Kennel Cough

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Infectious canine tracheobronchitis, more commonly know as Kennel Cough, is a very contagious respiratory disease exclusively related to dogs. This disease is caused by inflammation of the trachea and bronchi. Kennel Cough is found throughout the world and is known to infect a high percentage of dogs. Puppies can suffer the most severe complications that can result from this disease, due to their underdeveloped immune system. Unvaccinated puppies and young dogs, or immunocompromised dogs might experience the most severe symptoms of the disease

Dry hacking cough
Watery nasal discharge
In mild cases, dogs would likely be active and eating normally. In severe cases, symptoms progress and can include pneumonia, inappetence, fever, lethargy and even death.


The most common cause of this disease occurs when the pet boards in an area that has a large number of dogs within the same facility.

The diagnosis for this disease is largely based upon the type of symptoms that are being presented and your dog’s history to exposure to other dogs. You will need to give a thorough history of your dog’s health and onset of symptoms. A complete blood profile will be conducted, including a chemical blood profile, a complete blood count, and a urinalysis. These blood tests, along with viral isolation and bacterial cultures, will be performed in order to verify individual agents that are causing the kennel cough.

Depending on the severity of the infection and the severity of the symptoms, there are two main types of treatments that can be given for Kennel Cough disease. In the most common and uncomplicated type of disease, there is generally no need for antibiotics.

If your dog is alert, but has only minor symptoms along with the recurrent cough, then it is often left alone to go through the course of the disease, just like the common cold in humans. Most of the time an anti-inflammatory agent will be given to your dog in order to reduce the severity and frequency of coughing episodes and to make the dog more comfortable. Antibiotics will be used if your dog is not eating, is running a fever, and is showing signs of severe respiratory troubles, as this may indicate pneumonia.

While your dog is recovering from the infection, allow it to breath without anything that might irritate or constrict its throat – such as collars or scarves/bandannas. For walks and outings, you can substitute the collar with a body harness.

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