Kennel Cough Symptoms: What to Look Out For

Since we have to board Napa once in a while when we’re away on business, we have to keep him up to date on his kennel couch vaccination. He’s never caught the disease so far (although he HAS gotten influenza from doggy daycare), but the insistence on getting the shot had me curious as to what to look out for.

Here are the top 5 Kennel Cough Symptoms:

  • Cough like sound
  • Sneezing
  • Runny nose
  • Eye discharge
  • Lethargy

How to treat Kennel Cough:

Most dogs will recover on their own from Kennel Cough. It generally runs takes of 3-6 weeks for it to run it’s course. As always if you’re unsure about your dogs health, take them to the vet right away. Your vet may give your dog antibiotics and fluids. Vitamin C can also be used to treat Kennel Cough but consult your vet on the correct way to administer Vitamin C to your dog.

How to Prevent Kennel Cough:

The most basic prevention is to keep your dog away from any other dogs that have Kennel Cough or exhibit the symptoms. You can also stop Kennel cough from spreading by keeping your dogs toys, food and water bowels sanitized. Since Kennel Cough is transmitted through the air you can also improve the air quality of your home by using air purifiers.

The fact is that your dog will most likely contract Kennel Cough while being boarded, groomed, at doggy day care and even at the vet if your dog isn’t vaccinated. Take the time to choose facilities that have impeccable reputations, and clean doggy environments.

Napa recently got influenza, which is different from kennel cough. He was kept hydrated by mixing in some tuna water into his water supply. He also had to stay home from doggy daycare until all the other dogs were better too. It was a very quiet four weeks in the house, but he’s fine now. I hear the recovery time for kennel couch is similar.

Being proactive, and knowing your dog are the two best things you can rely on when it comes to Kennel Cough. Does your dog have symptoms of Kennel Cough? Let me know how they are doing.


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