- Canine upper respiratory tract disease is a common problem in general veterinary practice.
- Diseases caused by:
- Upper airway irritants.
Infectious tracheobronchitis (ITB)
- Infectious tracheobronchitis or "kennel cough" occurs worldwide, often in dogs housed in, or exposed to, groups.
- Most common etiologic agent is Bordetella bronchiseptica.
- Mild cases of infectious tracheobronchitis are often self-limiting and may be managed by exercise restriction and confinement; however dogs on antibiotic therapy may experience a decreased duration of coughing.
- Several "vaccines" (bacterins) currently available for inoculation against the agents involved.
Vaccination does not guarantee protection from infection.