Kennel Cough Treatment and Symptoms

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Today, a common ailment of dogs is kennel cough, also known as Canine cough.  An upper respiratory infection that is caused by both viruses and bacteria, this infectious cough also can be called as Canine Infectious Tracheobronchitis and Canine Infectious Respiratory complex. Kennel cough is the infection that affects the lungs of the dog in the voice box and windpipe. Kennel Cough is generally bordetella infection; its viruses are such as canine herpes virus, parainfluenza virus, canine reovirus, canine adenovirus, and canine distemper virus.

These virus particles are generally inhaled by the dogs into their respiratory tract. It results in inflammation of the windpipe and voice box. Here you will learn about the kennel cough treatment and its infection as well.

Digging Deeper

Causes of Kennel Cough infection

Kennel cough has many infectious agents that infect the dogs simultaneously. The most common bacteria or virus that affects the dogs is known as bordetella bronchiseptica. It this bacteria once affects the dog then its symptoms look normally last only for the 10 days. Moreover, the dog continues to shed the virus in the respiratory tract for 6- 14 weeks.

In maximum cases, kennel cough is infected by the combination of both canine influenza and bordelatta bacterium. This virus weakens the immune system of dogs and attacks their respiratory tract cells. This puts the inflammation in dog voice box and windpipe. Kennel Cough is a generally transmittable disease that also infects other dogs and cats. It is a high-risk infectious disease that harms other dogs when they in contact with the infectious dog.

Transmission ways of Kennel Cough

This disease is transmitted to other dogs in many ways such as:

• Transmitted through the air

This is an airborne infectious disease that is mainly transmitted through the air. When the infected dog sheds dander, sneezes or even barks. Just at a time, they release thousands of viruses and bacteria which are enough to infect the other dog. These releases virus remain in the air for 2 weeks in forms of dust and wind. It infects all the nearby dogs and wreaks the havoc in their upper respiratory chest in the result of inflammation in their windpipe and voice box.

• Transmitted through the contaminated objects

Kennel cough generally infects the dog when they come in contact with the infectious dog. This happens such as drinks from the same watering dish, picking up the same sticks or dogs, and hikes on the same object. This is most likely that it infects the dog in 48 hours because these bacteria can survive on surfaces. These bacteria are always ready to infect the other dog and continue the host of infection in 48 hours of time period.

• Direct contact with infectious dog

When we associate or hang out with them in parks can infect your dog. Touching the noses or just breathing the same air it can be transmitted. In clinics or veterinary hospitals, dogs are kept in the same fragments in close with the infected dogs. These reasons can also infect your dog with infectious disease and kennel cough treatment is immediately needed. You should take extra protection or immediately isolate the dog is suspected of better facility clinics.

Symptoms of Kennel Cough

Kennel cough is not fatal but it makes the dog immune system weak and its symptoms are such as:

• Fever

If the dogs go down of the fever, then probably this is a sign of the severe disease. Some dogs are healthy and normal but go coughing all day. Even low grades fever is also the symptom of kennel cough.

• Lethargy

When the dogs have poor appetite, lack of interest in activities, and decreased energy with minimal motivation are the symptoms. But not all dogs are lethargy; some are perfectly normal and motivated.

• Discharge

Runny eyes, nasal watery and discharge are common symptoms of Kennel cough. In most incidents the discharge is clear but it can be discolored. These symptoms are a secondary sign of Kennel Cough Treatment and Symptoms

• Dry Coughing

This is the primary symptom sneezing dry coughs continuously. Although sometimes cough appears in some dogs. But mainly it is persistent, constant, and unsettling continuous dry coughs. This is uncomfortable with doges either heard or seen.

Duration of Kennel Cough

Generally, most of the dogs recover this infectious disease in 3-4 weeks. A young and senior puppy takes 6 weeks for the complete recovery due to a weak immune system. After the recovery dogs even carry the bacteria for several weeks. It is long term of weeks that makes the dog immune system completely weak.

Ways to prevent Kennel Cough

Frequent checkup and visit of the doctor of veterinary is important. Although the consequence of infection devastating of the pets. So, proper checkup and simultaneous clinic visits can prevent the outbreak of Kennel Cough diseases.

Treatment of Kennel coughs infection

This disease can be treated in several ways such as:

• Antibiotics

Dogs with primary symptoms can be recovered from their disease through the medications of the prescribed doctors. But if the symptoms are worsening after the 5 days then usually the doctors prescribe the antibiotics. Antibiotics don’t cure the Kennel Cough but shorten the time of severity of diseases. Usually, Kennel Cough has both bacterial and viral infections.

• Humidified Air

The irritation of the respiratory passages can be reduced by placing the humidifier near the dog area. Steam therapy or hot shower cans fill the moist air can reduce the level of inflammation in the respiratory voice box. This is also a type of kennel cough treatment.

• Honey

For sore throat and soothing of upper respiratory windpipe, honey is the best considerable medicine. Warm water and honey decreases the harness of the cough.

• Cough suppressers

For continuous coughing, the vegetarians prefer the medication of cough suppressants. Kennel cough diseases are always persistent with the dog coughing and inflammation in the windpipe and voice box.


Generally, Kennel Cough is a disease caused by both viral and bacterial viruses. It can be prevented by the proper care and regular checkup of the pets to trustable doctor. Hygiene and proper prevention of pets reduces the chances of causing Kennel Cough. Your vegetarian specialist also helps in the general treatment of pets. Kennel cough treatment is really important to your pet. Regular walking and exercise of dog also reduces the chances of any diseases.

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Historical Evidence

For more information, please see…

Stapp, Scott.  Kennel Cough.  Scott Stapp, 2016.

The featured image in this article, a scanning electron micrograph (SEM) by Janice Carr depicting a number of Gram-negative Bordetella bronchiseptica bacteria, is a work of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, part of the United States Department of Health and Human Services, taken or made as part of an employee’s official duties. As a work of the U.S. federal government, the image is in the public domain.  This media comes from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention‘s Public Health Image Library (PHIL), with identification number #254.


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