Recently we have seen an increased number of dogs with suspect ‘kennel cough’ type symptoms.
‘Kennel cough’ or infectious tracheobronchitis is infectious bronchitis of dogs characterized by a harsh, hacking cough.
Typically, dogs become infected when they spend time in contact with other, infected dogs — for example — off-leash dog parks, doggy daycare, boarding kennels, even play-dates with an infected dog.
The incubation period can be from 2-14 days. Most healthy dogs who contract kennel cough will exhibit a very hoarse, honking cough for anywhere from 3-5 days and up to 1-2 weeks. Most dogs will have an irritating, annoying cough that will resolve on it owns without treatment.
However, a small number of dogs can develop secondary nasal infections or even pneumonia. Dogs at risk for developing an illness due to kennel cough would be young puppies, senior dogs, those that are already immunocompromised or have underlying heart disease or respiratory condition.
Most dogs will get over a case of kennel cough in a few days without any medical intervention. Some will need symptomatic relief with a cough suppressant.
Dogs who seem unwell, are very lethargic, have a reduced appetite or have nasal discharge should be taken to their veterinarian.
Due to the highly contagious nature of kennel cough, if you do make a veterinary appointment for your dog, we will ask you to please leave your pet in your vehicle until he or she can be seen by the veterinarian.
If you have any questions regarding the duration or nature of your dog’s cough, please contact us at the veterinary hospital.
Written by: Oakbank Animal Hospital