Dog Kennel Cough Overview

Posted July 31st, 2010 by admin

Kennel Cough Overview


Kennel Coughis the lay name most commonly used to describe Infectious Tracheobronchitis which affects dogs.  This widespread upper respiratory disease is initiated by a number of varying bacteria and viruses.  For the most part this highly contagious disease is “self limiting” – meaning it will generally go away on its own over time, and normally requires no, or limited, extraneous treatment.  Vaccines are available to assist in prevention and some treatment of the disease.  These vaccines are provided by intra-nasal inoculation or by injection.  Kennel cough typically affects dogs, cats and wild Canidae (wolf, coyote, jackal and fox—to name a few).  The risk to humans, however, is limited—especially to those in good health.  Prevention of your pet from contracting this disease is best met by avoiding stress of your dog, keeping your dog healthy, and limiting exposure to areas where infected dogs would normally congregate, such as: kennels (where the common name was derived), pet grooming salons, veterinary offices (where sick or affected dogs are brought for diagnosis and care), dog shows, parks, etc.  In addition to pet area avoidance, annual preventative vaccination may be warranted.

Kennel cough’s symptoms could also be masking other health issues your dog may be experiencing which could become a serious health issue (perhaps pneumonia) if not diagnosed and treated early.  Some of these ailments include: allergies, irritations, heart disease, heart-worm, parasites, throat growths, pneumonia or periodontal disease.  Consulting with a veterinarian would be the best solution to diagnosing and treating your dog for the problem they may actually have.

For more specific information about this disease click on the article headings noted below.

More Specific Information

Kennel Cough

“A dog has a good chance of catching Kennel Cough sometime in its life . . .”

Infectious Agents

“. . . Kennel Cough, comes from a combination of a variety of agents—both viruses and bacteria.”

Symptoms and Diagnosis

“. . . you will know by the frequency and sound of their cough.”

Treatment and When to See Your Veterinarian

“. . . the disease is considered self limiting . . . you determine professional care and attention are warranted . . .”

Vaccination and Prevention

“. . . keeping your dog isolated . . . Vaccination then becomes the best alternative to isolation.”

Human Health Risk

“. . . there is research to suggest that individuals with weakened or compromised immune systems may be at risk to catch this disease.

Infection of Other Pets

“All of the precautions noted for Kennel Cough would generally apply for other pets . . . “


The information contained in the articles on this website is provided for information purposes only.  The articles are not written by veterinarians per se.  As such, the information should not be considered as a replacement for the advice of a veterinarian.  Great care is made in the creation of these articles; however, we cannot guarantee their accuracy and/or omissions.  In all cases where doubt may exist, we recommend seeking appropriate professional veterinary advice and assistance.

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