What Are The Symptoms Of Kennel Cough?

James Glover
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QuestionMy dog has been diagnosed with kennel cough which is being treated with antibiotics, however his mucous contains blood. Is this normal with kennel cough? (Angela Charlton - United Kingdom)


As I am sure you are aware, if your dog has had kennel cough (infectious tracheobronchitis) for a few days he will be coughing a lot . This could result in small amounts of blood in the mucus that he coughs up as a result of the constant irritation and the bursting of tiny blood vessels in the membranes.

However, if you believe the amount of blood to be significant, or if there are any other symptoms such as fever of lack of appetite you need to take him to the vet either for a cough suppressant to relieve the symptoms or for a check up to ensure that further complications such a pneumonia have not developed.

Disclaimer: This service is meant to provide advice only and is not meant to replace an appointment with a registered veterinarian. Users should always seek a second opinion. Unfortunately we are only able to answer several questions per week so not everyone gets a published answer. And, unfortunately we can't answer by email.
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