Does my dog have kennel cough without phlegm?

my 1 year old border collie had kennel cough about 6 weeks ago at the time there were lots of phlegm. i have noticed she has started coughing again this time with no phlegm. could this be a different strain of kennel cough?

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    By: Kara McCarty El Segundo, CA

    Replied on 04/19/2011

    If she has been exposed to another strain of kennel cough it is certainly possible to get another infection. Sometimes a previous infection or a vaccine will give her some immunity, even if the strain is different, and she will have a milder case. A second possibility is that her previous infection didn't clear and her upper respiratory infection has turned into pneumonia. How is she feeling? If she is eating, drinking and acting normally with no loss of exercise tolerance, just an occasional cough, you can give her a week or so to see how she does. If she's lethargic, has a fever, and isn't eating, drinking or playing then it's time to get her rechecked. Kara, DVM

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