Kennel Cough

Kennel cough (Canine Tracheobronchitis), is a highly contagious canine respiratory disease resulting in the inflammation of the trachea (windpipe) and bronchi (also sometimes referred to as bordetellosis).

Young puppies often suffer the most severe complications as they have immature immune systems. Also at increased risk are dogs with decreased immune / lower immunity, such as pregnant bitches, older dogs and those with pre-existing diseases/conditions, especially respiratory.

Symptoms

Persistent ‘honking’ cough, retching; watery nasal discharge, sneezing.

In mild cases dogs may be active and eating normally.

In severe cases symptoms can progress to loss of appetite, fever, lethargy, pneumonia and even death.

Causes

Spread from dog to dog; airborne contamination or through contaminated objects; exposure to crowded and/or poorly ventilated conditions, such as are found in many kennels and shelters; cold temperatures.