Can my dog get kennel cough from my clothes? A Step-by-Step Guide

How does a dog contract Kennel Cough?

Any one of these common situations can put your dog at increased risk for Kennel Cough:

  • Dog park visits
  • Vet visits
  • Grooming
  • Day Care
  • Boarding
  • Multi-dog households
  • Training Classes
  • Daily walks or contact with other dogs
  • Chronic heart or lung disease
  • Compromised Immune System
  • Commercial transport
  • Recent adoption from shelter, rescue
  • Pet store visits
  • Kennel Cough is caused by the bacteria Bordetella bronchiseptica.

    Yes, all dogs are at risk for Kennel Cough. Here’s why: Kennel Cough is easily transmitted when dogs cough or come in contact with each other or with contaminated surfaces. Even brief contact with an infected surface such as a bush or sidewalk is enough to transmit kennel cough.

    Kennel Cough can survive outside for a limited time (about half an hour), but is highly contagious until that point. You can also transmit kennel cough from an infected dog on your hands, shoes, and clothing.

    Puppies are at greater risk for Kennel Cough if they have not been vaccinated yet or have not been previously exposed to Kennel Cough. Even vaccinated dogs may still contract Kennel Cough, as no vaccine exists to cover every strain, which does mutate rapidly.

    Veterinarians usually rely on visible signs of disease, specifically the characteristic hacking or gagging cough. In addition, veterinarians may conduct laboratory tests, including bacterial culture, to aid in the diagnosis. A positive response to antibiotics is also an indication of Bordetella infection

    This varies based on your dog, their symptoms, underlying health, and your veterinarian’s preferred method of treatment. Your veterinarian may prescribe antibiotic therapy or a supportive therapy such as humidifier treatments and rest. If your dog needs help resting, cough suppressants may also be recommended, but you do want to make sure your dog is able to have a “productive” cough to help break up any fluids in the lungs. Your veterinarian is the best source for treatment options for Kennel Cough.

    How long can kennel cough stay on clothes?

    Bordetella bacteria can survive on surfaces for up to two full days, so it’s easily spread between dogs via contaminated objects.

    Is there a cure for kennel cough in dogs?

    Most cases of kennel cough resolve on their own within 10 to 20 days. There is no single cure for kennel cough, as it is typically caused by a combination of viral and bacterial agents, but some medications may be prescribed, depending on the case, to keep your dog comfortable and reduce inflammation in the airways.

    Kennel Cough In Dogs