Kennel cough (canine tracheobronchitis) is a very common disease in dogs, which can be described as the dog equivalent to the common cold. But puppies, elderly dogs, and those with existing medical conditions can be susceptible to complications from kennel cough. It is a respiratory infection caused by bacteria, flu, or some types of mycoplasma.
Kennel cough is very contagious and is a frequent issue for dogs who visit dog parks, dog shows, kennels, and boarding facilities. Dogs can spread it to one another through airborne droplets, direct contact with other dogs, or contaminated surfaces (including water/food bowls). It is not usually dangerous and normally clears up without treatment within a few weeks. To prevent your dog from catching kennel cough, it is recommended to get puppies vaccinated before they are exposed to other dogs.
When dogs get kennel cough, their trachea gets irritated and inflamed. This is why they start coughing and the major issue is that the more your dog coughs, the worse the condition will get. The main symptoms of kennel cough for owners to look out for include: a strong cough, often with a “honking” sound, a runny nose, sneezing, lethargy, and low fever. Also, as the trachea is irritated, some dogs can be reluctant to eat or drink. Of course, it is important to make sure they drink enough and don’t get dehydrated.
We have seen in cases of kennel cough, DoggyRade is a good tool to encourage dogs to stay properly hydrated. DoggyRade contains natural prebiotics, electrolytes, and amino acids which are essential in helping dogs overcome illnesses like kennel cough. Furthermore, DoggyRade’s high palatability and viscosity make it easier for dogs to consume while their trachea is inflamed.
As always, if you suspect that the situation is serious, you should take your dog to the vet clinic as soon as possible. To properly manage tracheal issues, early detection and intervention are the keys.