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Canine Cough

Understanding and Navigating Common Symptoms, Treatment, and Prevention

Canine Cough is a broad term covering any infectious or contagious condition of dogs where coughing is one of the major clinical signs.

What Are the Common Symptoms of Canine Cough: 

  • Coughing 

  • Runny eyes/nose 

  • Wheezing 

How is it Contracted? 

  • Airborne or direct contact (e.g., while sniffing other dogs on walk, or playing with other dogs). 

  • Dogs can contract it at daycare, much like a child getting a cold at their daycare. 

  • Sharing items/surfaces such as water bowls, toys, etc. 



  • Most cases run its course over 1-2 weeks, similar to a human cold/flu. 

  • Some pups may require veterinary treatment such as antibiotics or cough suppressants. 

  • Always contact your vet if you are concerned with how your dog is doing. 



  • Immunity, even if the dog has experienced a natural infection, is neither solid nor long-lasting. 

  • The Bordetella vaccine aids in preventing some strains, but not all. 

  • Keep your pup home if they are displaying symptoms, to limit the spread to other dogs. 

  • Daycare/Boarding facilities have stringent disinfection protocols, but this can still be transmitted by asymptomatic dogs. 


When Can My Dog See Other Dogs Again? 

  • In our experience, veterinarians have suggested returning to daycare after being symptom free for 5-7 days. 


Stay informed about symptoms, treatments, and prevention methods to ensure your dog's well-being. If you have concerns, consult your vet and follow guidelines for a safe return to social activities for your furry friend.

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