Unfortunately this time of year (Jan to Mar) often results in Kennel Cough doing the rounds. Kennel cough, is a canine respiratory infection that causes inflammation of the upper airway. This leads to irritation of the airways and a dry cough. It also makes the animal more susceptible to a secondary infection.
Kennel cough is VERY contagious. Any dog can get kennel cough, but puppies and unvaccinated dogs are at a greater risk. Kennel cough causes a persistent, nonproductive cough that may sound as if something is caught in your pet’s throat and they are gagging or trying to clear their throat. Others describe it as a deep honking cough. Animals with kennel cough will otherwise act and eat normally. Exercise or getting excited can make symptoms worse. If you suspect your dog might have Kennel Cough a vet trip is in order!