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Things You Need To Know About Kennel Cough

June 17, 2021

What is Kennel Cough? 

Known to be a highly contagious disease, Kennel cough is an infection that can occur in dogs. It is also known as Infectious Tracheobronchitis and Canine Infectious Respiratory Disease Complex, and can be caused by several different pathogens, both viral and bacterial . Kennel cough can in some instances be serious as it may lead to other more severe diseases like pneumonia. 

How is Kennel Cough Transmitted? 

 The pathogens can be spread extremely easily by sneezing, coughing, or direct contact. 

Symptoms of Kennel Cough in Pets

Dogs with Kennel Cough show some of the following symptoms:

  • Sneezing
  • Coughing (dry, hacking sound) 
  • Exercise intolerance 
  • Loss of appetite
  • Fever
  • Runny nose
  • Eye discharge
  • Lethargy
  • Swollen lymph nodes 

The viruses and bacteria that cause kennel cough generally are not passed on to humans.

Does My Pet Require a Kennel Cough Vaccine in Singapore? 

Getting a vaccine for kennel cough is not compulsory in Singapore as it is deemed as a non-core vaccine. However, different dogs have different needs. Discuss with your veterinarian if a Kennel Cough vaccine is recommended for your dog


Home remedy is available, but we recommend bringing your dog to the vet as treatment options, or even whether to treat at all, varies case by case.

Dr James’ Opinion: In many cases treatment is prescribed, which may involve the use of antibiotics and in some instances antiinflammatories. I generally do not prescribe anti cough medications in the early stages of the disease as the cough is a protective, airway clearing mechanism. It is important to note however that the cough caused by kennel cough can be quite persistent, in some cases lasting for several weeks.


Even though kennel cough is generally not a life-threatening issue, it should not be taken lightly. Taking care of your pet's diet and sleeping schedule would be helpful in fighting off this illness. If you have many pets in a close environment, we strongly recommend getting them vaccinated. The infected pet should be immediately separated from other pets.

For detailed guidelines, queries or doubts, do visit your vet. 

This article is endorsed by perrovets' vet, Dr James Blanshard

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