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Shala in contact with sick dog - what's the risk?

So this was annoying. On a walk just now, someone waited until Shala and his dog had touched noses and his dog licked Shala's mouth submissively before telling me his dog has a cold (and indeed, right then, the dog sneezed). So is Shala pretty much guaranteed to get sick? I have googled and it seems colds are not really colds for dogs - they are often more serious. I am SO annoyed. I don't want to call and bug my vet but I'm just curious if anyone has experience with something like this. Do I now need to keep Shala away from other dogs til I know if she was infected?
Am I over-thinking and over-worrying? She is very strong and healthy, just shy of six years old, so neither very young nor very old.

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Oh geeze - I can't believe the other owner allowed that. Well, yes I can. Same thing happened to me several years ago - but it was kennel cough. Sure enough mine got it. I guess you have to wonder if they had their dog to the vet and was actually diagnosed with something? Or are they just guessing? Maybe just call your Vet, leave the question with the receptionist, and let them know you don't need the answer immediately. I think I would just keep an eye on her, and perhaps limit exposure to other dogs for the next week?
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Really bad form on the other owner's part to have allowed contact. Does Shala have a bordatella (kennel cough) and influenza vaccination? If she doesn't have any immuno issues she'll probably be ok. Might be worth calling your vet though.

FWIW, my guys used to get kennel cough at least once a year when they were in daycare every day. People would bring sick dogs to daycare (sometimes because they didn't know they were sick yet). Used to make me so mad. They always recovered with rest and vaporizers/humidifiers going. After I pulled from daycare, they no longer catch it. It's like kids who go to daycare. So easy to catch things.


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I'd call your Vet, as Jenneretz mentioned, if Shala had a bordetella and influenza shot, hopefully she'll be ok or maybe she'll have a milder case of whatever the other dog has.
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Good Lord, people are such idiots.
Good chance she'll get it, yes. But since she's young and strong, she'll be fine.
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Nice....

It isn't a guarantee she'll get sick. But she probably is a carrier if anything.

Just keep an eye on her for the next week or two - that's all.

Fwiw - my guys have been exposed to KC at shows and at the places I've trained at. I had both Jacks and Bertie in a crate for an hour before somebody told me that somebody the prior day had used that crate with her dogs (who were all very sick with KC). Anyway - the guys never got sick even with that much exposure. And we don't do bordatella.

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Sorry that happened. Maybe some probiotics and vitamin C powder would help.


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What an idiot. Hopefully the guy was wrong and his dog just has allergies or something non-infectious. When Luna had kennel cough it was a harsh rasping cough or gag, not a sneeze.


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Yikes, definitely keep an eye on her, and call the vet at the first sign of a cold....

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Thanks for all the replies and concern. I did cave and email my vet. She said there is a lot of upper respiratory infection around right now (her office is a 5-minute walk from my house, so very local). But she also said there has been no canine influenza in Toronto, which is a big relief. Shala has not been vaccinated for influenza - as, since it has not been here, it is not recommended - nor for bordatella, as we don't do daycare or anything that requires it.

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Oh geeze - I can't believe the other owner allowed that. Well, yes I can. Same thing happened to me several years ago - but it was kennel cough. Sure enough mine got it. I guess you have to wonder if they had their dog to the vet and was actually diagnosed with something? Or are they just guessing? Maybe just call your Vet, leave the question with the receptionist, and let them know you don't need the answer immediately. I think I would just keep an eye on her, and perhaps limit exposure to other dogs for the next week?
I wondered, too, if the owner was just guessing. The dog didn't LOOK sick - no runny eyes or nose - so very possible.

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Nice....

It isn't a guarantee she'll get sick. But she probably is a carrier if anything.

Just keep an eye on her for the next week or two - that's all.

Fwiw - my guys have been exposed to KC at shows and at the places I've trained at. I had both Jacks and Bertie in a crate for an hour before somebody told me that somebody the prior day had used that crate with her dogs (who were all very sick with KC). Anyway - the guys never got sick even with that much exposure. And we don't do bordatella.
That's my worry - even if she doesn't get sick, I don't want her to pass it on to the dogs I train with or the dogs in her daily dogwalking group. We went tracking this morning and we have field tomorrow, so I'm just warning everyone and letting them decide if they want me to keep her isolated (it's not at all difficult to do - the only time they mix is when we let them stretch their legs and run around before we get started, and then at the end, same thing. But I can just take her in a different direction).

I'm going to watch her closely and just hope her strong, youngish body will fight it off. I've never had a dog catch a cold so I just have no compass for how serious it can be. At least my vet eased my mind by confirming no flu in this region!

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