Thinking Of Kenneling Your Pet?

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May 08, 2023

Thinking of Kenneling Your Pet? Know the Symptoms of Canine Kennel Cough!

Many pet owners only associate it with newly adopted pets, but kennel cough is very contagious.  It can be spread to any pet kept in close proximity to another.

With colder weather and the holidays impending, plans of traveling to warmer climates for a vacation or traveling to meet with family are dancing at the edges of everyone’s thoughts.  But, what do you do with your furry friend if your destination isn’t pet friendly?  For many the best answer is a doggy daycare or kennel of some sort where all of their loved one’s needs are met while they socialize.  Oftentimes, something that is not considered when kenneling is the possibility of kennel cough.

What is Kennel Cough?

Canine kennel cough is similar to bronchitis in humans.  It is bred from an infection that can be viral or bacterial.  Many pet owners only associate it with newly adopted pets, but kennel cough is very contagious.  It can be spread to any pet kept in close proximity to another.

Kennel cough typically worsens when the pet exerts themselves, pulls on their collar, or gets excited.  The cough may sound like the pet is choking.  It may be accompanied by white phlegm.  Most dogs are still active with a normal appetite with kennel cough, and they may develop a fever or have a runny nose.  Treatment usually includes a round of antimicrobials and may be supplemented with a cough suppressant to keep your furry friend more comfortable.  With treatment, kennel cough should clear up after a few weeks.

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You can’t protect your pet from every illness out there.  However, you can learn the symptoms of common illnesses to proactively care for your pet. Looking for more ways to keep your pets happy and healthy? Consider investing in a pet insurance policy with MetLife Pet Insurance.1  Get your free quote today.


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Nothing in this article should be construed as financial, legal or veterinary advice. Please consult your own advisors for questions relating to your and your pet’s specific circumstances. 

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