Kennel cough or Bordetella is an infectious bronchitis in dogs. This causes a cough that can be dry or productive, meaning it is followed by a gag, swallowing motion and the production of foamy mucus (not to be confused with vomiting).
An uncomplicated kennel cough lasts about a week or two and entails frequent fits of coughing in a patient who otherwise feels active and normal. Uncomplicated cases do not involve fever or listlessness, just lots of coughing.
Kennel cough vaccines need to be updated once every six months to ensure protection. Vaccination is not useful in a dog already incubated for kennel cough. Kennel cough vaccines can be administered nasally, orally or injected.
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