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Kennel Cough Awareness

We are seeing an increased number of kennel cough cases around Gallatin Valley. “Kennel Cough” is a highly contagious respiratory infection that can be contracted through the air or nose-to-nose contact with another infected dog. Although dogs cannot get it from the air, the viruses or bacteria can stick on surfaces like fences, water bowls, fire hydrants, and other communal areas. Summer is a prime time for an outbreak as many of us are more social and active.

Symptoms to look for:

  • Coughing (The cough can sound dry or productive, sometimes hacking to the point of retching.)
  • Nasal discharge
  • Lethargy


Symptoms can begin 2-14 days after exposure and last 1-2 weeks. An infected dog may shed the infection for up to a month after being treated.

Common places dogs can contract kennel cough:

  • Kennel/boarding facility
  • Dog park
  • Grooming facility


If you notice your dog is showing symptoms of kennel cough, contact your veterinarian. Do not let your dog participate in socialization or have access to other dogs until recovered. The Bordatella vaccination can help to minimize infection, however there is no way to completely prevent the chance that your dog will contract kennel cough. Kennel Cough can be caused by 10 different viruses or bacteria and only 4 viruses can be vaccinated against. Therefore, a fully vaccinated dog can still contract it. The best form of prevention is to vaccinate directly prior to potential kennel cough environments.

If you have any questions or concerns about kennel cough and your dog, do not hesitate to call the office at 406-586-4919.


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