Kennel cough is one of the most common health problems for dogs, and it’s easy to contract. Dogs can pick up this respiratory disease at kennels, but parks, pet stores, and other areas where they come into direct contact with other dogs or share bowls and beds. Kennel cough is also known as canine infectious tracheobronchitis and can cause severe health complications in puppies and older dogs alike. It is essential to recognize the symptoms and treatments of kennel cough infection.
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 an actual cough. It is also sometimes described as a raspy or shallow type of cough. A dog with kennel cough will typically behave as though they have something stuck in their throat and is trying to dislodge it. If your dog has a sudden cough of any kind, you should keep them away from other pets. 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 essential to prevent it from spreading to other animals through direct or indirect contact.