Kennel Cough


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Just like children in a playground can catch a cold from their playmates, dogs can catch similar ‘ parasites’ when socializing with other dogs. There is however misconceptions and fears surrounding many of the most common of dog illnesses. One such illness is Kennel Cough; this is one of the most easily transmittable illnesses and one which is often greatly feared by dog owners.

Despite this, Kennel Cough is very similar to a human cold or flu and can be easily managed when the correct preventative measures are followed and treatment is issued. Kennel Cough is caused by a virus, which usually leads to a secondary bacterial infection. This virus is airborne and there for can be caught from the dog next door, when walking, socializing or in a new environment. Your vet can vaccinate against Kennel Cough and this should be done during your dog’s yearly C5 injection. Puppies usually receive their first shot against Kennel Cough at 12 weeks of age.

Vaccination will reduce the severity of symptoms if your dog does catch Kennel Cough. Dogs can be contagious for one to two weeks without showing any symptoms. Below is a list of common symptoms.


  1. Hacking cough. Dogs may cough differently from humans. In dogs it may sound like a dry reaching type of cough. It is a sound that resonates inside the dogs body frame. When you listen to it, you are almost sure the dog is going to throw up at any minute. The cough may also be continual, which is a big discomfort to your pet.
  2. Phlegm. If your dog emits phlegm and is producing a gagging sound from its throat, then it is definitely suffering from Kennel Cough. Check the sleeping area of your dog for phlegm or yellow discharge. However there are times your pet has dry cough and wont produce phlegm. That doesn’t change the fact that your dog suffers from a repertory tract infection that you have to address immediately.
  3. Fever. Fever is one of the symptoms of Kennel Cough, although its also present in most dog disease. If your dog has a fever it may have a warm dry nose, hot red ears and be panting.
  4. Less alert and active. You will definitely know a sick dog if you see one. Sick dogs will try to tell their masters that they are not feeling well. They do so by not responding to calls or staying in one corner of the house all day.

If you notice any of these symptoms it is important that you notify your vet and immediately stop your dog from interacting with any other dogs. Your vet can treat Kennel Cough with antibiotics and vitamin c. in addition; rest and warmth as well as a little TLC are the usual treatments for Kennel Cough – just like a human cold. If you have any other concerns or questions please feel free to have a chat with one of our staff members at Paddington Pups.

Paddington Pups is very aware of Kennel Cough and we fog our building regularly with a hypoallergenic, organic and food safe coating that kills germs on impact. Most diseases and bacteria’s will not survive on any surface in our facility, as the coating is effective for months. Because of the Kennel cough virus not being able to survive on any of our surfaces it is extremely rare that any of our dogs end up with it. The only way for it to be contagious in our facility is from mouth to mouth contact with a dog that has the virus.




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