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Let's talk about kennel cough

Kennel Cough, is a highly contagious bacterial infection in the upper airways of dogs. Although mostly commonly associated with a harsh cough, kennel cough can also cause gagging or vomiting.

Common among puppies and juvenile dogs, older dogs are still susceptible.

While it is important to vaccinate your dog for kennel cough, neither the injectable or nasal Bordettella vaccine is 100 percent effective. The vaccines do not last long and should be refreshed as recommended by your veterinarian if you plan to expose your dog to other dogs.

Kennel cough will often clear up on its own in three to four days, but antibiotics can often speed up recovery and shorten the time that your dog is contagious to other dogs. If your dog gets a cough that is very persistent, cough medicine can help ease their discomfort.

Dogs with Kennel Cough do not act sick. They are their usual active selves, eating and drinking, but coughing excessively. If your dog is coughing and acting ill, be sure to contact your veterinarian.

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