The new pup Sable i was talking about in the other post is like coughing kinda(clearing your her throat) quite a bit.Could this be kennel cough?There will be thick white spittle that comes out. please respond........
Sounds like KC to me. Several years ago my sister and I adopted a lab mix for the spca, that had the same things going on. The vet told us that shealters are breeding grounds for this as the conditions (while better than the streets was still not great), It took several months to get her better, and an elderly cat she was arround ending up catching it from her and died, so be very careful to keep the very old or young pets away from her. I hope all goes well.
Not exactly what we wanted to hear.I never really knew what the symptoms were.Now, i have 2 6month old pups,how can they catch it from her?Contact or just being in the same house?They spent the night here with Sable but our pups and her were seperated but only by a baby gate.They still sniffed each other a couple times through the gate.We would have loved to let them romp in the house or backyard but Sable still has stitches.If it is KC should she not come to our house just yet?
"Preventing other dogs from contracting this disease once it is present requires isolating the affected dog stringently. The organisms that are responsible are spread primarily on small water droplets in the air, but direct contact between dogs and with areas that are contaminated by sputum can also serve as a source of contagion. I usually recommend to owners that an affected dog not be allowed to contact other dogs until there has been no coughing for at least seven to ten days. To prevent transmission in kennel settings at home you should isolate the affected dog and increase the ventilation within the kennel to the point that you are exchanging the air twelve to fifteen times per hour. You should try to keep the humidity to less than fifty percent if possible. Kennels, crates and dishes should be cleaned vigorously with disinfectants and allowed to dry thoroughly before their next use. In short, increasing airflow and dryness will help a great deal with this problem."
Kennel Cough is air borne, and yes your other dogs can catch it and chances are they probably will if they have been around a dog with it.
Kennel cough is most commonly associated with a bacterial infection caused by the organism Bordetella bronchiseptica. While it is hard to be certain in veterinary medicine when discussing statistics, it is estimated that 80 to 90% of the cases of kennel cough are due to this organism. The other 10 to 20% of cases are caused by a variety of other infectious agents, most of them viral. Kennel cough has been associated with parainfluenza virus, adenovirus and canine distemper virus as well as the Bordetella bacteria.
The incubation period from the time a dog is exposed until clinical signs appear varies depending on which infectious agent is the cause. In general it appears to be about 3 to 5 days with Bordetella. The infection tends to be mild except for a very harsh cough that often prompts owners to think that their dog "has something caught in his throat". In some dogs it can lead to pneumonia or more serious signs. Cough suppressants can be used to control the cough and antibiotics may be necessary for stubborn infections or to try to stop the spread of the bacteria in multiple dog households. It is probably a good idea to vaccinate dogs who will be exposed to large numbers of other dogs, such as at shows, obedience classes or the classic cause -- when left in kennels. The intranasal vaccine is pretty fast acting, providing some protection in as little as 5 days. The injectable version of the vaccine may provide longer immunity, though. Some vets use both to get maximum protection.
***Edited By: cricketmom on 2/27/2005 6:22:33 PM*** Reason: cause