Dr. James - Veterinary Professional

How serious is it and should I worry?

Most dogs recover uneventfully from kennel cough. However, there is always the chance that the disease could progress to a more serious case of kennel cough, or worse, pneumonia. That’s why it’s so important to get your dog checked out as soon as possible of you think he or she may have kennel cough. Plus, if your dog is coughing, you want to be sure that it’s not due to something more life-threatening like heartworm disease, cancer, or congestive heart failure.

If your dog does have kennel cough, early diagnosis is key not only in the treatment of your dog, but also in preventing the disease from spreading to other dogs, whether they are your own or belong to other pet owners. Early intervention is the only way to prevent an outbreak once an infection occurs.

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The normal temperature range for canines is between 100.5 and 102.5 Fahrenheit.

While a temperature above 100 degrees Fahrenheit isn’t a good sign for a person, it’s perfectly normal for a pooch. The normal temperature range for canines is between 100.5 and 102.5 Fahrenheit.