and tracheobronchitis of short duration. Young dogs or dogs exposed to a kennel or shelter environment are most susceptible. Coughing is the common clinical sign.

Mild cases are usually self-limiting. Cough suppressants can be used in more severe cases. Vaccination can prevent or lessen the severity of the disease.

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