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Kennel cough - quarantine and incubation period

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Kennel cough - quarantine and incubation period

Post  Puggered on 7/24/2011, 11:50 am

Okay there is soooo much conflicting information out there I'm going to pick the brains of the PA collective to help me to decide on a course of action.

Ok the incubation period is usually around 3 -5 days from the time of exposure, right? And the minimum official quarantine time with known exposure cases is 21 days, but really it should be at least a month because they are still shedding a decent amount of virus.

I have heard some say that they are shedding virus for up to 14 weeks from infection (yikes!!!) but most sources say you should isolate for a month.


The question is: if you have a dog arrive from a known infectious situation, but that dog did/does not appear to have any symptoms, it's 15 days later, would you be exposing other dogs to that dog?

I'm asking because I did a rescue transport recently, hauling 3 dogs, 10 puppies, 3 litters of kittens and two cats. They all came from the same pound (kill shelter) all the puppies were quite sick with KC. The transport was on 10 August.

Today someone I'm dealing with on another rescue related matter told me she was interested in one of the dogs from that trip and had just been offered a meet and greet to see if it got along with her existing dog. I haven't said a word to her, or to the rescue concerned but I'm worried that they are merrily spreading the virus everywhere.

Should I be worried? Should I speak up or shut up? Opinions, please?
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Post  Renee on 7/24/2011, 2:08 pm

Well, my very uneducated answer would be to speak up, and say it is quite common for rescues to have KC, and that they are much more prone to getting a bad case due to the stress to their bodies... but, at the same time, KC is like a cold, so it is not a death sentence. Then, leave it up to the potential adopter if she would like to meet and greet or wait a bit longer. If it has been 15 days with no symptoms, then you are likely fine.
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Post  northernwitch on 7/24/2011, 2:25 pm

Yep--what Renee said. I always alert people to the "possibility" of KC. But don't sweat it that much unless there is a very young, very old or very immune compromised dog in the group.
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Re: Kennel cough - quarantine and incubation period

Post  Puggered on 7/24/2011, 11:16 pm

Thanks people! I can keep my mouth shut with a clear conscience now! Just drop a quiet "heads up" to the prospective adopter - who does currently have a dog with a compromised immune system.
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Post  SacramentoPugs on 7/25/2011, 3:22 pm

15 days without displaying symptoms should mean you're in the clear. We see a lot of kennel cough at the shelter.
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