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.

Symptoms:
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.

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

Treatment:
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.