Kennel cough is a common disease amongst canines which manifests itself in the classic human cold-like symptoms of sneezing and coughing. It is highly contagious, and takes its name from the environment in which it is most often spread due to the animals' close proximity to one another. It leads to the inflammation of the upper respiratory system and can be caused by both viral and bacterial infections. As well as coughing and sneezing, dogs suffering with kennel cough often experience nausea and gagging, and in some cases may run a fever. The symptoms normally last between ten and twenty days.
The disease is easily treatable, with antibiotics given to fight off any bacterial infection and cough suppressants to stop the symptoms. In order to prevent the spread of the disease most kennels now demand a certificate of vaccination before admitting a dog.