Does my Jack Russell have kennel cough?
Kennel cough is very serious
Kennel cough, also known as canine infectious tracheobronchitis, is no laughing matter. It's characterised by a very hoarse cough, sounding almost like a "honk" noise in Jack Russells.
It starts off with the dog struggling to clear their throat, and progresses into the rough cough that we associate with kennel cough.
Most cases aren't too serious, and the illness usually passes after 1-2 weeks, but it has been known to develop into more life-threatening complications.
Since kennel cough is bacterial, your vet will give your Jack Russell antibiotics, and there exists a vaccine that he should also give your dog.
Due to the infectious nature of the disease, we recommend getting your Jack Russell vaccinated as early as possible as a preventative measure.
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