Kennel cough in dogs and cats

Common info

Kennel cough is a severe contagious disease caused by respiratory infections in dogs. This Disease is known worldwide. Dogs have high chances to get infected and is also expected to occur in dogs at least once in their lives. However, it is quite rare in cats.


In 1968, there was a study on the separation of Herpes Canis virus from the respiratory system in dogs that got infected naturally and also found a virus that causes Kennel cough.


Kennel cough in dogs and cats is an infectious disease that can be very easily infected and is also the most common disease. The cause of the Kennel cough is a bacterial infection and various types of viruses, which can be infected from one kind or multiple viruses at the same time.


  • Coughing
  • Lack of appetite
  • Lethargy
  • Loud breathing sounds
  • Runny eyes
  • Runny nose
  • Swelling tonsils

If the dog has mild symptoms, the symptoms mostly include dry and deep coughing. Without proper treatment, it could lead to the next stage that may cause severe coughing, runny eyes, runny nose, swollen tonsils, loudly breathing sounds, loss of appetite, lethargy or coughing continually.

Treatment and Prevention

The treatment Kennel cough in dogs and cats is to give antibiotics to prevent complications from the bacteria, including other medications according to symptoms such as mucus-reducing drugs, cough medicine, etc. Kennel cough in dogs can be prevented by vaccination, starting from the age of 1 month or more.

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