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What is kennel cough?

Kennel cough is a non-serious disease that strikes the respiratory system of dogs. In some circumstances it requires the administration of antibiotics to clear up, although most dogs recover from it within a 1-3 weeks without treatment. The symptoms are typically a dry cough that can be exacerbated by the use of a collar. Otherwise, a dog’s energy level and appetite are rarely affected.

If additional symptoms such as loss of appetite, sluggishness or nasal discharge are present, this could be indication of a more serious disease that should be treated by a veterinarian. If you think that your dog may have contracted kennel cough, talk to your vet to determine if they should be given antibiotics.

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