Canine Cough, also referred to as Kennel Cough, is an upper respiratory infection caused by both a bacteria and a virus.
Canine Cough in dogs will stimulate a coarse, dry, hacking cough about three to seven days after the dog is initially infected. It sounds as if the dog needs to “clear it’s throat” and the cough will be triggered by any extra activity or exercise.
Many dogs that contract Canine Cough will display only minor signs of coughing that may last seven to ten days and will not require any medication at all. The majority of dogs with the disease continue to eat, sleep, play and act as normal, except for that annoying, dry, non-productive coughing that seems so persistent.
*It is important to note that we do require all of our guests to have an up to date Bordatella vaccination, however, this vaccination does not protect against all strains of Canine Cough.
How It’s Spread
Canine Cough is easily spread through direct contact, surfaces, and air. Dogs can contract Canine Cough anywhere an infected dog has been, this includes the vet’s office, the pet store, the dog park, etc.
Because a dog with Canine Cough may not show symptoms for up to a week after exposure, if an infected dog is in our care, it will likely leave the facility before ever showing signs of the infection.
How It’s Treated
It is always a good idea to have a dog examined if persistent coughing is noticed. Treatment is generally limited to symptomatic relief of the coughing with non-prescription, and occasionally prescription, cough suppressants. If the dog is running a fever or there seems to be a persistent and severe cough, antibiotics are occasionally utilized to assist the dog in recovering and prevent any secondary infections.
All staff members are familiar with the symptoms of Canine Cough and have been trained on how to prevent the spread as best as possible should a dog in our facility show symptoms.