Please talk to me about Kennel Cough

(11 Posts)
JammyDodger1 Thu 17-Jul-14 19:18:01

So, I have a 10 month old puppy, eat everything and anything except her food, caught her wit a plastic watering can, wed tea time,

took it off her,

but during the night was wretching, assumed she had a piece of plastic stuck, couldn't find anything either visually or manually,

anyway, long story short, took her to the vets last night (rang first and explained symptoms) and it turns out she has kennel cough, quite a severe case,

I have tablets, to prevent any further infections, as it is a virus they actually won't touch the kennel cough itself, but will stop any other complications,

do I contact other dog owner who she has been in contact with to warn them to watch out for early signs? It would be difficult but, I could contact them in a few hours, as it Thursday now, and coming up to the weekend?

and when I have checked her vaccinations, everything is ticked but one, its all in "medical talk" so not actual names, such as leptodpirosis, but when I google, Bordetella that is "kennel cough" should I get her vaccinated now?

sorry its long.

Ephedra Thu 17-Jul-14 20:04:58

My dog has had kennel cough twice. It's quite a common thing for dogs to get and is like a cold in that the vaccine will only deal with some strains of it not every strain. I do not vaccinate my dog for kennel cough but you can if you like.

The only treatment my dog has ever had is cough medicine (which he loves). It's up to you whether you contact other dog owners to tell them but they may already have kc as it is very contagious. You should keep your dog away from others for a while.

Floralnomad Thu 17-Jul-14 21:04:58

I wouldn't bother contacting people ,just keep your dog away from others now . My dog gets KC despite being vaccinated ( we got him with the Battersea strain) the one thing that seems to help is baby Tixylix ,he loves it .

oohdaddypig Thu 17-Jul-14 21:12:24

Mine got kennel cough despite having been vaccinated.

It was mild illness! Just cuddles from me.

I haven't bothered with the kennel vaccination since. 6 years on, he hasn't had it again.

JammyDodger1 Fri 18-Jul-14 19:38:06

Thank you everyone, she is bad during night but I take it that is like humans, vet told me to give her cough medicine and she seems to like it too!

she seems much better today, hardly coughing at all,

so hopefully the road to recovery smile

Floralnomad Fri 18-Jul-14 19:41:59

It's worth keeping them vaccinated even if they get KC because I think it may help to reduce the severity of an attack . Certainly with my dog his first bout ,prior to vaccination ,was his worst .

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

MyFairyKing Fri 18-Jul-14 21:52:22

Mine had kennel cough as a pup. He caught it off another dog from puppy training school. It was really sad to see him so miserable but he recovered without complications.

I did have him vaccinated but when I changed vets, they discussed it with me and I decided not to continue to yearly vaccinations.

JammyDodger1 Tue 22-Jul-14 18:09:49

sorry been off for a few days,(off line that is now away), how long does it last?

she is still coughing but not retching, but the vet told me she had to be kept away from other dogs for a week after the last time she coughed,

we are light walking her, with a lupi harness, as I think the lead on the collar would hurt her, and taking her our early morning or late evening with the heat and normally no-one else out at those times.

BaldricksWife Tue 05-Aug-14 13:49:49

My two contracted KC even though they had no contact with other dogs for a couple of weeks beforehand- probably caught it from the fox that comes into the garden. Vacc dog only had it very mildly and non vacc dog needed 'pills'- it seems much more common now than before.

WienerDiva Tue 05-Aug-14 18:56:58

The incubation period for kennel cough is 2 weeks.
I always gave my pooch the vacc because it doesn't prevent it entirely but it does lessen the intensity of the symptoms.

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