A kennel cough is one of the most common health problems for dogs, and it’s very easy to contract. Dogs can pick up this respiratory disease not just at kennels, but also at parks, pet stores, and other areas where they are likely to come into direct contact with other dogs or share bowls and beds. A kennel cough is also known as canine infectious tracheobronchitis and can cause severe health complications in puppies and older dogs alike. To protect your furry friends, it is important to recognize the signs of a kennel cough infection and know how to treat it properly.

1. Unusual Cough

The telltale sign of a kennel cough infection is a new and unusual cough and a recent history of having been exposed to other dogs. The cough typically sounds like more of a honking noise, rather than a true cough. It is also sometimes described as raspy or shallow type of cough. A dog with kennel cough will typically behave as though he has something stuck in his throat, and is trying to dislodge it. If your dog has a sudden cough of any kind, you should keep him away from other pets, and use separate water and food dishes until 4 or 5 days after the cough resolves- either by itself or with the aid of antibiotics. Kennel cough is highly contagious, so it is important to prevent it from spreading to other animals through direct or indirect contact.