Kubrick & Hitchcock's Mom
Join Date: Apr 2007
Location: New York, NY
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Daniel, kennel cough can be caught anywhere, not just in kennels or when your dog is being housed. Kubrick goes to the dog park and out in the street. Just by breathing out onto another dog, your dog can catch it. Kennel cough is basically a cold. Just like you can catch a cold from a person sitting next to you on the bus, the dog can catch a cold just by sniffing another dog and having the other dog breathe onto it.
Although it's not necessary to take the shot, I know that Kubrick did have kennel cough which he caught before his shot (he was not in a kennel nor was he being housed - he got it from the street) and it really was a complete pain to get rid of. It took forever. If you don't mind listening to the coughing and the runny nose for that long, then it does go away on its own eventually, though most vets prescribe an antibiotic to help the process along... plus during that time, if you're a responsible owner you shouldn't take your dog outside as he can give it to other dogs. Which can be a pain in and of itself.