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Kennel Cough in Dogs

Dog receives a vaccination orally from a veterinary technician

What is Kennel Cough in Dogs?

Kennel cough or Bordetella is an infectious bronchitis in dogs. This causes a coughthat can be dry or productive, meaning it is followed by a gag, swallowingmotion 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 fitsof coughing in a patient who otherwise feels active and normal. Uncomplicatedcases do not involve fever or listlessness, just lots of coughing.

Kennel Cough Vaccination

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. Kennelcough vaccines can be administered nasally, orally or injected.

To learn more about kennel cough, visit Veterinary Partner’s website.