How Long Does Kennel Cough Last On Clothes?

Kennel cough can survive on clothes for up to 24 hours, according to the search results. Specifically, source[1] states that kennel cough can be transmitted from an infected dog on clothing, while source[3] notes that the kennel cough virus can live on clothes for up to 24 hours.

So to directly answer the question, kennel cough can last on clothes for up to 24 hours before the virus becomes non-infectious. However, it’s important to note that even after 24 hours, traces of the virus may persist so proper disinfection is still recommended.

Additional Details

  • Kennel cough is highly contagious and can be spread via contaminated hands, shoes, clothing, surfaces, bowls, toys, bedding, etc. (sources[1], [2], [3], [5])
  • The virus can survive on hard surfaces for 24-48 hours (sources[3], [6])
  • To prevent spreading kennel cough, isolate infected dogs for at least 2 weeks after the last cough (source[2])
  • Disinfect any items the infected dog contacted, including clothing, using diluted bleach solution (sources[5], [7])
  • Most dogs recover within 3-4 weeks but can remain contagious for 6+ weeks (sources[6], [8])
  • Vaccination can reduce risk but does not guarantee immunity, proper sanitization and ventilation at kennels is also key (sources[4], [8])

So in summary, while kennel cough viruses can persist on clothes specifically for approximately 24 hours, extreme care should still be taken with isolation, disinfection, and sanitization to prevent ongoing transmission. Consult a vet for treatment options if your dog develops kennel cough.


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