Kennel Or House Cough

Kennel or house cough (Tracheobronchitis) is a common ailment of dogs of all ages. The cause is unknown, although keeping a dog in a hot, dry and stuffy kennel or house is thought to pave the way for the condition. Highly infectious, the disease usually runs a course of 2 to 4 weeks.

The most noticeable symptom of kennel or house cough is the cough itself. It's a deep, gagging cough that hangs on for weeks. When the cough first appears, you may think the dog has something stuck in his throat. He'll keep gagging and retching, as if he's trying to bring up something. Very often all he brings up is some foamy matter.

The pharynx, larynx and trachea become inflamed and contribute toward the cough and gagging reflex. Later, bronchitis sets in. There may be a slight rise in the dog's tempera-

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