Signs & Symptoms of Kennel Cough in Dogs

Updated April 17, 2017

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.


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.

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Theresa Kwiatkowski started her career in 1973 and has been a newspaper reporter, copy editor and managing editor. She was a copy editor at the "Chicago Tribune" and taught at Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism. She has a Bachelor of Arts in journalism from Marquette University.