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Kennel Cough

Kennel cough is the common name for infectious canine tracheobronchitis which is a highly contagious respiratory disease in the dog world. The disease causes inflammation to the throat and lungs.


The most common symptom of kennel cough is a dry, hacking cough that sometimes sounds like honking. Other symptoms include watery discharge from the nose and retching. In severe cases, symptoms can progress into pneumonia, fever, lethargy, and a lack of appetite.


Treatment plans vary depending on the severity, your vet will know best on how to treat your pooch.


In most cases, however, it is suggested that you allow the cough to simply run its course, but make sure you double check this with your veterinarian. Sometimes a course of anti-inflammatories or antibiotics to treat secondary infection may be needed.


If this is the case, here are some tips from Head Vet, Sean McCormack, of dog food company on how to ease these symptoms at home (and when to seek the advice of a veterinarian)


  • Keep them isolated from other pets.

  • A humidifier or vaporiser can provide some relief. If you do not have either, try allowing your pet in the bathroom while you shower.

  • Avoid exposure to cigarette smoke or other irritating fumes.

  • If your pet is a puller, try replacing your pet's collar with a harness for the duration of the cough to keep from causing any further pain.

  • Be sure to monitor your pet’s eating and drinking habits and provide all the support they may need.


Sean goes on to say ‘if you are worried about your dog catching kennel cough then there is the option for your pooch to be vaccinated, to arrange this simply enquire at your local vets.’

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