Infections of the upper respiratory tract (URT) of dogs, including the bronchi, trachea, throat and nasal cavities, are fairly common. Puppies, unvaccinated animals, elderly dogs and those with impaired immune systems have an increased risk of developing these infections. The most common causes of canine upper respiratory tract infections are bacteria and viruses. These pathogens are highly contagious, especially when dogs get together in high-density situations such as pet stores and animal shelters, and even more so when those areas are not kept clean. The classic signs of upper respiratory tract infections in dogs are very similar to those of the common cold in people. Infected dogs develop a cough, nasal irritation, sneezing, have a runny nose and may have nose bleeds. They may paw and rub at their face and develop a low-grade fever, breathing difficulties, exercise intolerance, lethargy and anorexia.
Upper Respiratory Tract Infections in Dogs Q&A Challenge
A dog with an upper respiratory infection can be easily treated if the disorder is diagnosed sooner than later.
True: The earlier an upper respiratory infection can be diagnosed & treated, the easier and less severe the infection will become.
The overall health and diet of a dog doesn’t help to prevent an upper respiratory infection.
False: Living a healthy lifestyle, with plenty of exercise, and a well balanced diet promotes a healthy immune system.
Since upper respiratory infections are not contagious between dogs, I shouldn’t worry about where my dog plays and with whom.
False Upper respiratory infections are very easily transferred between dogs.
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