Coughing? Has your dog been to Doggy Daycare/Boarding?

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We have recently been seeing a lot of Kennel cough cases! We have enjoyed going outside to see our coughing patients, but now its getting a little cold! Here is some information to help you understand and help prevent Kennel Cough in your dog. 

What is Kennel Cough

Infectious tracheobronchitis, commonly known as kennel cough, is a canine respiratory infection caused by Bordetella bronchiseptica, canine parainfluenza virus, and a number of other infectious agents. This infection attacks the respiratory tract and causes inflammation of the upper airway. This leads to irritation of the airways and a cough. It also makes the animal more susceptible to a secondary infection.

How does your dog get it?

Kennel cough is very contagious. It can be transmitted by the infected animal by coughing, by having direct contact, or even by sharing contaminated objects. Kennel cough spreads rapidly when animals are confined in an area together such as boarding facilities or animal shelters. Although these are the most common places your dog can be infected, just walking and making contact with an infected dog or sharing a water dish at the dog park can infect them as well.


What are the Signs and Symptoms?

Depending on the organisms involved, dogs will start to show signs four to 10 days after infection. Any dog can get kennel cough, but puppies and unvaccinated dogs are at a greater risk. Kennel cough causes a persistent, nonproductive cough that may sound as if something is caught in your pet’s throat and they are gagging or trying to clear their throat. Others describe it as a deep honking cough. Animals with kennel cough may otherwise act and eat normally. Exercise or getting excited can make symptoms worse. Signs of a secondary bacterial infection can include lethargy, nasal discharge and loss of appetite. The infection can also spread deeper into the lungs, leading to pneumonia, which can be life threatening. In such severe cases, dogs may have a wet, productive cough (bringing up phlegm or mucus), difficulty breathing, fever and weight loss. Here is a video of a Dog with Kennel Cough.

How to help Prevent

The only way to help prevent Infectious tracheobronchitis is by vaccinating and keeping your dog away from other dogs. Vaccination is only available for: Bordetella bronchiseptica, canine adenovirus type 2, and canine parainfluenza. Canine adenovirus type 2, and canine parainfluenza are a part of our Distemper vaccine. Infections with other members of the kennel cough complex cannot be prevented.


We use Bronchi-shield Oral to help protect our patients.

Here is a study to show that vaccinating can help!

  • Bronchi-Shield® ORAL provided 93 percent efficacy. Only one of 14 vaccinates developed ITB, and this dog coughed for only two days.


If you have any additional questions we can be reached at 262-695-6120 or