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What is Kennel Cough?

Kennel cough, also known as canine infectious tracheobronchitis, is a general term used to describe a viral and/or bacterial infection that causes inflammation of the throat and other upper respiratory symptoms. The condition will often resolve on its own, however it is uncomfortable for the pet and highly contagious. Kennel cough can be more severe and lead to pneumonia or death in young puppies, geriatric animals and immunocompromised animals. Kennel cough is an inflammation of a dog's voice box and windpipe and is used to describe the viral and bacterial infections that occur. Kennel cough can be compared to a chest cold in humans, frequently clearing up on it's own. Kennel cough is highly contagious to other dogs and can develop into more severe symptoms such as fever and nasal discharge. If you believe your dog has kennel cough, isolate him or her from any other dogs and contact a veterinarian.

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Symptoms of Kennel Cough in Dogs

Symptoms of tracheobronchitis can begin anywhere from 2-14 days after exposure.

Symptoms of mild tracheobronchitis include:
  • Characteristic persistent dry “honking” cough
  • Otherwise healthy (good energy level, normal appetite)
  • Possible nasal discharge
  • Gagging
  • Coughing up white foam
  • Symptoms worsen with exercise or pulling at collar
Symptoms of severe tracheobronchitis include:
  • Decreased appetite
  • Lethargy
  • Fever
  • Labored breathing

Causes of Kennel Cough in Dogs

Various agents work alone or together to cause tracheobronchitis. The two most common causative agents are:

  • Parainfluenza virus - Most common viral cause of tracheobronchitis. When acting alone, symptoms may last less than six days. When paired with the Bordetella bacterium, symptoms can last up to 3 weeks. A vaccine is available and often included in the Bordetella vaccine preparation. Vaccines do not prevent infection entirely but can decrease risk and symptoms.
  • Bordetella brontiseptica – Most common bacterial cause of tracheobronchitis. When acting alone, symptoms may last up to 10 days. When paired with the parainfluenza virus, symptoms can last up to 3 weeks. A vaccine is available and often combined with the parainfluenza virus vaccine. Vaccines do not prevent infection entirely but can decrease risk and symptoms.

Kennel cough is highly contagious. The Bordetella bacterium can be shed from an infected animal up to 14 weeks after symptoms have resolved. Virus and bacteria can spread through inhalation, direct contact with other animals, or contact with contaminated objects.

Common locations for contracting kennel cough:

  • Kennels
  • Boarding facilities
  • Dog day cares
  • Animal shelters
  • Dog spas
  • Dog parks (water dishes)

Diagnosis of Kennel Cough in Dogs

If your pet is showing signs of kennel cough and has recently been in contact with other dogs, make an appointment with the veterinarian for a physical examination. Being vaccinated for kennel cough does not ensure protection. The veterinarian will take a history of your pet and want to know whether the pet has had any recent contact with other dogs, how long the pet has been demonstrating symptoms, and symptom severity. A physical examination will involve listening to the lungs and listening to the coughing. Any fever or nasal discharge will be noted.

Diagnosis is based on presence of symptoms and history of exposure to other dogs. Various diagnostics are available to determine the causative agent of the tracheobronchitis including bacterial culture and viral isolation. These tests are not usually conducted unless requested since kennel cough symptoms are indicative of the condition.

Treatment of Kennel Cough in Dogs

If your pet is diagnosed with kennel cough, treatment will depend of severity of the condition.

Mild Tracheobronchitis

In mild cases, an oral cough suppressant will be prescribed to make the pet more comfortable. Use of a humidifier at home or placing the pet in a shower-steamed bathroom a few times daily can help provide relief. A bronchodilator may be used to expand the airways for easier breathing. An antibiotic may or may not be prescribed, depending on the history and severity of symptoms.

You may want to use a harness rather than a collar while your pet is exhibiting symptoms, as a collar can irritate the throat and lead to increased coughing. Improvement is seen within 5-7 days of starting treatment. No follow up appointment is needed for mild cases unless symptoms continue or worsen.

Severe Tracheobronchitis

In more severe cases of tracheobronchitis, antibiotics, bronchodilators and aerosol therapy will be prescribed.

More severe cases may require a weekly recheck appointment until the pet is considered stable. Report any continued or worsening symptoms to the veterinarian as tracheobronchitis can lead to life threatening pneumonia.

Recovery of Kennel Cough in Dogs

Tracheobronchitis symptoms will normally resolve after 3 weeks. Geriatric pets, young puppies and immunocompromised pets may take up to 6 weeks to recover. The infection is contagious for up to 14 weeks after symptoms are gone, so it is important to keep minimal contact between your pet and other dogs.

Annual vaccination can help prevent or lessen symptoms if an animal comes in contact with a causative agent of kennel cough. Vaccines do not totally prevent infection. It is preferable to allow 7 days after vaccination to come in contact with other dogs though 4 days may provide some protection.

Kennel Cough Questions and Advice from Veterinary Professionals

Maggy
Pug
3 Months
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Coughing, gagging, vomiting foam mucus
Gagging
mucus
Coughing

Medication Used

None at this tim

Hello. I brought a 3 month old pug puppy home with kennel cough from the breeder & unknowingly exposed the virus to my 9 month old pug. Currently he is not showing signs but I am worried he will catch it. How do i keep both pugs from passing it back & forth?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Dogs under six months of age are more prone to pickup kennel cough than older dogs, but you should take steps and be vigilant. Segregation is the most important factor here along with separate food, water bowls and toys; regular cleaning of the puppies environment is also important and cleaning of toys before allowing your other dog to play with them. The second link I’ve provided gives some information about environmental decontamination. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM www.merckvetmanual.com/respiratory-system/respiratory-diseases-of-small-animals/tracheobronchitis-in-small-animals https://oregonvma.org/files/Kommedal-Canine-Infectious-Respiratory-Disease-Complex.pdf

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Daisy
Pittbull mix
3 Months
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Nasal Discharge
Gagging
Coughing

Hi I have a 3 month old pitbull mix pup and she's been lethargic also coughing and retching. she has moderate energy and has little appetite. The nasal discharge started last night about a day ago and it had a brownish color and she's been coughing for a day now too. I recently adopted her from an animal shelter 5 days ago and she did get her first booster shots. I'm wondering if I should bring her into an animal clinic to get her checked up but I'm not too stable financially. Help?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Whilst I understand your financial situation, given that you picked up Daisy five days ago, it would be best to have her checked over by a Veterinarian now as if there is an infection it may take longer to treat if treatment is delayed and may cost more in the long run. Infections, parasites, allergies, irritants (like cleaning products and detergents) etc… may all cause these symptoms. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Harlee
Chihuahua
5 Months
Moderate condition
1 found helpful
Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Coughing

I got my dog from a breeder is Missouri 10 days ago she arrived by ground transportation, yesterday while she was chewing on her puppy bone she began coughing and i figured something was stuck in her throat but now today she is still doing it and has low energy and I'm getting worried. We have a free vet here in Boston but I would have to figure out how to get her there. I am just wondering if I should give her a few days to start feeling better or take her in based off the fact she is lethargic and coughing? Please help!! she is utd on all shots and is just getting over round worms as well

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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There are a few reasons why a puppy may be coughing; these include infections, aspiration pneumonia (inhalation of food or vomit), allergies or other respiratory disease. Puppies which have some from a breeder, kennel or have been transported with other animals are prone to getting airborne respiratory infections. Some coughs may resolve themselves within five or seven days, other coughs (especially in young puppies, older or immunocompromised dogs). Signs of Kennel Cough are dry cough which may be followed by retching; complications may arise from secondary infections which may produce additional clinical symptoms including lethargy, loss of appetite and may include symptoms of nasal discharge. You could wait a day to see if the symptoms subside, but if in doubt or the severity increases I would recommend visiting your Veterinarian, however speak with the Receptionist before you arrive as they may have a procedure for dealing with suspected infectious pets. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Ace
Yorkipoo
1 Year
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Loud dry cough
Retching
Vomiting

Ace is male Yorki-poo who just turned a year old on the 24th of June. Vomiting started about 3 days go it is clear and foamy . Then the dry coughing started. It has been 2 days with the coughing. Based off of this description is this kennel cough or a collapsed tracheal? And I have a 8 year old male pit bull named Diesel who started to vomit a clear foamy liquid as well and who is also starting to have a loud dry cough. Do you think he has the same thing as Ace does?

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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I really can't diagnose what might be going on with Ace without seeing him. There are many other questions on history and examination that I would need to know. It sounds like Diesel is showing the same signs as Ace, and they probably should see a veterinarian to find out what is going on with therm, whether it is kennel cough or otherwise. If it is kennel cough, they may need medications and vaccinations to help them.

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Blaze
Morky
9 Weeks
Mild condition
1 found helpful
Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Coughing and Gagging

Hello,

My dog Blaze has a cough and has been coughing for 2 days. He is eating and drinking and playing normal, but he has a cough. While playing if he has to cough he stops what he is doing and then coughs, it sounds like he has something in his throat but it's not that because after we give him water and he eats it still happens. Is there anything I can do at home to help treat this. His is only 9 weeks old and is a Morky. Should I go to a vet and how much would a vet cost me?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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In young puppies, especially in small breeds like Morkies, it is best to visit your Veterinarian as the cause may be infectious, physical (like chemical irritation) or congenital (like collapsing trachea). If the cough is more of a goose honk, it may be a collapsed trachea or narrowing airway. Blaze should be visiting his Veterinarian for vaccinations until the age of 16 weeks so you can bring it up then. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM
www.vetary.com/dog/condition/tracheal-collapse

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Bam-bam
Boston Terrier
12 Years
Moderate condition
0 found helpful
Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Fatigue
wheezing or maybe sneezing
Trouble breathing
Hacking cough

Hello, So I wanted to ask a question concerning my Boston terrier. His name is Bam-bam and he is about 12 years old. He has a history of seizures that occur at least once every four years. Recently he has been coughing. Well it's​ more like a hacking-wheezeing, drawn out type of cough. I'm worried because it will happen when he gets over excited, or sometimes out of the clear blue. He has difficulty breathing during and after his coughing fits. He has also been sleeping....a lot. The vet we took him to told us that this happens with older dogs. That they just sorta begin to develop a cough due to age, but I don't think that is the case and am really worried about my pup. Please help.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Boston Terriers like other similar breeds are prone to developing coughs as they age due to their anatomy; however other conditions like heart failure, pneumonia and other conditions may cause a cough to develop. Since Bam-Bam’s cough comes on at times of over excitement, this would generally be consistent with an age related cough as other causes usually have a persistent cough which get exasperated by activity or excitement. Without examining Bam-Bam and listening to his lungs, I cannot say or determine another cause; it may be best for you to take him to another Veterinarian for an examination for a second opinion. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Daisy
6 Months
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Diarrhea

Hi so my puppy started vomiting with diarrhea 2 days ago, I fed her chicken and rice and got the vomiting to stop and she is eating again.. but now she is coughing she tends to eat a lot of grass and I try not to let her I do keep an eye on her but do you think it could be kennel cough?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Gastric upset (most dogs will have an episode before one year of age) can cause vomiting, diarrhoea, grass eating and coughing. It is believed that dogs will eat grass to help calm their stomach (or fulfil a nutritional deficit) and isn’t harmful unless the grass has been treated with herbicides etc... The cough can be due to gagging where something comes up and irritates the throat causing the cough. Kennel cough presents as a persistent cough, thin watery nasal discharge, retching, progressing to fever, lethargy and loss of appetite. I would ensure that she remains hydrated, continues eating and keep an eye on her; if she doesn’t improve after a few days, visit your Veterinarian for a physical examination. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

Hello my name is Shonna and I have a 2 year old Pit Bull I have had her since the day she was born because I bred her mother and daddy she has been coughing and sounding like she's choking for the past 2 weeks or so, she has never been a really been a big eater so shes still eating like she usually does but she is throwing up a white foam and last night she threw up all of her food does this sound like severe kennel cough or mild?

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Lucy
Pit
3 Years
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

None

Adopted a pit bull and she is on meds for kennel cough, but they didn't say how long she had already been on the meds. She has 7 days of meds left so how long has she been on them?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Treatment would be dependent on the severity of the kennel cough, some severe cases require antibiotics whilst milder cases require supportive care; cough suppressants are commonly used to make a dog more comfortable, but the duration of treatment would have been based on severity, but generally treatment would be between ten and fourteen days. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Buddie
American Pit Bull Terrier
2 Months
Fair condition
1 found helpful
Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Nasal Discharge
Coughing

I was reading online and he has symptoms of kennel cough. Not sure what I can do I have lil money

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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There are a few different causes of severe cough in dogs: kennel cough (infectious tracheobronchitis), another bacterial disease, parasitic disease, viral infection or other causes like foreign body or a tumour. I understand that you have money issues, but a visit to your Veterinarian is required; also speak with your Veterinarian regarding vaccinations as Buddie is at the age when you should start vaccinating. Vaccinations can seem expensive, but workout to be the fraction of the cost of long-term treatment. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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