What is Kennel Cough?

What is Kennel Cough? Is Kennel Cough deadly?

With the summer season, unfortunately, Kennel Cough is becoming a more popular phenomenon among our lovely dogs. 

Kennel Cough is a contagious respiratory disease caused by bacteria and viruses. Kennel Cough is not deadly in most cases, on the contrary, it is highly treatable among majority of the dogs! Puppies younger than 6 months and senior dogs in the risk of chronic bronchitis may experience the disease more severely than others. So, make sure to check with your veterinarian if your doggo experiences any of the signs of Kennel Cough as explained in the next question.

 Here are the answers to the frequently asked questions about Kennel Cough!


Some of the most common Kennel Cough symptoms include:

  1. Dog coughing and gagging

  2. Sneezing and a runny nose

  3. Eye discharge

  4. Low fever

  5. Loss of appetite 

What does Kennel Cough sound like?

The cough caused by Kennel Cough is a strong one that often sounds like a “honking sound.”

How do dogs catch Kennel Cough?

Kennel Cough is a highly contagious diseases, thus, dogs can easily contract Kennel Cough in crowded places such as dog hotels, dog kennel facilities and training groups. The transmission may occur through direct contact, contaminated surfaces, or air droplets.


It is not possible for most of the bacteria causing Kennel Cough to affect humans, however, one kind of bacteria known as Bordetella bronchiseptic may contract from their pets to the humans with weak immune systems due to other serious illnesses.

How to treat Kennel Cough?

Kennel Cough treatment usually involved a few weeks of rest if the case is not serious. The cure may also include some antibiotics and cough medicine to prevent further infection and minimize the symptoms. In all cases, make sure to check with your veterinarian first!

How can Kennel Cough be prevented?

  1. Kennel Cough vaccine: A vaccine against the most common bacteria causing Kennel Cough, Bordetella bronchiseptic, is available. The vaccine involves two doses with 2-4 weeks apart in the forms of oral, intranasal, and injectable. A booster is required every 6 months – 1 year.

  2. Avoid common dog boarding and daycare facilities: One-to-one daycare and boarding services at the comfort of your own home is much healthier and less risky for your furry friends! You can book PawsApp daycare and boarding services for a comfortable and safe environment!