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    Quote Originally Posted by Natalie View Post
    oh that sounds just like buddy, he gets hives underneath his arms and legs.. it drives him crazy.. its not from mites or anything (the vet did scrapings to test) and basically said that he'd have to go to a skin specialist as it could be anything. I've started to give him sardines on a daily basis and i put the whole lot with the oil on his dry food, but the fish oil caplets sound like a good idea!

    ok so 1 teaspoon every 3-4 hours of the benillyn - I'll try it out and let you know how I go Thanks for the tips!

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    Hi Nat

    hows Buddy doing today?, hope he's feeling better

    If you try him on fish oil caplets, hide them in some food etc, the whole caplet, pls slowly introduce them, say 1 day for a few days the slowly increase to 2-3-4, when i started Floyd on them i made a silly mistake & gave him 3 at once, gave him a bit of diarrhea at 1st, but he's body got used to them & doesn't cause diarrhea now, thank goodness.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Anne View Post
    I think you are a little confused.

    Kennel cough is a highly contagious virus and sufferers show symptoms not dissimilar to the human cold virus.

    Even dogs with highly developed immune systems can develop kennel cough if exposed to the virus.

    There are many strains of the virus and a dog only needs to come in contact with 1 dog that has the virus in order to develop it.
    im not sure it is a virus as virus' cant be treated with antibiotics im pretty sure its caused by a bacteria (or at least in my dogs case). and i agree with you even dogs with good immune systems can develop kennel cough. the more exposure to other dogs a dog has the more germs he is likely to come in contact with. even the healthyest among us catch colds. the vet said it kennel cough develops when the animal is exposed to many different strains of bacteria (ie in a kennel situation) and one that wouldnt normaly make the dog sick might in this case as its immune system is busy with all the other bugs. so even though vaccinations may limmit the effect of some bugs im not sure in the case of kennel cough that it would be a preventative. ( i know its highly contagious too, its hard to keep a dog away from other dogs when all they want to do is play =)

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    Parainfluenza virus is the most common viral component in KC. There can be a secondary condition added to this, the bacteria part, usually bordetella bronchiseptica and this why some dogs are prescribed antibiotics.

    However, a dog with KC can just have parainfluenza and not bordetella.

    Parainfluenza, as the name suggests, is a virus and it is highly contagious. It has no relevance to the number of dogs that may be carrying 'bacteria'.
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    Anne

    I'm curious about something & i know you will more than likely have the answer

    Days leading up to Floyd getting KC, he wasn't in any type of boarding kennels etc or even playing directly with other doggies yeah, we did pass by other dogs on our usual walkies etc, but not close enough for Floyd to breath in other dog germs directly.

    So how is it possible for Floyd get KC ?? ... is it air born like human virus etc or could he have got it by sniffing other dog poop's, as like most dogs Floyd does like to sniff other doggy poops , thank goodness he doesn't eat it tho

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    Quote Originally Posted by laura77 View Post
    so even though vaccinations may limmit the effect of some bugs im not sure in the case of kennel cough that it would be a preventative. ( i know its highly contagious too, its hard to keep a dog away from other dogs when all they want to do is play =)


    Have you ever seen a dog with KC that has not been vaccinated against...well believe me it aint very bloody nice at all, the poor dog suffers such unnecessarily coughing, illness & in some cases even death with out medical aide or intervention...

    KC VACCINATIONS do help to minimize the effects of KC & i sure found out with Floyd, if i was an irresponsible pet owner & not had him vaccinated, i so would hate to see the effects of full blown KC would have had on him & i sure as hell am very grateful that Floyd only got mild case of KC.

    KC is not a virus that's to be taken lightly.

    It makes me bloody angry when ppl refuse immunize their pets, the risk to the pets of catching nasty virus's is high, not to mention that these ppl & their un immunized dogs are putting my dog at risk also

    Irresponsible pet owners who refuse to not immunize their pets are no better than parents who refuse to not immunize their human kids against disease's

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    Aussie Floyd, hope the following helps to answer some of your questions..

    Canine Cough is the equivalent of influenza in humans.

    Canine Cough is one of the most common infectious diseases of dogs. It is a highly contagious respiratory disease that can occur in massive outbreaks and is sometimes still referred to as Kennel Cough. However dogs can become infected with Canine Cough anywhere that dogs gather such as at parks, obedience classes, dog shows and at kennels.

    Canine Cough can be caused by a number of different viruses and bacteria but the two most common infectious agents are Bordetella and Bronchiseptica and Canine Parainfluenza virus. Some dogs can carry the infection for months without showing any signs of disease. These dogs act as a source of infection for other dogs.

    Canine cough is caused by airborne organisms that infect the upper respiratory tract and trachea of the dog. There are a number of infectious agents that have been implicated as causal factors in cases of kennel cough. It is often difficult to determine which organism actually resulted in a particular case of kennel cough.

    Infective material is spread through direct contact with sick dogs, inhalation of aerosolized respiratory secretions, or indirectly via people and inanimate objects.

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    Aww big thank you DS for the very informative post, its answered my ??? about KC

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    Hey Nat, hope Buddy's feeling better soon.
    Both of my girls had it after I got Lola. Horrible! So sad to hear them cough and suffer.... Both girls were on antibiotics and took 2 weeks to clear.
    Oh! I also gave them honey. They loved it too

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    Buddy is doing MUCH better today! Thanks to the benedryl and honey (only gave him a few teaspoons the last two days). He isn't rattling in his chest when he lies down anymore. He's still not 100% as he has a bit of weepy eye, but am glad that he can breathe better now. Although this dust storm this morning won't help him breathe much!!! (I can barely breathe myself!) anyone else in sydney suffering with the dust?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Natalie View Post
    Buddy is doing MUCH better today! Thanks to the benedryl and honey (only gave him a few teaspoons the last two days). He isn't rattling in his chest when he lies down anymore. He's still not 100% as he has a bit of weepy eye, but am glad that he can breathe better now. Although this dust storm this morning won't help him breathe much!!! (I can barely breathe myself!) anyone else in sydney suffering with the dust?

    Hi Nat..

    aww thats wonderful news, go glad that Buddy is feeling & doing much better

    OMG the dust storm id bad this time around, we have got red dust every where & our once nice clear sparkling pool is now a browny red color

    Poor Floyd freaked out dis morn when i let him out for pees at 6am, he took one look out the glass door & ran fast as back to he's bed, he was shitting bricks, shaking growling, whimpering, think the red sky etc scared the hell him, he's settled down now thank goodness, but he now has a little dry cough & sneezing whenever i let him out for pees etc.

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