Kennel cough is caused by a virus. The disease is probably spread through the air. Visiting a cat or dog exhibition often leads to infection with the disease. Animals with kennel cough are generally active and happy and have a good appetite. They have a dry (“barking”) cough or deep, intense coughing fits, where no mucus is coughed up. Most animals with kennel cough do not have a fever. Mild forms of kennel cough get better without treatment. When your pet has no fever and the kennel cough gets worse, it is advisable to administer the Chinese herbal formula Respire.
The animal needs to rest and be kept in a warm environment. If possible, is is desirable to isolate the animal from other pets, to avoid infection.