Kennel Cough Signs and Symptoms:

  • Dry/Hacking cough
  • Reverse sneezing
  • Nasal Discharge/Mucous
  • Exercise intolerance


  • Parainfluenza: a virus that causes mild respiratory tract infections; transmitted through contact with nasal secretions of infected dogs.
  • Bordatella bronchisepatica: a bacteria that causes respiratory tract inflammation; transmitted through direct contact with infected dogs, toys, water bowls, cages, or from inhalation (easily aerosolized).
  • Mycoplasma: a bacteria that causes respiratory tract inflammation; transmitted similarly to Bordatella.

Infectious Tracheobronchitis is a very popular and a highly contagious respiratory infection. Known as kennel cough because of its popularity in kennel scenarios (eg. daycares, off-leash parks, shelters), where there are lots of dogs playing, or housing together.

In most adult cases, the issue is self-limiting, meaning it will go away on its own. However, continuously coughing can be both painful and annoying. Your clinic can help keep your pet safe in various ways. There is a vaccine for Bordatella that can help to reduce said bacteria from sticking, or there are cough suppressants and antibiotics that can help treat symptoms.

Ask your vet for more information!

Written by Aurora Animal Clinic