Parainfluenza

Parainfluenza Virus

Canine parainfluenza virus is one of the most common causes of infectious tracheobronchitis, also called “kennel cough”, an infection of the windpipe (trachea) and its lower branches (the bronchi). Other important organisms can also cause kennel cough, such as canine adenovirus-2 and Bordetella bronchiseptica, a bacterial pathogen. Kennel cough is characterized by a dry, persistent cough which can last for weeks to several months even with treatment. The disease is extremely contagious from dog to dog. It can lead to pneumonia and death. The disease does not affect humans or cats.

Prevention

The protocol is not cast in stone and many variants are available.

5-in-1 vaccine

5-IN-1 IS ALSO KNOWN AS DA2PP OR DHPP VACCINE – PROTECTION AGAINST:
  • Distemper virus (causes Canine Distemper)
  • Adenovirus 1 (causes Infectious Canine Hepatits)
  • Adenovirus 2 (one cause of Infectious Traceobronchitis, AKA “kennel cough”)
  • Parainfluenza (another cause of Infectious Traceobronchitis, AKA “kennel cough”)
  • Parvovirus (causes Canine Parvo)

Recommended Protocol

5-IN-1 vaccine

Puppies: Administer at 6 – 8 weeks of age, then every 3 – 4 weeks until 14 – 16 weeks of age

Adults: After the first annual booster, core vaccinations only need to be boosted every 3 years . However legislation in South Africa may require more frequent booster injections, like if you intend to travel with your pet.

 

 

From: VIP Petcare

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