Kennel cough is most often caused by the Bordetella virus that is easily passed from dog to dog through the air. Just like the human cold, Bordetella is very contagious so it is very important to get your dog vaccinated against it, especially if your dog is around other dogs on a regular basis.
Bordetella will cause a dry, hacking cough that appears about three to seven days after the dog is infected. It sounds as if the dog needs to clear its throat and is triggered by any extra activity or exercise.
Many dogs that acquire the virus will cough every few minutes, all day long. They generally will not run a fever or have a loss of appetite but the constant coughing is irritating to both the dog and the dog’s family. The illness lasts about 7 to 21 days and the vast majority of dogs will recover without need for medication.
Last Hope always vaccinates its dogs against Bordetella because, although it’s rarely fatal, it is very unpleasant for the dog and it is so easily transmitted.
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