Who’s At Risk?
Dogs who spend a lot of time around other dogs, particularly indoors, are at highest risk for kennel cough. Immunocompromised individuals, like puppies, older dogs and pregnant females, and those with underlying respiratory diseases tend to have especially severe symptoms associated with kennel cough.
Preventative vaccinations are available against some (e.g., Bordetella bronchiseptica, parainfluenza, canine adenovirus 2) but not all of the causes of kennel cough. At risk dogs should be vaccinated every 6-12 months, depending on their particular situation.
Dogs with kennel cough need to be isolated from other dogs until they are unlikely to spread the disease. Since we usually don’t know what organism is involved, veterinarians typically recommend a two week quarantine, although longer times may be necessary in some cases.
For more information, see Kennel Cough in Dogs.