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Kennel cough is a very common, highly contagious, upper respiratory infection in dogs. Typical symptoms include a persistent harsh honking cough, nasal discharge, and reduced energy. There are many pathogens, both viral and bacterial, that can cause kennel cough. Routine vaccines will target most of these pathogens, however, a vaccinated dog can still become infected and transmit it. However, their symptoms are usually reduced, and they often recover quicker if they are vaccinated.
Kennel cough is highly infectious and is easily transmitted between dogs, however, people cannot get it. If your dog comes back from the kennel with a cough, or you notice they start coughing whilst on holiday, keep them separate from other dogs and contact your nearest clinic as they may require treatment.