The most obvious symptom of kennel cough is a forceful, hacking cough, which will often sound like your dog has something stuck in their throat. The cough can be dry and hoarse or productive, in which case it can be followed by a gag, swallowing motion or the production of mucus.
Kennel cough is rarely severe, and uncomplicated kennel cough will usually go away on its own. However, medications are commonly given to help your dog recover quicker and prevent the condition from worsening. If you suspect your dog has kennel cough, take them to the vet for an examination.
Symptoms ususally develop three to ten days after exposure to an infected animal. Animals with kennel cough will otherwise act and eat normally. Exercise or getting excited can make symptoms worse. If you think your dog has kennel cough, see your veterinarian as soon as possible.
How Is Kennel Cough Treated? Typically, mild cases of kennel cough are treated with a week or two of rest, but a veterinarian may prescribe antibiotics to prevent a secondary infection and cough medication to ease the symptoms.
If your pooch has kennel cough, it's especially important to make sure he drinks enough water. It will flush out the toxins in his body, which may help get rid of the virus faster. If your dog does not want to drink water, have him chew on ice cubes.
The symptoms of kennel cough are similar to many other respiratory diseases. It's important to visit the vet if your dog is displaying these symptoms. Once a proper diagnosis is made, kennel cough is usually treated with rest and sometimes antibiotics (to prevent or treat secondary infections).
The classic honking, hacking cough which is often followed by a big retch at the end, lasts for one to two weeks in an average case. Usually the coughing is worse at night and in the morning and better during the day when the dog is moving around.
Conclusion. A dog coughing like something is stuck in their throat is usually caused by kennel cough, a highly contagious but also usually self-limiting infection. This is generally not a cause of big concern in dogs that do not present other symptoms.
But what if they do contract it? If you notice your dog is coughing, then keep them away from other dogs and lead walk only avoiding coming into contact with other dogs. Take to the vets immediately so they can confirm and administer antibiotics.
How Do Dogs Get Kennel Cough? A healthy dog can get kennel cough by inhaling aerosolized bacteria or viruses from an infected dog. The bacteria and/or virus can be spread from an infected dog through coughing or sneezing, and dogs can also get it from infected objects (toys, food/water bowls).
How long is kennel cough contagious? In general, dogs who have kennel cough are no longer contagious after 10-14 days. This window can be shortened if antibiotics are used to treat the bacterial infection.
In general, the kennel cough treatment cost is related to the veterinary examination and medications prescribed. Depending on the dog's size and the medications needed, it usually ranges from $75 - $200. The cost of X-rays and lab work, if required, could be an extra $200 - $500, depending on the tests.