Dog Diseases - Kennel Cough

Dog Kennel Cough Kennel cough (infectious tracheobronchitis) is a highly contagious canine disease which affects the upper respiratory system. It’s so called because it can quickly pass from one infected dog to others in a kennel or confined area.

It’s a form of bronchitis and is similar to a chest cold in humans.

Kennel cough manifests as a persistent dry cough with a “honking” sound, sneezing, retching and vomiting or difficulty in breathing when the immune system is stressed (by exercise or excitement). Fever may also be present.

Preventative measures against kennel cough include vaccination and keeping the dog’s living area clean and disinfected.

Kennel cough is a treatable disease. Infected dogs may be treated with antibiotics and, in cases of dry coughing, with cough suppressants. If a dog has suffered from kennel cough, extra care should be taken to keep its living quarters disinfected.