Isolation Requirements for Dogs With Kennel Cough

by Jane Meggitt
Kennel cough spreads easily, so keep your affected dog away from other canines.

Kennel cough spreads easily, so keep your affected dog away from other canines.

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If your dog starts making odd noises that resemble a goose honking, he might be suffering from kennel cough. If he's just come home from a boarding facility, dog show or other area containing lots of canines, there's a good chance he's contracted kennel cough. Your vet can make a definite diagnosis and supply cough suppressants for your pet.

Isolating Your Dog

Although kennel cough isn't usually serious -- the canine equivalent of a cold -- it's quite contagious. Other than the honking noise, your pet probably appears normal. Keep him away from other dogs for approximately three weeks. That might not be easy if you have multiple dogs at home, but avoid going to dog parks, obedience classes or anywhere you're likely to encounter other dogs. Because of the contagion factor, play it safe and leave all your dogs home, even if the others are asymptomatic.

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About the Author

Jane Meggitt has been a writer for more than 20 years. In addition to reporting for a major newspaper chain, she has been published in "Horse News," "Suburban Classic," "Hoof Beats," "Equine Journal" and other publications. She has a Bachelor of Arts in English from New York University and an Associate of Arts from the American Academy of Dramatics Arts, New York City.