Kennel Cough (aka Canine infectious tracheobronchitis & Canine Cough)
Your veterinarian can typically diagnose kennel cough from a physical exam and history. The cough is very characteristic and can be easily elicited by massaging the dog’s larynx or trachea But if the dog is depressed; feverish; expelling a thick yellow or green discharge from its nose; or making abnormal lung sounds, your veterinarian may want to perform diagnostic tests such as a complete blood count (CBC) chest x-ray, and laboratory analysis of the microorganisms inhabiting your dog’s airways. These tests can help determine whether the dog has developed pneumonia or another infectious illness such as canine distemper.
This information is not intended to replace the advice of your veterinarian. It is only a source of information to provide you with more knowledge about this topic. If you suspect your dog may be infected, call your veterinarian.