Kennel cough (infectious tracheobronchitis) is a highly contagious inflammation of the trachea (windpipe) and bronchial tree caused by a contagious virus (adenovirus, parainfluenza virus, canine distemper virus) or bacterium (Bordetella bronchiseptica). The infectious agents can be transmitted through the air or by contact with contaminated surfaces. Puppies and young dogs are at greatest risk, especially those housed in high-density situations or boarding kennels.

The incubation period from the time the dog first contracts the infection to the time that symptoms develop is typically between 3 to 10 days, and the symptoms can last for days to weeks. Many dogs will have a mild to moderate cough without other signs, which is usually self-limiting. In some cases, the cough lingers and the dog may develop pneumonia or chronic bronchitis.

Diagnosis and Treatment Notes:

  • Diagnosis is often made based on clinical signs and excluding other diseases. Upon examination, the windpipe is often sensitive to palpation and may elicit a cough.  Chest x-rays are usually normal.
  • Treatment depends on the severity of the disease, your individual pet, and your veterinarian. For mild cases, the dog usually recovers with no treatment. For others, cough suppressants and sometimes antibiotics are prescribed to prevent secondary infections.  Discuss treatment details when your pet is diagnosed with this condition.


What to Watch for*:

  • Excessive dry cough
  • Nasal discharge
  • Breathing difficulty
  • If your pet does not eat
  • If you pet is vomiting or acts lethargic


*Please notify us if you notice any of the above signs or if you have any questions!

Dear Valued Clients

During these challenging times, there have been some unforeseen changes at The Big Easy Animal Hospital. I cannot express enough my sincere apology for any inconvenience you have experienced at The Big Easy during these times. As we strive to make the practice safe to protect everyone including you, your family, and our Big Easy team and their families, I’ve decided to make certain changes while we are under this pandemic. These changes will be temporary.


Monday, Tuesday, Thursday & Friday:
Walk Ins: Check-in starts at 9:45am.There are a limited amount of patients we can accept. Our receptionists will be happy to assist you with options to help guide you and your pet(s).)


Saturday Hours

Saturdays will be TECHNICIAN APPOINTMENTS only. These will include boosters, bloodwork, nail trims, certain diagnostics, etc. There will not be a veterinarian on site. While I understand these changes can be inconvenient, I have listed local veterinary clinics that we have contacted and are open to see walk-ins throughout the week and Saturdays as well. For life threatening emergencies that occur outside business hours, please contact the following 24-hour animal hospitals below.

Please, be safe and healthy.

Thank you all for your understanding. -Aileen Ruiz, DVM


24 Hour Emergency Care:


Pittsburgh Veterinary Specialty and Emergency Center

807 Camp Horne Road
Pittsburgh, PA



4224 Northern Pike
Monroeville, PA

VCA Castle Shannon Animal Hospital

3610 Library Road
Pittsburgh, PA

Veterinarians Accepting Walk in Care:

Penn Animal Hospital

2205 Penn Avenue

North Boros Veterinary Hospital

2255 Babcock Blvd



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