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Doctor insights on: Can People Catch Kennel Cough

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Can humans pet owners catch kennel cough?

Can humans pet owners catch kennel cough?

No: Kennel cough is a very contagious upper respiratory infection found in dogs & caused by canine parainfluenza virus & a bacteria called bordetella bronchispeptica. It is not transmitted to humans. ...Read more

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Cough (Definition)

Coughing is an important way to keep your throat and airways clear. However, excessive coughing may mean you have an underlying disease or disorder. Some coughs are dry, while others are considered productive. A productive cough is one ...Read more


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Would it be very likely for a human to get sick from a dog infected with "kennel cough"?

Would it be very likely for a human to get sick from a dog infected with "kennel cough"?

Kennel cough: Kennel cough is a very contagious upper respiratory infection found in dogs & caused by canine parainfluenza virus & a bacteria called bordetella bronchispeptica. It is not transmitted to humans. ...Read more

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What are signs of rabies and kennel cough?

What are signs of rabies and kennel cough?

Ask your vet: This question is best answered by your pet's vet. We here at HealthTap are experts in human disease and behavior. ...Read more

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My dog has kennel cough is it contagious for me or my 2 children? My son is 11 & my daughter is 8........

My dog has kennel cough is it contagious for me or my 2 children? My son is 11 & my daughter is 8........

No: No, ordinarily the bacteria that classically cause kennel cough do not affect humans. However, there have been case reports of that bacteria affecting humans who are immuno-compromised. As long as everyone in the household his relatively healthy, i'm afraid only your dog is going to be affected. However, your dog can pass it to other dogs! i hope your pup starts feeling better soon! ...Read more

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My son 7 months and half, catch cough from me, his tempreature is 39 degree, what shall I gave him?

My son 7 months and half, catch cough from me, his tempreature is 39 degree, what shall I gave him?

Call your doctor: If he is having problems breathing, take him to the nearest emergency room. If his breathing is ok, you should call your doctor right away to report the illness and get appropriate advice for his care. In the meantime, you can give Acetaminophen based on his weight and encourage breast milk, formula or water until your doctor calls you back with his advice. ...Read more

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How likely am I to catch whopping cough as an adult if I have had already had a booster shot for it?

How likely am I to catch whopping cough as an adult if I have had already had a booster shot for it?

Unlikely: It is very unlikely to get it as an adult specially if you had the booster shot. Check with your doctor to make sure you did not misdiagnosed ...Read more

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Cough low energy hard to catch breath?

Cough low energy hard to catch breath?

Get eval: With these symptoms, best to get an evaluation to assure you do not have an underlying pulmonary issue/infection. ...Read more

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What do I do if I cough I have hard times breathing or catching my breath after?

What do I do if I cough I have hard times breathing or catching my breath after?

Short of breath: Please see a doctor/ urgent care today you may need an inhaler and or steroids. You may have a cough that is an asthma equivalent and need treatment for asthma or it just may be post infection you need treatment airway hypersensitivity post infection which presents like asthma but will resolve. of you may have reflux causing an asthma like state f/U today you need treatment ...Read more

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Everytime my son catches cold and cough, his cough heals very late.Please suggest an effective cough syrup or medicine?

Everytime my son catches cold and cough, his cough heals very late.Please suggest an effective cough syrup or medicine?

The safest thing to : Do is see his pediatrician, as your son may have reactive airway disease or mild asthma. Upper respiratory infections can trigger bronchial spasms in people with these conditions, requiring medications called bronchodilators. It's always wise not to suppress coughs in children, except maybe at night for more restful sleep, but only if his doctor okays a medication with dextromethorphan. ...Read more