Kennel cough symptoms it's treatment and treating dogs and puppies from home

What is Canine kennel cough?

Kennel cough symptoms in dogs and puppies can be very uncomfortable for your pooch, although it may not be life threatening it is always a good idea to get some advice from your vet before you start the treatment and begin treating the disease from home.

The Symptoms of Kennel Cough.

  • Hacking Cough – A hacking or honking cough in dogs and puppies sounds different than it does in people. It sounds dry and comes from deep within your dog’s body. It sounds like your dog maybe vomiting this cough.
  • Fever – If your dog has developed a temperature and fever along with a hacking cough he could have kennel cough. Feel your dog’s ears to see if they are hot as this is a good sign.
  • Phlegm – If your dog or puppy is coughing, retching and making a gagging sound. A good idea is to check where your dog sleeps to see if there is any yellow phlegm or discharge on his bedding – but remember a dog can have a dry cough that doesn’t produce much phlegm.
  • Lethargy and Tiredness – If your dog seems less active and doesn’t come when called and seems generally under the weather – this is another symptom of kennel cough.
  • You know your dog or puppy better than anyone  so follow your instincts,  but worryingly and this is where it gets tricky with kennel cough symptoms in dogs and puppies is that a dog or puppy can still be quite active with the disease!

Top Tips

  • Remember that kennel cough is extremely contagious so you need to get advice from your vet and the ‘all clear’ before you let your dog out to socialize with other dogs.
  • The disease can also be transferred to cats and other other animals as well as dogs and puppies!

The symptoms of kennel cough if treated correctly should start to clear after one month.