Kennel Cough

Kennel Cough in Dogs

Kennel cough can rear its head at any time of the year and is very infectious. Outbreaks can occur when dogs are in close proximity to one another, such as kennels, dog shows and parks.

Kennel Cough,the common name that is given to infectious Canine Tracheobronchitis or Bordatella, is a very highly contagious respiratory disease among dogs.

Dogs of any age can contract it, but  puppies, older dogs and pregnant bitches may be more vulnerable due to a weakened immune system ( puppies  have an underdeveloped immune system)

It is spread via direct contact or through inhaling airborne droplets and can be contagious up to ten weeks after the cessation of coughing.

Kennel Cough Symptoms

  • Sneezing
  • Nasal discharge
  • Coughing ( dry hacking cough or possibly a “honking “ sound)
  • Diminished appetite
  • Lethargy and reluctance to exercise
  • Retching

Kennel Cough Treatment

Depending on the severity of the infection and the severity of the symptoms, there are two main types of treatments. In the most common and uncomplicated type of disease, there is generally no need for antibiotics. and some natural remedies can be used

If your dog is alert but has only minor symptoms along with the recurrent cough, then it is often left alone to go through the course of the disease, just like the common cold in humans. Most of the time, an anti-inflammatory agent will be given to your dog in order to reduce the severity and frequency of coughing episodes and to make the dog more comfortable. Antibiotics will be used if your dog is not eating, is running a fever, and is showing signs of severe respiratory troubles, as this may indicate pneumonia.

While your dog is recovering from the infection, allow it to breathe without anything that might irritate or constrict its throats – such as collars or scarves/bandannas. For walks and outings, you can substitute the collar with a harness, but when out dog walking, do remember not to go to the park and infect other dogs

Some Kennel Cough Remedies

  • Nosodes. A nosode is a homoeopathic remedy derived from a pathological specimen. Nosodes stimulate the natural immune system to react against specific diseases. Kennel cough nosodes are particularly effective.
  • Echinacea   
  • Vitamins C and E. Vitamin C is an antiviral, and E provides immune system support.
  • Manuka honey
  • Slippery elm
  • Remember, the one thing always guaranteed to work is TLC.

Please note that Tip Top Dog School or Finchley Dog Walker do not recommend remedies but do advocate that you seek veterinary treatment.

A vaccination is readily available from your vet to help prevent Kennel Cough and is painlessly administered by syringe into the nasal passages.