Signs & Symptoms of Kennel Cough in Dogs

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Signs & Symptoms of Kennel Cough in Dogs
Kennel cough is like a cold that dogs can pass to other dogs. (dog sleeping in metal kennel image by Paul Retherford from

Kennel cough in dogs is a contagious condition caused by bacteria. It can be passed from dog to dog, like a cold in humans. In a mild case of the dry, scratchy cough, the dog will recover in a couple of weeks. Vaccines are available if your dog is frequently in a kennel.

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The dry, raspy cough can go on continually.


The dog can sound as if he is trying to cough up something caught in his throat. The dog's throat will be sore.

Lethargy, fever

While most dogs recover without intervention, a severe case of kennel cough can lead to pneumonia. The dog will have a fever, become listless and lose its appetite. Medical care is necessary.

Signs & Symptoms of Kennel Cough in Dogs
A sick dog will have no energy and no appetite. (dog image by Michal Tudek from

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