Kennel Cough is a broad term covering any infectious or contagious condition of dogs where coughing is one of the major clinical signs. The term tracheobronchitis describes the location of the infection in the "windpipe" or trachea and bronchial tubes. The infection spreads when dogs are housed together, it is often seen soon after dogs have been in kennels.
Regardless of the common name of kennel cough, it is not only transmitted via dogs in kennels. It can be passed on clothing of people who have come in contact with an infected animal. Play groups, dog parks and even dogs with a shared environment are also at risk.
The most common signs are:
If any or all of these symptoms arise, you need to take your pet to a veterinarian immediately. It is highly contagious, which means other pets in your home and any pets that your infected animal comes in contact with are at risk.
Puppies, pregnant dogs, and any animal with a compromised immune system can suffer from the most severe of these symptoms.
For more information on kennel cough see this article from PetMD.
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