What is Kennel Cough in Dogs?

 

What is Kennel Cough in dogs?

Canine infectious tracheobronchitis, also known as Kennel Cough is a common upper respiratory tract infection in dogs that is caused by a variety of bacteria and viruses. Kennel Cough is highly contagious and usually spread to other dogs through airborne droplets, direct contact, or via contaminated surfaces (this can include water & food bowls!)

 

Where can a dog contract kennel cough?

Kennel Cough can be contracted through being within close proximity with other dogs, such as in boarding facilities, dog parks, training classes, dog walkers, dog shows & other events where dogs may congregate.🐾🐕

 

Signs of kennel cough in my dog

Symptoms tend to present within 3-10 days of exposure. The symptoms to look out for in your dog are as follows:

  • Persistent, dry hacking cough

  • Loss of appetite

  • Runny nose

  • Sneezing

  • Low Fever

  • Lethargic

 

What do i do if i suspect my dog has kennel cough?

If you suspect your dog may have kennel cough, contact your vet as soon as possible to arrange a visit. Your vet will advise on any necessary treatment that may be required. 

As Kennel Cough is highly contagious to other dogs, it is advised that you keep your dog away from other dogs for around two weeks, but this can vary depending on the severity of the infection.

 

How can i prevent my dog from contracting kennel cough?

There is an annual nasal vaccine which your vet can provide as a preventative measure. This vaccine provides the best protection against Kennel Cough and may lessen the severity of symptoms if they were to contract it.

 

Veterinary Nurse, Sharna Beveridge & Barking Heads