Join Date: Mar 2010
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I think it is pretty contagious, so if any other dog had the germs, either coming down with it or getting over it, the germ was no doubt in the facility, and the way dogs lick and sniff, no doubt very easily picked up. Even though trainers usually require the Bordatella vaccine, as well as day cares and boarding facilities, it only immunizes against one or two strains of the illness, and it is much like the common cold in humans - many different strains, so the vaccine is pretty much useless - but in my opinion, they feel they have covered their fannies by requiring it. I am fairly certain Augie got a case after being boarded a year or so ago. He had the hacking and acted like he felt puny for a day or two. I kept close watch on him and about the time I thought maybe I should get him checked out, he seemed to improve. But it probably took about a week before he got over the cough. I think it depends on the strain and the individual dog as to how sick they get, also like humans.
Hope Oreo is feeling better soon!
Linda, Augie & Finn's Mom