Kennel cough in dogs: symptoms

Kennel cough is a very contagious dog disease - the sooner you recognize the symptoms and isolate your dog from others, the better. Read more about the signs of infection here. The symptoms of kennel cough often worsen at night - Image: Shutterstock / LRHelms

When a dog is infected with kennel cough, it usually takes a little while for the symptoms to appear for the first time. This can be up to four weeks - with some four-legged friends, however, the signals of the infection can be seen much earlier.

This is how you can recognize kennel cough

As the name of the dog disease suggests, coughing is one of the clearest symptoms of an infestation. This is dry, strong, stubborn and can occur like a fit in a wide variety of situations. If the infection of kennel cough in dogs is caused by bacteria, the cough can also be moist instead of dry. Then you can usually hear rattling breathing noises and sneezing and eye discharge can occur.

It is generally noticeable that the four-legged friend begins to cough when pressure is exerted on his windpipe, for example by slightly pulling the collar when walking. The cough stimuli can also occur in between, both under stress and just out of the blue. The dog often begins to cough, especially at night, and does not come to rest. In addition, you may be able to observe some accompanying symptoms in your sick dog.

Possible accompanying symptoms of the disease

The symptoms of kennel cough are not always clear. Usually dogs with kennel cough look completely normal - apart from coughing. They often eat, play and often do not look cut off. However, there may be an increased cough at night or when drinking water and a runny nose or fever worsening the course of the disease.

Eye discharge, sneezing and tonsillitis are also possible. Some dogs may drink significantly less because the cough worsens - there is a risk of dehydration.

Preventing kennel cough - is that possible?

Kennel cough is an infection that affects the dog's trachea and bronchi and is very contagious ...

All symptoms of kennel cough in dogs at a glance:

• Dry cough (persistent, strong, and often seizure-like)
• Wet cough if bacteria cause kennel cough
• Cough mainly at night and when there is pressure on the windpipe (such as when leading on a leash)
• Eye discharge
• runny nose and sneezing
• Fever
• Reduced drinking

If you suspect the infection, you should always see a veterinarian. Your dog should be treated as soon as possible if he is actually ill. In addition, your pet should be isolated from other four-legged friends as much as possible so as not to expose them to the high risk of infection.