Kennel Cough

Kennel cough is an airborne infection, which is often found when large numbers of dogs are kept in close proximity to each other. It is easily compared to a common cold in humans.

Kennel cough is not a single specific disease, but a general term given to a group of clinical signs, which can be caused by any one, or a mixture of several different infections. It is characterised by cough – often compared to the cough made when a dog has something stuck in his throat. The cough may be dry and irritating but could also be moist and productive. The dog may be sneezing, have a watery nasal discharge and at times suffer from a high-temperature.

Most cases of kennel cough resolve spontaneously with no need to treatment. However antibiotics will be required in severe cases, or where there is a risk of infection spreading to other dogs.

If your dog suffers from kennel cough it is important to keep him isolated from other dogs. Great care must be taken in avoiding undue excitement and exercise as this could provoke a severe coughing attack. If your dog normally pulls on his collar when being exercised you are recommended to walk your dog using a harness if he is suffering from kennel cough.

Occasionally an animal may come into us with kennel cough and, due to the infectious nature of the virus, this could sometimes spread to other dogs. Because the incubation period is 10 days, your new pet may not show any symptoms when he leaves Southridge. He might however develop them a few days later. Unfortunately treatment for kennel cough is not covered by your free 30 day insurance cover if your dog contracted the infection from our kennels. In the rare instance this happens, we recommend you contact the centre for treatment, unless you are happy to get the dog treated yourself.

Please talk to your own vet for future vaccinations against kennel cough.