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Kennel cough is a highly infectious respiratory illness spread among dogs through sneezes and saliva. Typical symptoms include a persistent, hacking cough and a runny nose. Despite the name, dogs don’t have to be in a kennel to get it.

Experts say they’re more likely to be exposed through a neighborhood dog whose vaccination has lapsed. The good news is that you can protect your pet from kennel cough with an annual vaccine given by your veterinarian. So, if you think your dog has been exposed, take them to a vet as soon as possible. Also, limit their contact with other pets until symptoms go away – usually within 10 days after being treated.