What is Canine Cough?

It is the general term encompassing a viral or bacterial infection that inflames the windpipe and lungs, causing a cough. The severity and sound of the cough varies by virus and the dogs overall immune system.

How is it spread?

The virus spreads just like a human virus, it is an airborne virus and can be spread through coughing and sneezing and contact of surfaces.


2-14 days: incubation period

7-14 days: Symptoms usually last

10 days: Contagious for after last clinical symptoms

What to watch for

Can I protect my dog?

There is no true protection, just as there is not with a human cold or flu.The bordetella vaccine helps with immunity against a few strains, but does not guarantee prevention.

We treat every day as if there is a virus or disease walking into our facility. Our sanitation protocol and procedures will continue to be our top priority. We will be closely monitoring all dogs to ensure we are keeping things as safe and healthy as possible.

Please note: The content provided herein is intended for educational purposes only. While every effort has been made to ensure accuracy and reliability, the information presented should not be construed as a substitute for professional veterinary advice, diagnosis, or treatment. If you have any concerns about the health or well-being of your pet, please seek the guidance of a licensed veterinarian or other qualified professional. Reliance on any information provided in this article is solely at your own risk.

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