Kennel Cough

As we move into autumn, dog owners should consider vaccinating their furry friends against Kennel Cough. Kennel Cough tends to spike when seasons change so now is the time to help protect your dog...

What is Kennel Cough?

Kennel Cough is a bronchitis illness in dogs, and is similar to a chest cold in humans. It usually goes away on its own without medication, but it can sometimes be deadly so it’s important dog owners are aware how they should combat it.

You can usually tell your dog has kennel cough if their cough has a ‘goose honk’ sound, or if they gag, retch or spit up phlegm after coughing.

When is Kennel Cough a concern?

Kennel cough is a serious concern in younger puppies, especially if they were recently transported. For younger puppies, kennel cough can easily progress to pneumonia. Kennel cough can also turn into pneumonia in older dogs or dogs with existing illnesses.

Most dogs recover completely within three weeks. If your dog is still sick after this time or showing signs of rapid breathing or loss in appetite, it could be a more serious condition.

How to prevent or treat Kennel Cough

Dog owners can take protective measures to make sure their dogs stay healthy when kennel cough is going around. These include vaccinating your dog every year against kennel cough and ensuring you only kennel your dog in places that require the kennel cough vaccine to avoid catching it from other dogs.

If you suspect your dog has been infected, pop along to your vet who can (along with you) treat them in a few ways -

  • Prescribe a course of antibiotics.
  • Advise on cough suppressants to soothe the pain.
  • Avoiding cigarette smoke.
  • Swap their collar for a harness to decrease pressure on the windpipe.
  • Use a humidifier in the house since warm and moist air provides relief to their airways.
  • Try to avoid shared water and feeding bowls with other pets.

Hopefully you can avoid any outbreaks this season. If not, maybe this info can help you and your pets better deal with it.