A dog recovering from Kennel Cough?

asked 2017-08-18 20:03:44 -0500

I received a request from a client with a dog who picked up kennel cough at a boarding kennel last month. The dog rarely coughs and was put on antibiotics couple days ago. The owner says that the dogs is ok now and will take meds until the next week. I suggested to do meet and greet next week after her dog completes antibiotics. However, I am a little worried about my dog or my guest dogs catching cough during meet&greet. Supposedly, a dog contracted it a over a month ago, but I read that a dog can still be contagious. The owner says that a dog is totally fine. What shall I do? A stay is in 3 weeks. Shall I postpone meet&greet until the week after?

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answered 2017-08-19 11:26:28 -0500

Talk to your own vet. The owner doesn't know @#$%. Dogs are considered contagious for about two weeks. Antibiotics are commonly given for a 10-day period. So if the dog is still on his meds, then it is too soon.

As for the Bordetella vaccine, as a dog owner and sitter, I consider it minimum level of protection but know that it is no guarantee against KC.

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Yeah, I was reading that a dog while having symptoms is still contagious. And even after cough disappears, a dog can still carry virus for some time. I can't risk my or my guest dogs getting sick. I will ask an owner to wait for symptoms to go away completely + couple weeks before we meet.

Olga K.'s profile image Olga K.  ( 2017-08-20 08:50:25 -0500 ) edit

My dog got the bordetella vaccine. Also all dogs I watch are required to be up to date with all necessary vaccines. But as you said, there is no 100% guarantee.

Olga K.'s profile image Olga K.  ( 2017-08-20 08:52:10 -0500 ) edit
answered 2017-08-19 10:35:43 -0500

Kennel cough is a strange thing. I vaccinated my dogs for it when I was fostering, but then stopped after exposure was pretty much constant and they never got sick. Some dogs can be vaccinated all day long, and still get it. I would say if you have other clients' dogs in your home, I personally would not keep a potentially sick animal. I would consider boarding him on his own. Technically, he should be clear after that long on ABs, but sometimes KC does relapse.

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answered 2017-08-21 08:18:59 -0500

I would not accept this booking for the simple fact that kennel cough is highly contagious and the dog is most likely still contagious himself. Kennel cough is viral and there are many variations or strains so the vaccine cannot cover all of them.

I recently had an incident where I ended up with five dogs with kennel cough at once when all of them were vaccinated and I can only tell you how much of a hellish situation that was. I had to contact every owner, quarantine the whole lot of them so five dogs penned up in my home, no dog park, no running around, no fun for anyone concerned. Lucky for me I got it early and treated them all with coconut oil which is anti-viral and by the time they all got picked up none of them were coughing anymore. Still I had to steam clean my entire home, wash every blanket, sheet, couch cover to get rid of any potential germs left behind and I had to cancel two bookings just to make sure my home and personal dog would not get my client's dogs sick. And my clients had to keep their dogs away from other dogs and keep up with the coconut oil treatment so a very big hassle for them.

It was awful to hear the poor doggies coughing, it could of been very dangerous had I had dogs with compromised immune systems, it gave me tons of extra work with the cleaning and I lost revenue from two bookings. So no, I would not risk it at all.

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Yes, thanks! That's what I was thinking about! I am so sorry to hear about your experience. It reminded me when I found out that one my client had fleas. I had to isolate the dog and send it home asap. After I had to sanitize the whole house.

Olga K.'s profile image Olga K.  ( 2017-08-21 12:03:44 -0500 ) edit

I have a question. If her dogs stops coughing and feels good, how long it takes for a dog to be not contagious? The stay is in 3 weeks.

Olga K.'s profile image Olga K.  ( 2017-08-21 12:08:44 -0500 ) edit

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