Canine cough is a disease carried by domestic dogs, and is very contagious. Symptoms occur in the dog's respiratory tract, and can involve a hacking cough. The disease is primary caused by a bacterium known as Bordetella bronchiasptica, but also can be caused by the parainfluenza and canine adenovirus type 2 viruses.
All dogs are at risk of canine cough contamination, regardless of age or breed.
The common clinical signs of the canine cough are coughing, sneezing and retching, and nasal discharge. The cough can be persistent, and in some cases fever, decreased in appetite and signs of depression might occur. It can last several days to weeks, depending on the case.
This type of cough can be spread just like the humans common cold. It can be caught by direct contact (licking, nuzzling), or via contaminated surfaces (like clothing or other surfaces).
Your dogs might be at risk by simply being close to an infected dog in places like kennels, dog parks or dog daycare.
If you notice any sign of the canine cough in your dog, take him to a vet. The cough can be treated with antibiotics, cough suppressants, and anti inflammatory drugs.
Also, It can be prevented with vaccines. Ask your veterinarian if vaccination against canine cough and canine influenza is a good option for your dog.