This article is about kennel cough symptoms. If you would like information about treatment for kennel cough you may be interested in this article: Kennel Cough Treatment.
Most dog owners only recognise kennel cough symptoms in their dog when they hear the dry, goose-like honking sound of their dog’s cough. Once a dog starts this dry troubled coughing it has already been exposed to the disease for 2 to 3 days. Border Collies don’t usually make any type of sound like this, so if you hear a dry, hoarse and hacking cough you should be concerned.
In addition to the harsh coughing sound, dogs may exhibit symptoms which include snorting, sneezing, retching, gagging, coughing up fluid and vomiting. Some dogs will suffer from a fever while they have kennel cough. If your Border Collie suffers from these symptoms you should take your dog to the vet as soon as possible.
What is Kennel Cough?
Kennel cough symptoms result from upper respiratory inflammation. This may be caused by viral or bacterial disease. Both viruses and bacteria can spread through the air from coughing or sneezing or through contamination of surfaces or contact with an infected dog.
Kennel cough and its underlying viral and bacterial diseases are highly contagious and this is why it includes “kennel” in the name. Boarding kennels for dogs are notorious for spreading kennel cough. These days most kennels and doggy daycare centers require evidence that dogs have been vaccinated for kennel cough before they can attend.
While vaccination is available for kennel cough, you should still be aware of kennel cough symptoms in your dog who has been vaccinated. This is because vaccinated dogs can still get kennel cough. Most dog owners don’t know this. The strain of the virus can mutate and still make your dog sick. In most cases a vaccinated dog who gets kennel cough usually suffers less severe kennel cough symptoms.
How Long Does Kennel Cough Last?
Kennel cough usually lasts for between 10 to 20 days. However the severity, of the kennel cough symptoms, tends to ease during the first 5 days of the disease. If this is the first time you’ve experienced kennel cough in one of your dogs it can be very alarming. It is heartening to know the worst of the kennel cough symptoms are over in the first few days.
Even when your dog recovers from kennel cough after the 10 to 20 days, it may relapse and you’ll see the kennel cough symptoms again if your dog is placed in a high stress situation or is suffering from poor nutrition. This is due to a weakened immune system whereby your dog is unable to combat the disease.
Once your dog suffers from kennel cough you need to look after your dog throughout the kennel cough treatment and beyond. It is essential, for the wellbeing of your dog, to prevent further relapses if possible.
While kennel cough symptoms are extremely alarming and you may fear the worst for your dog, it is good to know that most dogs make a full recovery without any problems. Some dogs do go on to develop pneumonia after kennel cough if left untreated so it is important to take your dog to the vet to determine the underlying cause. Kennel cough treatment will vary depending on whether the cause is viral or bacterial. Treatment also depends on the severity of the symptoms.