- A dry, hacking cough. This is a classic symptom of kennel cough. The cough is generally dry and may be described as a honking noise. Unfortunately the cough is constant and persistent. Some dogs may experience a coughing fit every few minutes. Others may constantly be coughing as they are walking, lying down and going about their daily activities. The cough is probably the most uncomfortable aspect of kennel cough in dogs.
- Fever. If your pet develops a fever, he probably has contracted a severe form of the disease. Some dogs with canine cough appear perfectly normal and healthy, other than the fact that they are coughing all the time. A fever indicates that the disease is taking a toll on your pet's body. In this case, you should provide your pet with extra rest and TLC to ensure his swift recovery.
- Lethargy. Not all dogs with canine kennel cough or canine cough appear lethargic. Some do, while others appear perfectly normal. If your pet is lethargic he will have decreased energy, poor appetite, lack of interest in activities he is usually excited about, etc. The best thing you can do for a dog suffering from kennel cough is to make sure he receives plenty of rest and good nutrition. This will help his body combat the disease.
Kennel cough (canine cough) in dogs is a highly contagious disease. It is transmitted in a number of ways. These include:
- The air. Canine kennel cough is an airborne disease. In fact, this is the primary means by which kennel cough spreads. When a dog coughs, he releases thousands of microscopic contaminates into the air. The bacteria and virus can survive on tiny dist particles, dander and survive for hours traveling throughout your facility until inhaled by another host. Once ingested, these agents begin to wreak havoc within the upper respiratory tract.
- Contact with contaminated objects. If an infected dog drinks from a watering dish or hikes his leg on a post, and another dog comes in contact with these objects, he could easily catch kennel cough. This is why proper sanitation is critical in keeping your pets healthy. Failing to wipe down counters or thoroughly wash feeding dishes could cause your pet to develop this nasty canine cough.
- Direct contact with infected dogs. Be careful who your pet associates with! Sniffing the nose or just breathing the same air as an infected dog can cause your pet to develop canine cough. Boarding facilities, doggie day cares and other businesses where numerous pets are kept in close quarters, must take extra precautions to protect their facilities from the transmission of kennel cough in dogs. If you suspect a dog has canine cough, isolate him immediately.