|Barked: Mon Jul 23, '07 1:27pm PST |
I believe that the incubation period for kennel cough is about 5-10 days and that dogs are contagious before they show any symptoms. This is why it spreads so easily. The good news is that kennel cough usually does not need any treatment in a dog with a healthy immune system and since your dogs are raw fed, their immune systems should be fine (unless they have been ill recently). Kennel cough is often compared to the common cold in people ; it will usually go away on it's own. I would carefully watch a young puppy however, as they are more suseptable to having secondary infections. Since you are involved in dogs sports, as we are, it will be difficult to always keep your dogs away from kennel cough. It is too late to vaccinate if they have already been exposed, but that is something to think about for the future. I prefer not to vaccinate because there are several strains of kennel cough and I believe the vaccine only protects them against 2 strains - I also just don't like to over vaccinate. Should you keep your dogs out of classes for a while? That is totally up to you. Personally, I wouldn't, only because they can be exposed at any time you take your dog to class or to any place that dogs are. As for the ball and flyball box, I am not too sure, but since kennel cough is airborne I'm not sure if it will survive on objects.
Edited to add : humans cannot carry the kennel cough virus, we do have our own version though - whooping cough.
Edited by author Mon Jul 23, '07 1:29pm PST
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