kennel cough – heart cough in dogs
kennel cough is a term loosely used to describe a complex of respiratory infections—both viral and bacterial—that causes inflammation of a dog’s voice box and windpipe. It’s a form of bronchitis and is similar to a chest cold in humans.
Causes of heart cough in dogs
Dogs can catch kennel cough in several ways:
Kennel cough can spread through aerosols in the air, directly from dog to dog, or through germs on contaminated objects.
Kennel cough is often spread in enclosed areas with poor air circulation, like a kennel or an animal shelter.
Kennel cough can also spread through direct contact like shared water dishes or even greeting another dog.