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Kennel Cough in dogs

Tuesday, June 07, 2016

Kennel Cough (also known as infectious canine tracheobronchitis or bordetellosis) is a nasty and highly contagious disease that causes inflammation of the trachea and bronchus in dogs. It is a widespread disease which is caused by several different viruses and bacteria.

How do dogs catch Kennel Cough?

Kennel Cough is NOT a disease that is only caught in kennels. It can be caught through direct contact with affected dogs or by sharing contaminated objects such as toys or food/drink bowls etc. Due to its contagious nature, it can spread very quickly amongst dogs who are kept within close proximity to each other e.g. in kennels.  Many boarding kennels will not accept dogs who aren’t vaccinated against Kennel Cough.

Symptoms of Kennel Cough

  • A dry hacking cough sometimes sounding like a goose honk, and often sounds as though there is something stuck in the dogs throat
  • Retching
  • Watery nasal discharge


Dogs at risk of Kennel Cough

All dogs can develop Kennel Cough, however, certain dogs will be more at risk including:

  • Young puppies
  • Older dogs
  • Pregnant bitches
  • Dogs with decreased immunity
  • Dogs with existing respiratory disease  


Treatment of Kennel Cough in dogs

If you suspect that your pet may be suffering from Kennel Cough, book an appointment to see a vet as there are many possible causes for coughing, and treatment can vary. Your dog will also need to be isolated from other dogs so not to spread the disease.

If Kennel Cough is left untreated, it could develop in to pneumonia, which will require hospitalisation and further treatment.

Prevention of Kennel Cough

Kennel cough can be prevented by a vaccination which is given via the nose. Although it does not guarantee that your dog will not contract Kennel Cough, it may reduce the risk of contracting the infection and also reduce the severity of the disease if the dog does become infected.

Speak to your local surgery for more information or to book an appointment.


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