The cough is a contagious canine disease similar to the common cold in humans. The disease is also known as the kennel cough.
It is specific to dogs and cannot spread to humans. It spreads through dog to dog contact such as coughing, sniffing, sneezing, and sharing of food and water bowls. The New Zealand Veterinary Association (NZVA) warns dog owners to take caution as the canine cough spreads across New Zealand.
According to the NZVA, symptoms may take between three and 10 days to show from the onset of exposure.
These symptoms include:
- A long high-pitched cough (sounds like a goose honk)
- Hacking – making a sound like it’s chocking on something
- Retching – making a sound like it wants to vomit
- Lack of energy
- Nasal discharge
- Loss of appetite
Dog-parents should isolate any dog suspected to have come in contact with an infected one or showing signs of infection and immediately call a vet.