Kennel cough is caused by an inflammation of the trachea and bronchi, and could be regarded as the dog equivalent of the common cold. Dogs often develop kennel cough 3-4 days after exposure to a large number of other dogs – for example at a boarding facility or a show.
What are the signs of kennel cough?
- A persistent cough is the most common symptom
- Watery nasal discharge
- In mild cases, dogs are often active and eating normally
- In severe cases, symptoms progress and can include pneumonia, lack of appetite, fever and lethargy.
How is kennel cough treated?
The best way to treat kennel cough is with rest, hydration and good nutrition.
If your dog is more severely affected, your vet may prescribe them medication to reduce inflammation and coughing. If they have a bacterial infection, antibiotics may help shorten the course of the disease. In the unlikely event your dog develops pneumonia, they will need to be hospitalised for more intensive treatment.
It’s a good idea to discuss costs with your vet before you start treatment.