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Do Dogs Get Vaccinated for Kennel Cough?

by Sam Salvati - 07/28/20

Kennel cough, or infectious tracheobronchitis, is one of the most widespread respiratory diseases in dogs, especially common in young pups after encountering other dogs. Your dog may be exposed to this disease after visiting a dog park or dog kennel. The dog kennel cough vaccine exists, but does your dog need it?

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As a highly transmissible disease in dogs, if you plan on taking your dog to a park or dropping him off at the kennel, you should get your pooch vaccinated. Although some facilities don't require this, kennel cough in dogs is best prevented with the vaccine.

Kennel Cough Symptoms

Your dog is most susceptible if he is young with a weak immune system. If you notice any of these symptoms, you should take your pup to a veterinary clinic as soon as possible:

  • Sluggishness
  • Weak movement or an altered walk
  • Lack of appetite
  • Honking cough
  • Rapid and strenuous breathing
  • Sleep loss

Typically, kennel cough treatment consists of prescribed antibiotics for a few weeks. Hospitalization is rare but possible.

Does My Dog Need a Kennel Cough Vaccination?

Dog vaccinations are the most effective form of disease prevention. The kennel cough vaccine can be administered a number of ways, including through the nostril, the mouth, or as a standard needle injection.

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If your dog is set to visit a park, kennel, or any other densely populated dog gathering, you should discuss the kennel cough vaccine with your vet.

Pasadena native Sam Salvati is the adoring dog dad to Pablo, Ester and Farris. He enjoys keeping abreast of and writing about the latest developments in pet care.