Kennel Cough (canine tracheobronchitis) is a highly contagious disease caused by a variety of micro organisms acting alojne or in combination. These are transmitted by direct contact with an infected dog. Kennel Cough produces a harsh, hacking cough, sometimes ending in retching or gagging. This cough may be triggered by exercise or excitement.
Dogs are particularly at risk of getting Kennel Cough when mixing closely with other dogs, for example in kennels or at dog shows. No single vaccine will fully protect against Kennel Cough, however there are vaccines available against 3 of the main organisms: canine adenovirus type 2, parainfluenza virus and Bordetella bronchiseptica
Treatment involves controlling the bacterial infection and reducing the severity of the cough, where needed. There are no effective antiviral drugs available.