So I know this is highly contagious. But can it travel home on my clothes to my dogs?
We had parvo puppies a while back and we wore gowns and booties over our clothes and that worked well. However I was unprepared for the KC. Got there this morning and several of the dogs were coughing. I hope I didn't bring it home to my Senior.What I do when I've been at the shelter working with sick dogs is to wash up well before leaving the shelter, and also use hand sanitizer. Then we leave our shoes on the front porch and spray them well with Lysol, outside, and leave them out there for the Lysol to dry.
Then I go straight to straight to the laundry room, put my clothes in the washer, and hop in the shower -- without greeting any dogs.
We had a strain of deadly "strep zoo" circulating in the local shelter last winter (very high mortality rate), so we got into this protocol when we came home. I did not want that stuff coming in contact with my dogs, esp. my senior.
I don't, the only thing I supplement with is the Glyco-Flex 3 for Buddy. Where do I buy it & how much should I give? My senior Buddy is the one I'm really worried about.Do you supplement with organic unrefined coconut oil? If not, if you have some, give them some this week. It's very good at helping them fight off KC (antiviral and antibacterial).
I keep mine on it now. Since I put them on it, they haven't caught KC, even when there were fosters in the house that broke with it. I think the coconut oil really helps them fight it off.
Thanks for the link.Canine: Infectious Respiratory Disease Complex (a.k.a. "Kennel Cough") | UC Davis Koret Shelter Medicine Program
This website always has good information on shelter disease and medicine.
Whole Foods, usually in the supplement aisle (sometimes the cooking oil aisle). Costco sometimes has it, I've heard. I order it online too (vitacost.com), but you likely need it faster than that.I don't, the only thing I supplement with is the Glyco-Flex 3 for Buddy. Where do I buy it & how much should I give? My senior Buddy is the one I'm really worried about.
Thank you! :hug:Whole Foods, usually in the supplement aisle (sometimes the cooking oil aisle). Costco sometimes has it, I've heard. I order it online too (vitacost.com), but you likely need it faster than that.
Look for organic, cold-pressed, unrefined coconut oil. It comes in a jar (as it solidifies under 76 degrees). Start with about a teaspoon per meal for a few days, and gradually increase it to about 1 teaspoon per 10-20 pounds. My 75# senior gets a couple of big tablespoons a day, total (divided between his two meals). Dogs love the taste, so you can just put it right on top of their food.
Here's an example of a widely available brand:
Nutiva Organic Unrefined Extra Virgin Coconut Oil -- 29 oz - Vitacost
This article explains a bit about why coconut oil helps fight KC:
Remedies for Kennel Cough - Whole Dog Journal Article
(Coconut oil is good for seniors for a lot of other reasons, so it's a nice supplement anyway.)