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What is Kennel Cough?

“Kennel Cough” is the catch-all term used to describe a disease syndrome caused by a number of organisms – both viruses and bacteria – resulting in inflamation of the dog’s voicebox (larynx) and windpipe (trachea). This condition is most commonly caused by Bordetella bronchiseptica (a bacteria) or Parainfluenza (a virus), but can also be caused by a number of other organisms including Canine Advenovirus Type-2, Coronavirus, or Mycoplasma. The organisms which cause kennel cough syndrome are spread through airborne secretions or contact with contaminated environments. Symptoms of kennel cough syndrome include a persistent dry cough with a “honking” sound and oftentimes a “retch” at the end with production of white foamy phlegm.

Kennel cough is generally manageable with supportive treatment.

What Does the “Kennel Cough Vaccine” Protect Against?

The “kennel cough vaccine” protects against Bordetella bronchiseptica, the leading bacterial cause of kennel cough syndrome. The “Canine Distemper Vaccine” (aka DAPP or DA2PP) protects against the two most common viral causes of kennel cough syndrome, Parainfluenza and Canine Adenovirus Type 2.

Why Should I Vaccinate my Dog Against Leptospirosis?

  1. Kennel cough syndrome is highly contagious. Dogs who spend time in contact with large groups of other dogs (such as occurs with boarding, grooming, doggie daycare, and dog parks) are most at risk of infection. Responsible boarding/grooming/darcare facilities require the kennel cough vaccine.
  2. Kennel cough syndrome is generally not life-threatening, but can be significantly irritating to both the dog and his human family. Vaccination reduces the risk of contracting disease.