We have four dogs, one recently rescued from a shelter(don’t know how he ended up there, he’s a fantastic dog). He was at the shelter for 5-6 days, and then 2-3 days after I brought him home he began showing Kennel Cough symptoms and so we took him to the vet a few days after that(he started showing symptoms on Sunday, appointment was Wednesday). At the vet it was discovered he had pneumonia, and he was given fluids, put on bland diet, and given lots of antibiotics and we did exercises with him to help get mucous out of his lungs. The cause of the pneumonia is unknown – could be from being outdoors too much in inclement weather(was stray for several rainy days), progressed Kennel Cough or Canine Influenza. He is almost entirely better now, active again and eating normal food.

Now, another dog of ours is starting to come down with something(don’t worry, we’ll get her into the vet too), and while it will be difficult I don’t mind too much that it will likely spread throughout the other dogs as well – I knew something like this was a risk when a brought a shelter dog home. It is likely Kennel Cough but could be Canine Influenza.

My concern, and it could be an entirely stupid one I just don’t have the knowledge in this area to judge myself, is that say it is Kennel Cough and the newly sick dog spreads it to the other two dogs currently well, by the time the last dog is better could the original dog(the shelter dog) get it again? My mind is stuck between becoming immune to the strain, and virus mutations allowing re-infection.

What do you think?
Thanks for your responses.

The two that are currently not showing any symptoms have had their bordatella shots because they are occasionally groomed, the dog that has just started to show symptoms may or may not have had her bordatella because she has not been to the groomers in a long time(she gets anxious and, consequently, sick) so we may not have asked for it.

This is certainly something we’ll ask about when we get her to the vet, just as extra precaution.

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