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    Just a note about canine cough. Note it is not Kennel cough anymore. Canine cough is the correct term.

    Vaccinations are not fool proof. Like you having an influensa jab will not prevent you getting the dreaded lurgy. If you put yourself in a room, or bus, or train, full of people with the flu, you will get the flu. All the vaccination does is increase your resistance to certain strains of flu, but, you can still be infected. It does reduce the severity of the infection.

    Whilst all kennels insist on dogs having the canine cough innoculation, if your dog, or the dog next door had been admitted to a kennel after coming in contact with an infected dog at the dog park, the kennel or the innoculation are going to be able to do squate to prevent your dog breathing in the air born pathogens.

    Depending on the strength of his antibodies, he may or may not show signs of an infection - but the kennel was not to blame, so don't say" Oh my dog caught canine cough at so and so kennel and I will not go back there because of that."

    Thats rather like saying I won't drink XXXX beer because it gave me a headache.
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    What if your dog gets the Cough and he is the only one in the kennel ?
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    We adopted Molly from the RSPCA and bought her home and she was totally healthy then 2 days after (on a Sunday of course) she was coughing lots so we took her to the emergency vet and it turned out to be canine cough. Even though she had been vaccinated she had still caught it because of being around so many dogs at the RSPCA. The RSPCA were great about it and covered all our vet bills (Then I felt bad that the vet bills were more than her adoption cost so I went and donated lots haha). We seperated Meika as soon as Molly started coughing, even though she was vaccinated, and as hard as it was we kept them seperated for about 10 days and thankfully she didn't get sick (even though they were playing non-stop for those 2 days!). Nobody is to blame (especially not the RSPCA) in a situation like that, like you said Nev, it's just like the flu

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    Quote Originally Posted by ChoppaChop View Post
    What if your dog gets the Cough and he is the only one in the kennel ?
    Depends on how long the dog was in the kennel for by itself. The virus takes around 7 days to mutate and show signs.

    The virus is normally airborn - dogs cough it out into the air, but it can also be spread by dogs drinking or eating out of contaminated bowls. So, if there were no other dogs in the kennel and he was infected after being there for 7 days or more, then the virus was probably blown in from near by properties.
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    Obviously you have taken to heart what I mentioned about my dog's experience at a kennel. He was in that kennel while I was away for about a week or so. And since I am not a vet, I don't know much about canine cough or what ever its called these days. I was just talking about my experience, as obviously he was surrounded by other dogs in the kennel, and pretty much spent a lot of time in the backyard, majority of the time, where he was healthy.

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    One of my local group of dog walking friends - her dog got CC - and she thought at first, it was some sort of irritation from something her dog had eaten like a splinter or bit of scratchy food. The dog wasn't obviously honking or hacking. And that dog had been vax'd

    I'm a bit worried that Frosty might have it but with one cough every few days - and no coughing on exercise - then maybe not. She often hacks up dry kibble food reward but that's different.

    But a year or so back I met someone walking their dog at our park and her dog was honking with every step, and I asked what the matter was, and she said "oh it's just a doggy cold". I said "like kennel cough?" and she said "yes". ARGGGHH I want to kill vets who let their clients think it's ok to walk their sick dogs with other dogs.

    So yes, dogs which have been vax'd do get CC - but they don't get it as bad as dogs that haven't been vaxed.

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    In Winter my dogs get Vit C doubled..they get it all year around anyway with all the other stuff.

    If you do get the cough, just give them Manuka honey three to four times a day..they love it. Last year we had CC go through the Kennel Club..ours and my friends dogs were the only ones who did not get it. Vit C , just like with humans is not a cure, but more of a preventative......Manuka honey helps with the cough and seems to help.
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    My lab when he came as a rescue started coughing fairly violently and it turned out he had kennel cough. My little cavie who was only 6 months old and vaccinated only got a very mild dose.

    The rescue told me had been vaccinated but he may have already contracted it in the kennel prior to being vaccinated and it had'nt had a chance to work.
    My little cavie who was also vaccinated contracted it about 5 days after coming home from the vets after desexing?

    It appears to be rampant where we are, but really it is just a flu!
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    And just like the flu, it can kill.

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    Well - we as responsible dog owners vaccinate - don't we or at least titre test - we follow the laws of the area that we are in - but what about all the other supposed responsible dog owners out there ! This is what really p**ses me off ! Through no fault of my own - my pup is at risk !

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