The classic symptom of kennel cough is a persistent, forceful cough. It often sounds like a goose honk.
Some dogs with kennel cough may show other symptoms of illness, including sneezing, a runny nose, or eye discharge.
Dogs “catch” kennel cough when they inhale bacteria or virus particles into their respiratory tract. This tract is normally lined with a coating of mucus that traps infectious particles, but there are a number of factors that can weaken this protection and make dogs prone to kennel cough infection, which results in inflammation of the larynx (voice box) and trachea (windpipe).
Treating and Preventing Kennel Cough:
Kennel cough is contagious. If you think your dog might have the condition, you should keep him away from other animals and contact your veterinarian.