Can dogs walk with kennel cough? Simple and Effective Tips

How Dogs Catch Kennel Cough

There are several ways dogs contract kennel cough. Both the viruses and bacteria particles are airborne, so dogs catch it by inhaling those particles, whether or not the infected dog is present at the time. The bacteria and viruses may also “live” for several days on objects dogs come into contact with, such as toys, bowls, fences, grass and dirt, clothing and shoes. Even though the illness was named due to association with kenneling dogs, they can also contract it anywhere they are in proximity (10-15 feet) with a dog that’s infected including through fencing with neighbors, passing other dogs while walking or hiking, at a vet’s office and even while your dog is leashed at a pet store or pet event.

Keep in mind some dogs can be carriers without showing symptoms.

How long can a dog with kennel cough walk for?

If you have a quarantined area you can walk your dog without exposing other dogs to the kennel cough, you may want to give them a quick walk of 10 to 20 minutes. Do not overdo it, though because they are suffering. Dogs with kennel cough do not have the same stamina as they usually do, so you will want to avoid any long walks. This could cause more harm than good to their bodies and force the kennel cough to continue for long periods of time.

How do dogs catch kennel cough?

From other dogs and from where other dogs have been which is why we take sure care with it. it is air borne and is carried in spores so if your dog is sniffing where another dog has been who has the disease, then your dog can still pick it up even if not in contact with the carrier dog. It is often picked up in boarding kennels or rescue centres, dog shows and small dog parks.

Kennel Cough In Dogs

Kennel Cough (also known as canine infectious tracheobronchitis) is a highly contagious respiratory disease. Dogs commonly contract kennel cough at places where large amounts of canines congregate, such as boarding and daycare facilities, dog parks, training groups, and dog shows. Dogs can spread it to one another through airborne droplets, direct contact (e.g., touching noses), or contaminated surfaces (including water/food bowls). It’s highly treatable in most dogs but can be more severe in puppies younger than six months of age and immunocompromised dogs.