Parainfluenza is a contagious viral disease affecting the respiratory tract.
Dogs infected with the mild form can have a nasal discharge and either a moist cough or a dry cough which is similar to Bordetella (Kennel Cough). The Parainfluenza virus is part of the trio that make up Kennel Cough. The other two are adenovirus 2 and the bacteria Bordetella bronchiseptica.
In the severe form of Parainfluenza, dogs have high fever and develop pneumonia. Any dog exposed to the virus will become infected.
The parainfluenza vaccine can protect your dog. Check with your vet about booster vaccinations as your dog may not be protected for a full 12 months.