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Looking at adopting a dog which they state had kennel cough

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Looking at adopting a dog which they state had kennel cough which went into pneumonia but is better now. Is this virus curable? Have 92 mother and sister's with two healthy dogs and do not want to expose them if it's not advisable.
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 1 year ago.

Please note that kennel cough represents a constellation of infectious agents although the bacterium Bordetella bronchiseptica and the parainfluenza virus are the most important of those agents. Pneumonias are uncommon with kennel cough but can occur. The canine influenza virus, however, is more likely responsible when pneumonia arises and to answer you directly, yes, while we don't have specific antiviral drugs most dogs suffering from influenza will recover with good supportive care including antibiotics in order to prevent secondary bacterial infections. It would be prudent to vaccinate your healthy dogs with canine influenza vaccine prior to bringing Tiny into your home. Please respond with further questions or concerns if you wish.