Kennel Cough in dogs is Fairly Common
It is often associated with boarding (kenneling). The specific cause is an airborne virus, which is highly contagious. Any time your dog is in the vicinity of an infected dog, the potential exists for infection. The incubation period is about 8-10 days, meaning your dog will not display symptoms of illness for about 8-10 days following exposure. For the most part it must run its course.
Kennel Cough Symptoms
A dry, “non-productive” cough. The dog sounds as if there is something stuck or caught in the throat and the coughing is an unsuccessful attempt to dislodge the object. Sometimes the coughing/gagging seems very violent. The episodes of coughing may go on for minutes at a time and then be repeated at intervals. Of course you will want to check your dog and make certain that there isn’t anything actually stuck in the throat! One way you can “test” for Kennel Cough is to press the throat gently, right in the collar area. If your dog has Kennel Cough, this will probably trigger some coughing.
Natural remedies can help build and strengthen your pet’s immune system, encourage the elimination of toxins and generally improve the overall health and vitality of your pet. The contributing cause to kennel cough and most illness is a weakened immune system. Fortifying your dogs’ immune system is best way to prevent them from getting sick in the first place.