Kingstonist’s Wizard of Paws: Kennel cough

Photo by Ryan Stone.


Following a number of social media posts discussing how kennel cough is being spread throughout the area, Dr. Ryan Llera took some time away from his newborn daughter to explain what he knows of the situation, and offer some of his insights. Below what he had to say:

I’ve personally seen an increase in cases in the month of June.  In all of them, none of the dogs were vaccinated. I have not heard of a larger widespread problem thus far.

What is kennel cough?

Kennel cough (or Bordetellosis) is a transmissible infectious disease amongst dogs. In many cases, it is self-limiting and will resolve on its own, however, antibiotics may be needed in some cases.

What are the symptoms?

The classic sign is a dry cough that is often described as a honking goose. Dogs can be infectious for a few days without their owners being aware. If coughing like this is noted, it’s best to avoid too many dog-public places.


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Dr. Ryan Llera is a small animal veterinarian at the Kingston Veterinary Clinic. Though originally from Florida, he married a Canadian (who is also a vet!) and they share their home with two cats, two dogs, two horses, and a rabbit. Dr. Llera also contributes writing to various other animal and veterinary related blogs. You can find more of his writing at, or see what else he is up to on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter.

Disclaimer: All columns are personally written and my opinion, and may not necessarily reflect those of current or former employers.

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