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    I don't know why bother telephoning around to ask if they have a dog to your own specifications... Shelters are not shoe shops. When I wanted a dog, and I specifically wanted a dog from a shelter (in this case the RSPCA), I went to have a look WITHOUT my other dog. There wasn't any for a few weeks, but I kept going back each week until I found what I wanted. BTW I read somewhere that Kennel cough is brought on by surgery. I think something to do with the anaesthetic and apparently it never goes away.

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    Kennel cough is a variant on the whooping cough virus. That is why dogs with KC should be kept away from young children - or so I am told.

    The only correlation between the condition and surgery would be that the immune system is potentially compromised during surgery and thus dogs can pick up infections more easily - same as people in hospitals.

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    Oh Occy thanks for the info. There is a dog at the park who has Kennel Cough and his owner says that the Vet said it will never go away. That dog is around when kids are there too!

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    You forget Occy that puggerup has a brachy breed. Brachy breeds are particularly suseptable to respiratory illnesses, including kc, and it can be lethal to them.

    As advised earlier to puggerup on another forum, I would never take my dogs to ANY shelter. Viruses and communicable diseases run rampant at even the best shelters.

    As for the subject of the RSPCA, I agree that in some areas they can be a big dissappointment. I think the biggest danger is the fact that they are answerable to no-one. That is frightening.

    However, they also do a HUGE amount of good for a lot of abused animals and have for a long, long time.

    Mimi - kennel cough is like the human cold virus and once a dog recovers from it, it may never get it again. (edited - this seems as if I am saying that they won;t get it again... I meant to say that they may or they may not get it again. One of my Pugs, Boofy, has had kc twice now).
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    I dont remember Clifford.......
    Also about 4 years ago wanted to get my bro a cat but the one I liked was not for taking home today a s she was sick she was in a pen with the other cats I was allowed to play with her and pay for her but not take her home (come back tommorow) got the call the next am they put her down!!!??? but I could come in and see their new kittens after 10 as they would be in recovery by then ....long story short took one of them a few hours after getting the snip dont know if dog recovery is longer but thought i would share.

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    I've had whooping cough 3 times in my life - sometimes it can come back!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by puggerup View Post
    Oh no no.. two different dogs. The poodle was the dog the guy on the phone told us to introduce to Dolly. Her eyes were fine.. she was very very active and had only been in for 2 days but they claimed to have given her an assessment

    The other dog.. the 7 year old one.. she had been there for 2 weeks, she had eye surgery and KC really badly.

    Dolly hasn't shown any signs as yet *fingers crossed* I really worry about how it would affect his breathing being that he's on the heavy side and snorts and snuffles without being sick. I'd say a pug with KC would have more serious risks with it, than other breeds.
    Puggerup, Kennel Cough is seldom really serious in a pet dog, even Pugs. Stress seems to play a big part in the severity of the condition IMO.

    The only Pug I ever had who had a severe case of kennel cough was one I was looking after for some one else. I took Pagan to a show and 7 days later he came down with KC. The symptoms were so like Distemper I honestly thought this was what it was. He was a sick little dog but at no stage was it life threatening. My own four Pugs and Deerhound also caught KC from Pagan but their symptoms were so mild none of them even needed antibiotics.

    The four adult Pugs my friend and I rescued from a puppy farm also had Kennel Cough, plus a lot of other things, when we took them home. All were in a very neglected state but a course of antibiotics soon fixed the KC. Their psychological problems took a lot longer to deal with.

    Pugs are tough little buggers. If Dolly does start to show symptoms whip him off to the Vet as soon as possible and you shouldn't have any problems.

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    I personally don't have a problem with the RSPCA, the ones where I live are great, I have never had a problem with them.

    Looks like you can't trust them all though.
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    I went to RSPCA Lonsdale and to Animal Welfare League Wingfield (Adelaide). Both are a long way from home. RSPCA - generally I found the adoption kennel areas were abandoned by staff but this might have been because I showed up at times that were a bit late in visiting hours. I went to AWL specifically to look at a red heeler that was advertised on their website as a bitch 6 months old and I phoned first to check she was still there. When I got to AWL - the bitch turned out to be a male and already adopted - about 30 mins before I got there. Bad. But the good was - there were some blue heeler x puppies that were never on the website and I picked one of those. There were lots of staff at AWL, and though they were busy they were friendly and helpful. And I am delighted with the puppy I took home.

    Both places said Kennel cough was impossible to eradicate completely and the puppy came with a 2 week free vet treatment guarantee from AWL, so if she got it, I could get her treated for free. She didn't though. Which is good because Wingfield is SO FAR AWAY from home.

    I've heard good and bad stories about both places, and I think how useful the staff are depends on who is there on the day. A lot of the paid staff are paid bugger all, and a lot of the volunteers just don't know anything, and I suspect the burnout / turn over rate can be high. Staffers who think any placement is a good placement are not helping their organisation or the animals. It's like house shopping, only pick the one that suits you and don't let anyone talk you into one that you don't feel good about.

    Stuff about the animal temperment testing was on the computer and not available at the kennels, so you'd have to go back into the office to find out. Both places put dogs up that are temperment tested but might be deemed only suitable for families with no other dogs or cats and older/no children and this isn't usually written on the label on the pen.

    There was an abc series about a consultant who reviewed work practices and staff morale. There were a few epsides that featured the RSPCA that were extremely frustrating to watch, and I felt sorry for the front line staff and the consultant. The bosses were clearly not keen on change and having hired the consultant, refused to address any of the recommendations.

    I found this article about how to pick a shelter dog, after I found my puppy but by instinct? - I had followed most of the suggestions
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