When you notice that your dog has developed a persistent cough that comes in spasms, you might assume that something is caught in your pet's throat. But that cough may be a sign of a bronchitis infection known as kennel cough. Kennel cough can be caused by a number of different bacteria and viruses, and most often is contracted by exposure to other dogs at kennels, dog parks or dog shows.
Kennel cough is highly contagious, so it's very important for owners to take steps to stop the spread of the disease to other dogs. Keep dogs with kennel cough away from other dogs until their symptoms have resolved and keep recovered dogs away from unvaccinated or immunocompromised puppies and dogs. Disinfect all items that an infected dog has come into contact with, including cages, bowls and brushes.
The most common sign of kennel cough is a dry and hacking "goose honk" cough, or coughing or gagging up secretions, which may be triggered by exercise or excitement. More serious infections can lead to fever, decreased appetite and difficulty breathing.
Although kennel cough can be life-threatening in young puppies and immuno- compromised dogs, for most dogs the outcomes are good. Unless there are complications, most infections resolve in time without antibiotics. If you have concerns about your pet's risks or think your dog may have been exposed, con- tact our experienced team at Emergency Veterinary Clinic of Tualatin.
Emergency Veterinary Clinic of Tualatin
8250 SW Tonka St
Tualatin, OR 97052