Role of canine parainfluenza virus and Bordetella bronchiseptica in kennel cough.

J. S. Wagener, R. Sobonya, L. Minnich, L. M. Taussig

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The effect of Bordetella bronchiseptica upper airway colonization on the clinical, radiographic, serologic, pathologic, and pulmonary function changes caused by canine parainfluenza-2 virus (CPIV-2) infection was studied in 24 purebred Beagle pups (10.5 +/- 1.4 weeks old). Eight control dogs (group I) were not colonized or inoculated with CPIV-2. Of the 12 noncolonized dogs inoculated with CPIV-2 (group II), 9 developed antibody titers to CPIV-2 and 10 had clinical signs of infectious canine tracheobronchitis (kennel cough). Group I and group II dogs did not differ in radiographic findings or pulmonary function. Four group II dogs necropsied 1 to 5 days after clinical signs developed had laryngotracheobronchitis and bronchiolar inflammation not present at necropsy on 2 group I dogs. Four dogs had B bronchiseptica upper airway colonization and were inoculated with CPIV-2 (group III). All 4 group III dogs developed positive antibody titers, had clinical signs of kennel cough, and had radiographic changes. Pulmonary dynamic compliance was lower in group III than in group I or group II animals. Respiratory rate and tidal volume did not differ among the 3 groups. The 1 group III dog that was necropsied had changes similar to group II dogs with the addition of lobar bronchopneumonia. The present study indicates that asymptomatic B bronchiseptica colonization may effect the clinical, radiographic, and pulmonary function changes produced by CPIV-2 respiratory tract infections.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1862-1866
Number of pages5
JournalAmerican journal of veterinary research
Issue number9
StatePublished - Sep 1984

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  • General Veterinary


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