View Full Version : Kennel cough. :(

28th September 2008, 09:37 PM
My girls are up to date with all their vacs including Kennel Cough however we havn't this time escaped an outbreak within our town. Most agility and obedience clubs have been closed but unfortunately three of my girls have presently got Kennel cough. Two Cavaliers and a Sheltie. All on meds from the vet, hopefully showing signs of improvement.

It isn't nice for them and it sounds and looks awful, I just hope that they never have it again.


murphy's mum
28th September 2008, 09:45 PM
Aww no, poor babies. Hope they get better soon, sending hugs your way:lotsaluv:

28th September 2008, 10:00 PM
So sorry to hear your girls are unwell..sending hugs and best wishes for a speedy recovery for them.

28th September 2008, 10:17 PM
Sorry to hear that Alison. Sounds like you have a week or two of sleepless nights ahead of you.Hopefully it's just three that have it and they'll make a speedy recovery.

28th September 2008, 10:27 PM
Alison, we had the same problem in our house. I foster dogs that come directly from the pound and I had avoided a house plague until a month ago - all five picked it up. Coughing up goo and unhappy dogs all round! Just to warn you that some dogs keep coughing even after infection has gone away - but this isn't something to be worried about (unless it hasn't improved at all). My heart goes out to you, and the poor dogs (they can be so miserable with it :()

28th September 2008, 10:55 PM
so sorry, I hope all your babies are well soon. I had a friend go through kennel cough recently with a Shepherd rescue. He, also, coughed long after the infection cleared up. You might experience the same.

Cathy Moon
29th September 2008, 05:44 AM
Oh dear, I hope they all feel better soon. :flwr:

If the cough lingers too long they might need more antibiotics. That's what happened when Geordie had it long ago.

29th September 2008, 10:47 AM
Hi Alison, how are the girls feeling today? Poor little things. I know nothing about kennel cough, I assume they must be very warn out and upset?

29th September 2008, 11:20 AM
All doing well today, meds seem to be holding any further infections developing although one Cavalier has had a very rough dose of it :( now turning the corner and brighter today. There is nothing like the cough that goes with this, it is unmistakable.


29th September 2008, 11:46 AM
My two had it last week and as I didn’t know that you can carry the virus on your cloth. I went to visit my friend who got the sister and brother of my two cavaliers. Then our other friend dropped in who got five cavaliers and a litter of puppies at home. So slowly nearly every dog has come down with kennel cough. When I phoned the vet and talked to the vetnary nurse she reassured me that you can’t catch it from your cloth but when my friend talked to the vet he confirmed that it lives on your cloth for up to 2 hours. We all use the same vet and he said that he never has seen so much kennel cough. We were all worried for the pups and the vet gave my friend something to give to the pups straight away.


29th September 2008, 11:56 AM
It's a good reminder to keep up to date on kennel cough. You just have to youtube kennel cough if you're in any doubt. I was told it is an airborne virus that can travel up to a mile. We have a high population of dogs nearby with a boarding kennel/puppy broker in the next road to us so we have to be careful.

29th September 2008, 12:13 PM
My gang all had it three weeks ago, a few days after getting Katie she started with it then all the rest came down with it. It was the foamy sick I found awful. They are all over it now. I got herbal tablets from Ainsworths in London and found them very good, stopped them coughing as much.My vet gave Kaite an antibiotic and the oldies but the rest just got on with it. Apparently it started in Scotland and is heading South according to the lady at Ainsworths.A friend had a litter two weeks old that caught it, they are doing fine bit snuffly but shows pups do get over it. Fingers crossed its all over with.
Hope yours a feeling better today Alison.

29th September 2008, 12:58 PM
Advice was also given to keep affected dogs at home and to change foorwear if you have to go out, change again when you return. Not to let the infected dogs share each others food bowls. To keep away yourself from places where there may be large crowds of other dog owners as the virus can also be carried away from the place of infection.

So we are stopping in the house and garden until all signs have passed and they have had a check and clearance from the vet. All being fed on their own. Two so far haven't shown any signs.....I'm just watching.


Claire L
29th September 2008, 12:59 PM
Sending lots of get well wishes to your girls Alison :hug::hug::hug:
Hope the meds are doing their job quickly and effectively.
Do you have to keep them indoors for a certain period of time or can you take them out as long as they are on meds? I have no experience of Kennel Cough and I wonder how long it takes before it's safe to allow the doggies out on walks again etc?

Give the girlies a big kiss from me :lotsaluv:

29th September 2008, 01:12 PM
I am glad your crew are doing better Alison.

Hope the progress continues and they are back to themselves in no time. :flwr:

29th September 2008, 03:53 PM
Alison, forgot to say that the infection can linger about the place for a while. I wash all the beds/blankets etc at a 95deg wash with biological washing powder and a bit of disinfectant (they are all now half the size they used to be!), bleach all floors, bottoms of shoes, bowls (and washed them out very well), counters and doors in the kitchen (where the dogs are for most of the day) and use Jayes fluid on all the concrete (and on any cough up in the grass) to kill it off. It's a pain in the bum, but better than another dog getting it from the house!

I currently have a pup who has a very bad dose (he entered the house as the others were getting over it) and he is miserable with it. His whole body shakes when he coughs and he keeps giving me "the eyes" :(

Great to hear they are feeling better :thmbsup:

29th September 2008, 04:15 PM
Thanks for the good advice lorebringer....:)

I'm cleaning with Jeyes outside already...doing the wood floors downstairs daily and have a stair gate installed to stop them going up the stairs...changing towels in dog beds daily as well.
Never gave the kitchen units/doors a thought...thanks for that.


30th September 2008, 01:19 PM
aw thats awful!:(

I must say though youdogs are fabulous!!!:luv:

Claire L
30th September 2008, 01:39 PM
How are the girls doing Alison? Hope each day brings greater improvement :flwr:

30th September 2008, 01:48 PM
All doing very well today Claire, the coughing is dying down and they seem much brighter...all very much on the mend.

My washing line looks very cute today with 101 teddies, blankets, towels and toys all hanging by their ears after a good hot wash through the machine! :)


Claire L
30th September 2008, 03:48 PM
All doing very well today Claire, the coughing is dying down and they seem much brighter...all very much on the mend.

My washing line looks very cute today with 101 teddies, blankets, towels and toys all hanging by their ears after a good hot wash through the machine! :)


Glad to hear it :flwr:

30th September 2008, 04:18 PM
Glad to hear it Alison :p Sounds like a lot of work for you :hug:

Cleo's Person
30th September 2008, 04:41 PM
Delighted to hear they are getting better. :flwr: I'm sure your washing is a joy to see and is brightening someone's day up!