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Infectious canine tracheobronchitis

Medical name: Kennel cough


  • Loss of appetite
  • Stressful breathing
  • Dry cough
  • Easily worn out
  • Feverish
  • Gagging
  • Lethargy
  • Runny nose
  • Distressed breathing


The main sign of the aptly named kennel cough is a hacking cough that if left untreated can go on for weeks. The “kennel cough” cough is described as dry, harsh, nonproductive and persistent. This is usually accompanied by nasal discharge. Infectious tracheobronchitis is the veterinary name for kennel cough — the contagious respiratory disease caused by a combination of bacterial and viral infections. Bordetella bronchiseptica is the principal bacterial culprit, but the varying assortment of other “bugs” makes vaccination against kennel cough less than 100 percent perfect. Nevertheless, it’s a good idea to have your dog vaccinated against kennel cough before going to a boarding kennel or other places where dogs are together — and proof of current vaccination might be required. If you suspect your dog is suffering from kennel cough, your vet can determine the cause and treat him accordingly. And be sure to isolate your pet from other dogs until the infection clears.

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