12 Jan Patient of the Week – Kinako
Kinako has had a few medical issues throughout her puppyhood, including some diarrhea (Giardia), ingestion of a pee pad (vomiting was induced), and kennel cough!
Kennel cough is a very broad term that includes many viruses that cause a cough, among other symptoms. Often owners will describe that it sounds like their dog is choking; they often cough to the point of gagging up whitish fluid.
Usually, kennel cough is self-limiting and will resolve after a couple weeks. If your dog is coughing, it is not necessarily an emergency.
Keep them quiet, resting and isolated from other dogs for 2 weeks as it is very contagious! Monitor that they continue to eat and drink, as dogs with kennel cough are not usually lethargic.
In some cases, kennel cough can progress to pneumonia. Your dog should see a veterinarian if they are immuno-compromised or senior, if they are having respiratory distress, become lethargic, or lose interest in food.
Vaccinations help, but regardless of your dog’s vaccination status, if there is a known outbreak in your community, avoid having your dog socialize with or sniff other dogs, and stay close to home and clear of dog parks.