Kennel Cough

kennel cough

Initial Symptons

  • A dry hacking cough
  • Fever
  • Nasal discharge
  • Lethargy

How is it spread?

Kennel cough is an airborne disease that is passed on through  coughing and sneezing.

It can also be contracted through infected water bowls, food bowls, toys and bedding. 

At Risk

All dogs can get kennel cough, but puppies and unvaccinated dogs are at a greater risk.


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What is Kennel Cough?

Kennel cough is the common name for canine infectious tracheobronchitis. A canine respiratory infection caused by a combination of highly infectious viruses and bacteria. The most common combination is caused by Bordetella bronchiseptica and canine parainfluenza virus


The incubation period is between 2 and 14 days, during which time the dog will be contagious. Some dogs can be carriers for months without exhibiting symptoms.


Protection against some of the viruses that can cause kennel cough is included in puppy and booster vaccinations. 

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Kennel Cough can be diagnosed by a vet using bacterial cultures and blood tests.

X-rays of the dog’s chest, lungs and trachea may also be taken.


Natural remedies such as honey, sugar, peppermint is usually more effective in controlling the cough. 

More serious cases are treated with oral antibiotics and often cough suppressants

The virus usually runs its course and the dog will frequently recover on his own.

Most dogs recover from Kennel Cough within 3-4 weeks

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