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Canine Adenovirus

Canine adenovirus is a virus in which two variants have already been identified: canine adenovirus type 1, which is the causative agent of infectious canine hepatitis; and canine adenovirus type 2, which is one of the causes of canine infectious tracheobronchitis. Type 1 and type 2 adenoviruses are related, enabling cross-immunity. Thus, when we use adenovirus type 2, we are able to protect the animal from both diseases.


Canine infectious tracheobronchitis or “kennel cough” is an acute, highly contagious disease that affects the respiratory airways. Dry or productive cough is the main manifestation, which can progress to pneumonia with the appearance of systemic signs. The disease can affect animals of any age.


The transmission of adenovirus occurs through aerosols, which makes places with a lot of agglomeration of animals such as fairs, parks, pet shops, hotels and veterinary clinics have greater risk. Transmission can also occur through cages, beds, drinking fountains and feeders that are contaminated.


Canine infectious tracheobronchitis that can be caused by type 2 adenovirus is a self-limiting disease, that is, in the vast majority of times, veterinary monitoring and appropriate treatment will resolve the infection in a few days. Bearing in mind that the professional’s monitoring is indispensable for the diagnosis and appropriate treatment of the disease, since the act of medicating the dog on its own can worsen the animal’s condition.

This is a disease in which prevention is essential, vaccinating your puppy with the Elevencell Vac and correctly following the puppy’s immunization protocol and annual boosters. Adenovirus is just one of the diseases that the vaccine will protect against. Give the care and protection your puppy needs.