Kennel cough

What is kennel cough?

Kennel cough is highly contagious through airborne droplets. Like whooping cough in humans, it is an inflammation of the upper airways. It is typically a mild disease but it can advance to a life-threatening pneumonia.

What are the symptoms?

  • Hoarse cough
    • Begins 3 to 10 days after exposure
    • Loud honking
    • Sometimes cough up phlegm
  • Depression
  • Lethargy
  • Loss of appetite
  • Discharge from the nose or eyes

Where is your dog (or cat) at risk of being exposed?

  • Boarding kennels
  • Grooming facilities
  • Dog training classes
  • Dog parks
  • Animal shelters
  • Veterinary clinics

Vaccinate to protect

A simple vaccination called Bordetella, every six months, can help protect against kennel cough.