Vet Diary - Facts About Kennel Cough
Did you know that wherever dogs meet, such as out on walks (even if there are no other dogs about at the time), training classes, boarding kennels or stray dog pounds, they run the risk of picking up Kennel Cough?
The name is a sweeping term for a highly infectious cough which can be caused by one of a number of bacteria or viruses, only some of which can be vaccinated against so a vaccinated dog can unfortunately still get "Kennel Cough".
Kennel Cough symptoms range from a mild, dry cough to a severe cough similar to whooping cough in children. Owners often describe a choking, as if there is "something stuck in the dog's throat".
In the worst cases, infection can spread to the chest causing pneumonia. Infected dogs can cough for weeks, and are highly infectious. If you suspect your dog may have kennel cough, you should isolate the dog and seek prompt veterinary advice.