Features January 2017 Issue

The Many Causes of Kennel Cough

Tico in the shelter before adoption. Calm? Nope! He was getting sick! After recovering from his kennel cough, hes proven to be as energetic as can be.

The Many Causes of Kennel Cough

How do dogs get kennel cough? Canine infectious respiratory disease is ubiquitous in "doggy" spaces - there are countless ways a dog can catch kennel cough. Here's what you need to know about it.

Dogs with the uncomplicated form of kennel cough tend to be otherwise healthy and continue to eat, drink, and play. Their lungs will usually sound normal, but some may experience lethargy and have a slight fever like my young pup. Others may experience nasal discharge and sneezing; still others exhibit only a persistent cough sometimes dry and hacking, or soft and wet. Excitement, exercise, and changes in temperature or humidity can induce coughing, as can gentle pressure on the trachea, such as from a collar.

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