Is muzzling cruel?

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    I had to take one of my dogs,Dodger, to the vet Monday because he had been coughing. Apparently,he got Kennel Cough form coming into work with me at night. He got all his vaccinations back in July,but the vet said that the shot can only cover about three strands of the virus/infection. Sometimes it's and infection,sometimes it's viral. Anyway,he put him an antibiotics and cough medicine and told me he needs to not bark!! Well,if anyone remembers my other thread a while back-Dodger barks-a lot!!! He has done nothing but bark all morning at every dog and cat that walks by our house. I'm wondering if should muzzle him until he is a little better,but then for a dog like him,I wonder if that is cruel. I have never been big on muzzles unless they are really needed. The other alternative is just let him deal with the throat irritation of barking. You would think he would learn. Everytime a barking frenzy starts,he starts coughing!!!
     
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    He won't learn.. Muzzle him during the periods you know he's most likely to bark.. If things are quiet at night, leave the muzzle off... They don't have the common sense to know that barking is going to cause him to take longer to heal.
     
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    Makes sense. He does calm down at night a lot. There is this man that walks his dog three or four times a day around the neighborhood and this causes the usual frenzy. I wish I knew when the guy was coming,although today he has been barking at this damn cat that has been taunting him in the neighbors yard!!!lol!!!
     
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    OOOOOOOOOOOOoo your talking about dogs---nevermind :laugh:
     
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    We have a muzzle for our greyhound, but thankfully we don't have to use it often. But, you also should consider this: is it more cruel to muzzle a dog, or to let him keep barking, knowing that the barking will continue the dog's suffering with this infection?
     
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    Is muzzling cruel?

    Better than a shock collar IMO
     
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    Well,I am open to suggestions for the hubby too if you got em!! :dance:
     
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    I agree with you,and really knew this is probably the best thing. Just having a hard time with it. I guess I will have to go up and get one today. :cry:
     
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    Stuff a sock in his mouth and wrap some duct tape around his head, that oughta keep him quiet for awhile! :teeth:
     
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    Well,the vet called today to see how Dodger was, and I asked him about the barking. He said he didn't want me to muzzle Dodger. On top of him just getting irritated with it,he cannot pant,and that isn't good for him. He suggested a shock collar and said they do not hurt the dog and after a few times,you do not even have to use it anymore. My neighbor verfied that. She has one for her LAb and after a few times,she said he didn't need it.

    He did tell me to try and get a collar that can be set. For instance,set it 6 barks and the collar goes off itself. Barking is a constant problem for Dodger(only in the house,he is very protective). He said if you get one that goes off itself,the dog does not associate you with the shock and doesn't become timid or shy to people thinking all people do this. Made sense,I thought. He even said I could rent one.
     

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