Canine parainfluenza is passed on through airborne particles from coughing and sneezing.
It can also be contracted through infected water bowls, food bowls and bedding.
An infected dog can continue to pass on the virus for up to 2 weeks after recovery.
All dogs are at risk if unvaccinated.
If either Bordetella bronchiseptica or canine adenovirus-2 (CAV-2) are also present, parainfluenza can contribute to your dog developing kennel cough.
Canine Parainfluenza is a highly contagious viral lung infection and a common contributing cause of Kennel cough.
The Canine Parainfluenza virus (CPIV) is not the same as canine influenza and requires different treatments and vaccinations.
Signs of kennel cough typically develop two to 14 days after exposure.
In mild cases, signs may resolve within 10 to 14 days.
A blood sample and/or a secretion sample from the eye or nose will be taken to test for the virus as well as rule out any other illnesses.
Treatment will include antibiotics and antiviral medication to suppress the virus.
Persistent coughing over a long period of time can cause scarring of the lung tissue and problems long-term so cough suppressants and painkillers are given for dogs suffering with very dry coughs.
The virus should run its course within 2 weeks