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    Default My Little Cooper Monster Has Kennel Cough

    So long time stalker - first time poster!

    late last night my beautiful dog started coughing - a heaving dry horrible cough which ends in a little retch. After panicking initially that he was choking - he calmed down and we fed him a small meal, which he ate and didn't throw up. He coughed through the night though - we were up at all hours, nearly took him to the vet emergency room but somehow got through the night.

    Rang the vet first thing this morning and took him in (through a side entrance straight into a consult room) - and he has been diagnosed with kennel cough! Poor dog, he has a temperature but seems fine (no lethargy or anything else apart from the cough)

    Vet has put him on antibiotics as a precaution. He is vaccinated so that should help him fight it.

    So no comes the tough part - no going outside for two weeks!!!!!!! How on earth are we going to manage that!! There is zero chance of me breaking the quarantine, the thought of another dog getting this awful cough is too much. We have a small backyard but the neighbours have an old dog and they go nose to nose through the fence so don't want him to get it as well ( even though it may already be too late for that)

    Anyone got any suggestions for keeping him entertained? Also, he goes every night to an off lead park, should I go down (obviously without Cooper) and warn the other dog owners? Let them know?

    I'm being super cautious, changing shoes when I go outside etc. Any other precautions I should take? My heart is just breaking for him! And it's only day one!!!!!!!! I'm lucky that it is uni holidays so I can be home with him as much as possible, but he's a 12month old Kelpie cross with lots of energy. He normally gets walks + two hours offleash time everyday! The cough/temperature has made no change to his energy levels!

    Normally when I go out - he gets put in the garden. So now we can't do that, and combined with no walks my house is going to get trashed! I'm thinking about confining him to our bathroom when I'm not here - turning it into a big comfy dog pen for him. Do you think that's ok? We'd only be talking a couple of hours at an absolute MAX. We've got an endless supply of kongs and chew toys but he's never been crate trained so It might be distressing for him.

    Argh my poor little Coopster - it's going to be a tough couple of weeks.

    If you've made it this far thanks for reading! Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

    Luci (& Cooper)

    P.S Anyone know if a cat can get kennel cough from a dog? Vet said no - but internet gives conflicting advise.
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    DON'T PANIC! :P

    I gave mine warm dinners and tablespoons of honey, and they made it through

    Yep, bathroom sounds like a great idea if you have to contain him during the day. I'd just make sure there's a big blanket for him - imagine if you had a temperature, and then had to lie on cold tiles

    As for going outside, won't you have to take him out for toilet breaks, anyway? If so, let him have a bit of a run around when he's out there so he doesn't go crazy, and do plenty of calm, house training and down-stays training since he's inside, anyway Maybe think of some tricks to teach him in the meantime, shake hands etc, so, at least, he's getting mental stimulation.

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    Thank you!

    Lol..... yes I was freaking out when I wrote that! I've calmed down (somewhat!) now.

    I've put his bed in the bathroom (raised off the floor) and lots of blankets and toys. I'm going to spend some time sitting in there with him for the first couple of days to get him used to it. Luckily I've got lots of stuff to do at home this week so he wont have to be in there for long.

    This is our first doggy sickness experience and it's so bloody stressful!

    And yep, lots of training for him coming up! In terms of letting him have a run in the garden - not sure if this is ok or not with the old dog next door? This dog isn't vaccinated and the owner is difficult (but thats a whole another thread on it's own! Don't want the dog to suffer cause the owner is an idiot)

    We were thinking he'd have to go into the garden on his lead when he needs to go to the loo (so we can keep him away from the adjoining fence).

    We'll muddle on through it - one day at a time! And he'll have the best damm pawshake/lie down/ etc in all of Sydney at the end of this!

    Thanks again for your calming words.

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    I wouldn't be containing him to the bathroom. Let him go outside, just don;t take him to public places or allow other dogs on to your property.

    Let the neighbours know that he has kennel cough though.

    As a rescuer, I have had my fair share of dogs with kc. My own dogs mixed with them at all times. One of my dogs contracted kc twice, both very lightly and both years apart and the other only once and again only a very light case.
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    If your neighbours are idiots, I'd just leave them a note saying that kennel cough is going through the local park and you'll do your best to keep your dog quarantined in the next couple of weeks. There is no obligation on you to keep their dog healthy--that's their job. But, being courteous is always a good idea.'

    You'll get through it

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    Thanks everyone - All advice is really helping! I was just in a wild panic having read loads of horror stories. Perhaps i am being a bit over cautious with the neighbours dog - I'll see how we get on with keeping him in the bathroom over the next couple of days, the reality is they've had plenty of contact everyday leading up to now so the damage would most likely already have been done. If Cooper is getting too stressed than we can look at changing the routine.

    I'll let the idiot neighbour know - not that I think he'll really care!

    Thanks again guys.

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    Cooper will in al liklihood be fine. He will cough for around 3 - 5 days heavily and frequently and then it will lessen. The gagging will also lessen as the harsh coughing does.

    Most dogs sound like little old men with the cough.

    KC is not an overly serious virus, so don't stress too much. There isn;t anything you can do but administer cough medicine and let him rest. Much the same as you or I with a cough. Even the antibiotics are a waste of time unless he has a bacterial infection with it.
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