Dog Health: Kennel Cough

Dog | Kennel Cough

An Introduction to Kennel Cough

Dr Erin Coomer - Veterinarian

July 2013

Kennel Cough (Canine Infectious Tracheobronchitis), is a highly contagious infection of the upper airway (trachea). 

Causes of Kennel Cough

These are the most common infectious agents:

  Canine adenovirus 2 (CAV2)

  Parainfluenza virus (PIV)

  Bordetella bronchiseptica (bacteria)

These organisms are spread via nose-to-nose contact between dogs.  An infected dog sheds the bacteria and/or viruses in their respiratory secretions.  A healthy dog can inhale these secretions, or they can settle on and...
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Symptoms of Kennel Cough

  Hacking cough (productive or non productive).  Sounds like the dog has something stuck in its throat.

  Cough is exacerbated by exercise, excitement and/or pressure around the throat (e.g. from a collar)



  Nasal Discharge

Dogs with uncomplicated kennel cough seem otherwise healthy (even though the cough sounds terrible).

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Treatment of Kennel Cough

It is important to take your dog to the Vet if you believe he/she has kennel cough.

Your Vet will do a thorough physical exam and ask you a detailed history.  This will include tracing your dog’s activity/movements/contact during the last 2 weeks.

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