Bordetella (Kennel Cough) in dogs is similar to the common cold in humans. Although this disease is rarely fatal, it can lead to other diseases such as pneumonia which can shorten your dog's life. Kennel cough occurs more commonly in puppies and young adult dogs, and in dogs that have recently been in shelters or exposed to many other dogs. Since kennel cough is caused by an airborne virus, normal cleaning and surface disinfecting cannot eliminate the cause. Kennel Cough can occur with Distemper, Adenovirus Type Two, Parainfluenza and other respiratory infections.. Antibiotics can prevent or cure a secondary infection. Cough suppressants can be used to control the cough. To help prevent pneumonia or other diseases, dogs with Kennel Cough should be kept in a warn environment. Keep infected dogs away from other dogs to prevent further transmission of any disease. Like the common cold, Kennel Cough cannot be cured but it has to run its course.