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    Default How Long Does It Take to Get Over Kennel Cough

    Some of you may have read my previous post about keeping my Newfie occupied while he is quaranted to our house & garden as he has Kennel Cough.

    I've had some great suggestions and we have been playing with George, doing lots of training and been giving him lots of bones, anything to try and keep a 60 kilo dog who is used to getting 2 walks a day occupied in a tiny city backyard.

    It is now day 10 since official vet diagnosis and approx day 15 since the symptoms started. I have been told not to take him out until his symptoms have stopped. He still has the occassional snort/splutter (probably once or twice a day). He no longer has the full blown cough.

    He had been vaccinated and the vet said he had a reasonably mild case of Kennel Cough- it wasn't in his lungs and as he is a young healthy dog it was best to wait it out.

    George hasn't been for a walk for 2 weeks now and is obviously desperate to go. He was even destructive today which is completely out of his nature- I came home to find that he had chewed (only the tiniest bit) his plastic food bowl and he had obviously utilised all his forgotten toys as he had moved them all from around the yard to his bed.

    My question is in how long should I expect all symptoms to disappear?

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    All of the dogs I have had with KC have been over the worst of it within 14 days. You may expect a cough to linger here and there for a few days after but not much. It really depends on the severity of the virus and the health of the dog I would think.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Anne View Post
    All of the dogs I have had with KC have been over the worst of it within 14 days. You may expect a cough to linger here and there for a few days after but not much. It really depends on the severity of the virus and the health of the dog I would think.
    Agreed.

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    So am I right in not taking him out until all symptoms have fully disappeared?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Newfienut View Post
    So am I right in not taking him out until all symptoms have fully disappeared?
    I wouldn't NN, not until the odd ssplutter each day is gone. i just don't think it's worth the risk, but that's me.

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    Thanks DA, I don't want to put any dog at risk of being housebound for as long as George has (or their owner for that matter!!)

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    2 weeks is the usual period of recovery, might be worth asking the vet if he is still contagious or not. Poor George! He must he stir crazy - you could probably take him for a walk if you can keep him away from other dogs so he can't pass it on to them. Start with a few short walks and see how he copes.

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    He is not contagious after the first week to my knowledge. I wouldn't overload his system as viruses can affect both humans and canines in serious ways, but he isn;t going to spread it if that is what you are worried about.
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    Maybe have a read of this site;
    Kennel Cough
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    Quote Originally Posted by Anne View Post
    Maybe have a read of this site;
    Kennel Cough
    Thanks!! No coughing today so I think we're good to go for a walk tomorrow!! Yeah!! I think I'm about as eager to get out as George is, seeing as I've felt too guilty to go for a walk without him!!

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