Recently Max came to our Blue Cross Veterinary Centre after having coughing fits at home. He had a dry, hacking cough and was also intermittently retching which his owner found very distressing. Despite his cough, Max was still eating and drinking normally. Max was diagnosed as having Kennel Cough, one of many recent cases. A thorough veterinary examination found Max had a normal temperature and clear lungs and he was sent home with his owner for close monitoring and recovery.
Kennel cough is a highly contagious, viral disease
It is usually cleared by the immune system within 2-3 weeks
Treatment is mostly supportive, however if a secondary bacterial infection occurs it can lead to more serious issues
Following diagnosis if you notice nasal discharge, a wet cough, lethargy, fever or loss of appetite seek further veterinary advice.
Two weeks later Max’s owner reports that the coughing has ceased and he is back to his normal self!