Kennel Cough

by admin on August 4, 2010

Kennel Cough (Infectious Tracheobronchitis of dogs)

Kennel cough is caused by viruses and bacteria that cause inflammation of the upper airways. Kennel cough is extremely contagious, and are most often caught in veterinary hospitals, dog kennels, or parks. Environmental stresses from moving to a new environment can make your dog more susceptible to contracting this virus.  Left untreated in young puppies, seniors, and sick dogs, kennel cough can progress to a more serious and even fatal form of the virus.


Most common symptoms include:

  • dry coughing
  • retching and gagging
  • some loss of appetite

More severe symptoms include:

  • Fever
  • Pus-containing nasal discharge
  • Depression
  • Loss of appetite
  • Productive cough


A veterinarian may prescribe a cough suppressant if coughing is severe. Symptoms should subside within a week and clear up on their own within 3 weeks. If conditions continue or worsen veterinary care is necessary. There are a variety of different viruses and bacteria that can be responsible for kennel cough. Getting vaccines such as Distemper, Parainfluenza and Bordtella can help prevent kennel cough.

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