Dr. James - Veterinary Professional

What are the symptoms of kennel cough?

Kennel cough is characterized by a dry, hacking cough often followed by gagging or coughing up mucus. Many people describe it as a hoarse sound or a loud “honking,” which occurs because of laryngitis, or swollen vocal cords. Usually the coughing comes on in a sudden (acute) attack. Coughing can be induced when the dog becomes excited, exercises, or in response to changes in temperature or humidity. Nasal discharge is also a common finding in dogs with kennel cough. Usually dogs with mild cases of kennel cough are still active and maintain a good appetite, and usually don’t have a fever. However in very severe cases, the symptoms may progress to include inappetance, vomiting, diarrhea, fever, lethargy, a moist productive cough, discharge from the eyes and nose, and exercise intolerance, and can even develop into pneumonia.

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the tail between the legs action is the dogs equivalent of insecure humans hiding their faces

A frightened dog puts his tail between his legs because it cuts off the scent glands in its anal region, a very vulnerable part of the anatomy. Since the anal glands carry personal scents that identify the individual dogs, the tail between the legs action is the dogs equivalent of insecure humans hiding their faces.