What is Kennel Cough?

what is kennel cough symptomsHas your dog been making strange hacking or coughing noises? They may have an affection called the “kennel cough”. Just like us, our pets can be exposed to many different viruses causing irritation in their chest. Dogs catch this cold after inhaling virus particles and bacteria from dust, cigarette smoke and crowded areas. Kennel cough is not considered a serious situation since most dogs recover without any treatment but it is highly contagious from dog to dog.


  • A constant dry cough that sounds like honking
  • Gagging or choking
  • Coughing up white, foamy phlegm
  • Fever
  • Nasal discharge

Ways To Treat Kennel Cough

  • If you suspect that your dog has a cough you should keep them away from all other dogs.
  • Immediately make a visit to your veterinarian, they may prescribe medicine depending on the case.
  • Make sure your dog is maintaining a healthy lifestyle. They should be eating and drinking normally. Keep them in a stress-free environment because even stress can cause colds.
  • A humidifier or vaporizer can relieve their breathing.
  • Usually, kennel cough only lasts up to three weeks. With young puppies and elderly dogs it may take up to six weeks to completely clear up.
  • Use a harness instead of a collar because the strain of the leash can increase coughing.


The best way to prevent kennel cough is to ask your vet about vaccinations and to prevent exposure. Unvaccinated dogs and ones who are frequently around other furry friends are at higher risk.


For more information on the kennel cough, call us at (636) 939-3000.