What Is Kennel Cough?

Kennel Cough or Canine Cough is most commonly caused by a germ called Bordetella. It is a virus that affects your dog’s upper respiratory system and is spread easily from dog to dog. It is airborne transmitted meaning that the virus is released into the air when a dog’s sneezes or coughs. It can also be transmitted from direct contact (nose to nose) and contact with surfaces contaminated by the affected dog’s saliva or nasal discharge.

Common areas for your dog to “catch” kennel cough is at:

  • Kennels
  • Doggy daycare
  • Dog parks
  • Groomers/Pet stores
  • Multiple dog households
  • Veterinary clinic visits

Typical signs of Kennel Cough are:

  • Dry hacking cough (sounds like honking)
  • Thick yellow or green discharge from eyes or nose
  • Fever
  • Lethargy
  • Decreased appetite
  • Retching or sneezing

To help prevent Kennel Cough, an annual vaccine for Bordetella can reduce the severity and provide protection. If your noticing symptoms, please contact your veterinary professional.

Written by: Joline Doucette, CCS