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Dr. Michael Dym
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Date: 05/08/16
Category: Cough
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Cough

Question:We Got Pomeranian, He Is Now 5 Months Old. Last Two Months He Has A Cough During The Night, Every Single Night. He Was Given 3,4 Types Of Antybiotics, But No Improvement. Now He Takes Doksiciklin But Still Not Improvement. Last 10 Days He Takes A Medicine For Kennel Cough, To Suppress The Cough During The Night, And I Give Him Honey Before Sleep. No Improvement. Xrays Show That Everything Is Ok. Is There Any Medicine To Help, As This Lasts Very Long Time, And We Get Worried. Thank You

Answer:I Would Ask Your Vet About Referring You To A Veterinary Internal Medicine Specialist In Your Area, As Your Puppy May Need Further Evaluation Of The Trachea(windpipe) And Airways With Tracheal Wash, Bronchoscopy, Etc For Accurate Diagnosis And Treatment Plan. I Would Ask Your Vet About Doing A 5 Day Worming Trial With Panacure Suspension, Even If Stool Checks Have Been Negative For Parasites, As Sometimes Hidden Worms That Dont Always Show Up On Stool Checks, Can Be Involved With Chronic Symptoms. I Would Also Ask Your Vet About Low Dose Prescription Temaril P, Which May Help With Allergic Or Inflammatory Component To Airway Disease. Finally, Although Your Puppy Is Young, I Would Ask About Off Label Use Of The Quinolone Drug Baytril(enrofloxicin) Or Orbax, As This May Help With A Resistant Mycoplasma Bacterial Infection, Even Though We Typically Dont Use These Type Of Drugs In Puppies Under Year Of Age

Date: 05/02/16
Category: Other
Pet Type: Dog
Topic:  Sudden Abrupt Onset Of Congestive Heart Failure Also Known Heart Murmur Need Help In Knowing If Diagnosis Is Correct

Question:My Little Boo Boo Is About 12 1/2 Yrsld He's Really A Special Case He Was Born Dead Because His Mama Was Too Small To Carry Him Anyhow The Doctor Performed A C-section On His Mama And When He Came Out He Was Dead The Doctor Shot Him With An Adrenaline Shot And Brought Him Back Since The Moment He Took His First Breath He Has Been The Happiest Most Loving Most Kissing And Love Life Dog Ever Never Once Has He Had A Bad Day Or Sad Moment Or Anything Or Any Health Issues After He Was Brought Back The Doctor Told Us Then And There He Had A Heart Murmur Never Never Once Has He Had Any Problems Health Issues Or Anything Whatsoever In Association With The Heart Murmur With Heart With Anything Period Or To Go And See The Vet Or Be Seen Or Anything Whatsoever Like That All Of A Sudden Last Month He Started Panting And Coughing Out Of The Blue I Immediately Said Congestive Heart Failure Because Of His Heart Murmur Took Him To The Vet They Were Thinking Kennel Cough And Then They Did A Couple Radiographs And What Not And Saw That I Was Correct And It Was Congestive Heart Failure I Had A Lot Of Difficulty Tracking Down A Vet Cardiologists I Finally Found One We Did An Echocardiogram And He Did Not Offer Me A Lot Of Information He Said That His Left Metrical Ventricle Was Leaking Blood An Said He Needed Constant Oxygen And To Be Left There In There Oxygen Chamber To Keep Him There For A Week And I Just Did Not Want To Leave My Baby There With Them Just Because Of The Lack Of Info An Care Also In The Report They Wrote That He'd Be Going In Intervals When The Whole Point Was To Keep Him In Constent Oxygen So Basically Whenever He Would Need It Not To Be Kept There Constant As The Cardiologists 1st Said And When I Pointed That Out They Were Like Oh No No He's Going To Be Kept In Their 24/7 And Then They Said Well Depends If He Doesn't Need It We Will Take Him Out.. Well(1)the Whole Purpose Was Constant Oxygen Chamber Not Oh Well We're Going To Rotate Him With Intervals So Therefore I Felt Like It Was Not A Good Place For Him To Be( 2)were They Are Is Very Far Away From Where I Live( 3) Results From His Echocardiogram The Doctor Retract His Basic Diagnosis In A Few Different Points He Says He's At Stage C Then He Says Well Through Looking At Results Further Information That Oh Not As Severe As Earlier Diagnosis Or Earlier Stated Ect... I Just Don't No What Is True The Fact That I Followed Up With X-rays And With Other Vets And He Has No Fluid Or Liquid Buildup In His Lungs He Has Been Eating And Was Happy And Is Happy As Can Be But There Are Situations Where He's Panting And Where He Can't Breathe And I'm Thinking It Could Also Be The Fact That They Put Him On Viagra Vetmedin And Lasix And Also My Little Boo Boo Is About 12 1/2 Yrsld He's Really A Special Case He Was Born Dead Because His Mama Was Too Small To Carry Him Anyhow The Doctor Performed A C-section On His Mama And When He Came Out He Was Dead The Doctor Shot Him With An Adrenaline Shot And Brought Him Back Since The Moment He Took His First Breath He Has Been The Happiest Most Loving Most Kissing And Love Life Dog Ever Never Once Has He Had A Bad Day Or Sad Moment Or Anything Or Any Health Issues After He Was Brought Back The Doctor Told Us Then And There He Had A Heart Murmur Never Never Once Has He Had Any Problems Health Issues Or Anything Whatsoever In Association With The Heart Murmur With Heart With Anything Period Or To Go And See The Vet Or Be Seen Or Anything Whatsoever Like That All Of A Sudden Last Month He Started Panting And Coughing Out Of The Blue I Immediately Said Congestive Heart Failure Because Of His Heart Murmur Took Him To The Vet They Were Thinking Kennel Cough And Then They Did A Couple Radiographs And What Not And Saw That I Was Correct And It Was Congestive Heart Failure I Had A Lot Of Difficulty Tracking Down A Vet Cardiologists I Finally Found One We Did An Echocardiogram And He Did Not Offer Me A Lot Of Information He Said That His Left Metrical Ventricle Was Leaking Blood An Said He Needed Constant Oxygen And To Be Left There In There Oxygen Chamber To Keep Him There For A Week And I Just Did Not Want To Leave My Baby There With Them Just Because Of The Lack Of Info An Care Also In The Report They Wrote That He'd Be Going In Intervals Oxygen So Basically Whenever He Would Need It Not To Be Kept There And When I Pointed That Out They Were Like Oh No No He's Going To Be Kept In Their 24/7 And Then They Said Well Depends If He Doesn't Need It We Will Take Him Out Well1)the Whole Purpose Was Constant Oxygen Chamber Not Oh Well We're Going To Rotate Him With Intervals So Therefore I Felt Like He Just It Was Not A Good Place For Him To Be 2)were They Are Is Very Far Away From Where I Live 3) Results From His Echocardiogram The Doctor Retract His Basic Diagnosis In A Few Point He Says He's At Stage C Then He Says Well Through Looking At Results Further Information That Oh Not As Severe As Earlier Diagnosis Or Earlier Stated Or You Know I Just Don't No What Is The Problem The Fact That I Followed Up With X-rays And Width With Other Vets And He Has No Fluid Or Liquid Buildup In His Lungs He Has Been Eating And Was Happy And Is Happy As Can Be But There Are Situations Where He's Panting And Where He Can't Breathe And I'm Thinking It Could Also Be The Fact That They Put Him On Viagra Vetmedin And Lasix And Also Enalapril The Cardiologists Said Then That His Heart Has Enlarged 3× It's Size I Asked Him Why He's Not On An Anti-inflammatory Or Put Him On Something To Wear It's Trying To Reduce The Inflammation Or The Leaking Instead Of The Viagra 3×a Day Which Is Making Him Want To Jump On Everything And Overwork Himself And The Lasix Which Is Completely Dehydrating At 50mg The Cardiologists Said Then That His Heart Has Enlarged 3× It's Size I Asked Him Why He's Not On An Anti-inflammatory Or Put Him On Something To Wear It's Trying To Reduce The Inflammation Or Prevent Further Enlargement Or Anything To Help With The Leaking Instead Of The Viagra 3×a Day Which Is Making Him Want To Jump On Everything And Overwork Himself And The Lasix Which Is Completely Dehydrating At 2xaday 50mg The Vetmedin Is 5 Mg 1/4 Tab 2x Aday & Da Epmy Little Boo Boo Is About 12 1/2 Yrsld He's Really A Special Case He Was Born Dead Because His Mama Was Too Small To Carry Him Anyhow The Doctor Performed A C-section On His Mama And When He Came Out He Was Dead The Doctor Shot Him With An Adrenaline Shot And Brought Him Back Since The Moment He Took His First Breath He Has Been The Happiest Most Loving Most Kissing And Love Life Dog Ever Never Once Has He Had A Bad Day Or Sad Moment Or Anything Or Any Health Issues After He Was Brought Back The Doctor Told Us Then And There He Had A Heart Murmur Never Never Once Has He Had Any Problems Health Issues Or Anything Whatsoever In Association With The Heart Murmur With Heart With Anything Period Or To Go And See The Vet Or Be Seen Or Anything Whatsoever Like That All Of A Sudden Last Month He Started Panting And Coughing Out Of The Blue I Immediately Said Congestive Heart Failure Because Of His Heart Murmur Took Him To The Vet They Were Thinking Kennel Cough And Then They Did A Couple Radiographs And What Not And Saw That I Was Correct And It Was Congestive Heart Failure I Had A Lot Of Difficulty Tracking Down A Vet Cardiologists I Finally Found One We Did An Echocardiogram And He Did Not Offer Me A Lot Of Information He Said That His Left Metrical Ventricle Was Leaking Blood An Said He Needed Constant Oxygen And To Be Left There In There Oxygen Chamber To Keep Him There For A Week And I Just Did Not Want To Leave My Baby There With Them Just Because Of The Lack Of Info An Care Also$5007.98 For Oxygen In The Report They Wrote That He'd Be Going In Intervals For Oxygen So Basically Whenever He Would Need It Not To Be Kept There And When I Pointed That Out They Were Like Oh No No He's Going To Be Kept In Their 24/7 And Then They Said Well Depends If He Doesn't Need It We Will Take Him Out Well1)the Whole Purpose Was Constant Oxygen Chamber Not Oh Well We're Going To Rotate Him With Intervals So Therefore I Felt Like It Just It Was Not A Good Place For Him To Be 2)were They Are Is Very Far Away From Where I Live 3) Results From His Echocardiogram The Doctor Retract His Basic Diagnosis In A Few Different Point He Says He's At Stage C Then He Says Well Through Looking At Results Further Information That Oh Not As Severe As Earlier Diagnosis Or Earlier Stated Or You Know I Just Don't No What Is The True Problem The Fact That I Followed Up With X-rays And With Other Vets And He Has No Fluid Or Liquid Buildup In His Lungs He Has Been Eating And Was Happy And Is Happy As Can Be But There Are Situations Where He's Panting And Where He Can't Breathe And I'm Thinking It Could Also Be The Fact That They Put Him On Viagra20mg Vetmedin5mg 1/4tab And Lasix50mg (and Also Add Week Ago Enalapril 20mg 1tab Every 12 Hrs) The Cardiologists Said Then That His Heart Has Enlarged 3× It's Size Cuz He Was Not Given A Steroid An I Asked Him Why He's Not On An Anti-inflammatory Or Put Him On Something To Wear It's Trying To Reduce The Inflammation Or To Help Slow The Leaking Or To Help With The Circulation Of Blood /oxygen Ect.. Instead Of The Viagra 3×a Day Which Is Making Him Want To Jump On Everything And Overwork Himself And The Lasix Which Is Completely Dehydrating At 50mg 2xaday He Said Well Can't Do Anything Now But The Enlarged Heart An That Was That With Info Or Anything So Idk? Now For The Past 2 Days My Baby Boy Has Completely And Utterly Been Just So Sad Not Wanting To Eat Not Wanting To Anything I Feel Like I'm Doing Him More Harm Than Good Due To The Torture Of Pills It's Such Torturous Struggle With The Pills Lately He Picks Through Every Thing That He Is Eating Just To See Whether Or Not There's A Pill The Low Sodium Diet Just Keeping Him Away From Everything And Anything That He Used To Love An Keeping Him Enclosed Now It Just Feels Like He's Given Up On Life He Is Just Not Happy What Should I Do I Also Might Add He Has A Bad Tooth An My Vet Says She's Afraid To Put Him Under To Pull The Tooth Cuz He May Not Come Out Due To Da Murmur Could All This Just Have Been Cuz He Had A Bad Toothache An Now I've Made It Into Chf ??? Iam Truly Sorry For The Novel Iv Writen But I Would Like You To Have All The Info.. As I Have It Anyway... I Do Thank You For Your Time..

Answer:Most Likely Has Leaky Mitral Valves Known As Mitral Regurgitation, Which Is A Common Degenerative Disease Of The Heart In Dogs, Especially In Toy And Smaller Breeds. Treatment Is Typically Straight Forward And/or If You Are Under Care Of Cardiologist, I Would Follow His Or Her Directions I.e Diuretics Like Lasix, Meds To Dilate Blood Vessels Like Enalopril Or Benazopril, As Well As The Wonderful Drug In Recent Years Known As Vetmedin. Other Diuretics To Reduce Fluid May Be Needed Such As Spironolactone, As Well As Sometimes Drugs Like Even Viagra, If The Pressures Are Too High In The Lungs, Which A Veterinary Cardiologist Can Usually Tell You After An Echo. Sometimes I Have Used Nitroglycerin Ointment To The Ear Flaps In Bad Cases, But Cardiologists Today Dont Use That Often Any More. I Would Not Put Him Under To Pull A Tooth, Unless He Gets Clearance By A Cardiologist. Hope This Helps As Your Question Was Very Difficult To Understand And Quite Long

Date: 04/18/16
Category: Cough
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Kennel Cough Or Tracheal Collapse?

Question:Hello Doctor, I Just Got An 8 Week Old Pomapoo From A Friend At School Who Got Him From A Rescue The Day Before. She Took The Puppy Out In A Grassy Area That Gets A Ton Of Dog Traffic Daily. She Had The Dog For Less Than A Day And Once I Got Him, I Noticed The Next Day That The Puppy Was Coughing A Very Dry Cough. It Sounds Like He Is Trying To Cough Up A Hair Ball And At The End Makes A Gagging Sound. He Has Clear Nasal Discharge And Gets Tear Stains. All Signs Point To Kennel Cough. I Took Him To The Rescue's Affiliated Vet Who Said His Lungs Sound Great But Otherwise Wasn't Very Informative. She Sent Us Away With Doxycycline At .02 Cc's Twice A Day For 2 Weeks. Will This Help? If It Doesn't, What Should I Do Next? Lastly, Is It Really Kennel Cough Or Could It Possibly Be Tracheal Collapse? What Should I Look Out For With Each Disease?

Answer:Kennel Cough And/or Tracheal Collapse Are Both Possible, But Likely Kennel Cough. I Would Use The Doxycycline. You Can Also Try Mucinex Cough Medicine For Children At A Dose Of 1 Cc Per 2 Pounds 3 To 4 Times Daily To Help As Cough Suppressant If Vet Has Not Prescribed A Cough Suppressant. It Can Take 2 To 3 Weeks To Run Its Course

Date: 04/11/16
Category: Cough
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Dog Has Got A Cough

Question:I Have A 1 Year Old Exotic Bulldog We Just Got Her A Couple Of Months Ago. She Is Up To Date On Her Shots. We Took Her To A Children's Park 2 Weeks Ago. She Will Eat Also Any Toys Or Whatever She Can Find If Left Alone. Yesterday She Started Coughing. I Looked In Her Throat And Nothing Was Blocking It. She Takes A Couple Short Breaths Then Act Like She Is Going To Throw Up. I'm Wondering If She Has Kennel Cough Though We Don't Normally Take Her Anywhere But Just That One Day At Park. Or Could It Be Something She Chewed On Scratch Her Throat? She Acts Normally! Eat, Drinks, Poops And Plays Just She Has A Bad Cough. I Been Giving Her Honey A Couple Tsp 1-3 Times A Day And Seems To Be Working To Easy The Cough. Also If Not Kennel Cough Could Maybe A Small Piece Of Something Be In Throat? She Hasn't Throw Up Even After Eating And Hacking. Thank You!

Answer:Sounds Like It Could Be Mild Infection Like Kennel Cough, And Doubtful Something In Throat. You Could Try Over The Counter Mucinex Cough Medicine For Children At Dose Of 1 Teaspoon Per 10 Pounds Twice To Three Times Daily. If Signs Persist Or Worsen, See Your Vet For Exam And Possibly Antibiotics, Additional Cough Suppressants, Etc

Date: 04/02/16
Category: Cough
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Persistent Cough

Question:Hi, I Recently Bought A Yorkie Poo. We Got Her Home And She Was Fine And About 4 Days Later She Began Coughing With Much Phlegm Coming Up. She Is 7 Weeks. She Has Been Treated With Doxycycline For 5 Days And Then She Was Treated With Clavamox For About 10 Days. She Does Not Have Anything Coming Up Anymore But She Continues To Cough And Then It Ends With A Loud Hacking Sound Like Something Is Going To Come Up, But Nothing Does. She Is Now Being Treated With A Tiny Dose Of Steroids, But It Does Not Seem To Be Helping Either. She Is Now 11 Weeks. Help!

Answer:I Would Return To Vet For Evaluation And Ask About Antibiotics Like Azithromycin(zithromax) Which I Have Had Good Results With On Kennel Cough. If Viral, The Disease Has To Run Its Course

Date: 03/15/16
Category: Cough
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Air In Esophagus, Possible Due To Coughing?

Question:We Adopted A Healthy Puppy A Month Ago. He Is Now 14 Weeks Old And Was Doing Great Until Last Week, When He Suddenly Developed A Cough. The Coughing Was Non–stop, So We Took Him To The Vet. Were Told That It Looks Like Kennel Cough (which Means The Vaccine Failed!). Got Antibiotics And Had A Chest X-ray. Now, The X-ray Revealed Nothing Bad About The Lungs But Showed Air In The Esophagus. The Vet Says That It Can Be Just Due To The Non-stop Coughing At The Time Of X-ray But She Wants To Repeat X-ray To See If The Air Is Gone. Our Puppy Never Ever Regurgitated Food Or Showed Any Signs Of Esophagus Trouble. I Have A Feeling That The Air In The Esophagus Is Indeed Due To The Bad Coughing And That We Shouldn't Put Him Through Yet Another X-ray. He Is Very Young And Generally Healthy And If It Wasn't For This Sudden Cough Bug We Wouldn't Be Investigating His Esophagus For Sure. As Far As The Coughing Is Concerned, Antibiotics Seem To Be Helping. He Made A Huge Progress Over The First 24 Hours Of Taking Ab (went From Non–stop Coughing To Occasional) And Now That It's Day 4 He Coughs Only A Few Times A Day. I Would Really Appreciate An Opinion/advice Regarding The Esophagus Issue. I Am Obviously Very Reluctant To Put This Puppy Through So Many X-rays When He Doesn't Have A Single Symptom Of Esophagus Trouble. I'm Curious How Likely It Is That The Air Was Just Caused By The Cough. Thank You!!

Answer:Air Could Have Been Caused By Cough, Etc. X Rays Are Not Dangerous To Puppies In Terms Of Radiation Exposure, But If You Are Hesitant To Follow Your Vet's Direction, Ask Him Or Her To Send X Rays Out To Idex Or Other X Ray Reading Specialty Group, And They Can Likely Ease Your Mind That The Puppy Does Not Have Megaesophagus

Date: 03/01/16
Category: Cough
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Dry Heaving

Question:My 5.5 Month Old Standard Poodle/australian Sheep Dog Mix Has Been "dry Heaving" Off And On All Night. Most Recently It Has Been A 15 Minute Stretch. He Coughed A Few Times This Morning, Was Fine All Day, And Then Coughed A Few More Times Later In The Day. We Ran Out To Get Dinner And When We Returned He Was Coughing Like He Had Choked Himself Getting Excited That We Came Home. After That He Seemed Fine. He Ate, Drank, Went Potty And Poop All Normal. At About 9:00 He Really Started To Dry Heave But Never Puked. He Does Appear To Get A Little Something Up That He Re-chews And Swallows. It Sounds Awful But He Does Not Appear To Be In Pain. His Breathing Is Normal But The Coughing Is Bothering Him. He Was At The Vet 7 Days Ago To Get Fixed. He Had Never Puked Before That, But He Did One Morning After Getting His Medicine That Was Really Mushy. He Puked A Few Days After That In The Afternoon That Was A Pile Of Dog Food; Which He Proceeded To Re-eat. Help!

Answer:Sounds Like He Could Have Picked Up An Infection Post His Neuter/stress Of That Procedure. He May Have Picked Up Kennel Cough, Etc Or Irritation From Tracheal Tube Used During Procedure. Best To Go To Vet For Proper Exam, Likely Antibiotics, Cough Suppressants, Etc

Date: 01/31/16
Category: Cough
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Kennel Cough

Question:My Female Puppy Is 6 Months Old. 6 Weeks Ago - She Developed Kennel Cough. She Was Put On Doxycycline For 7 Days. Cough Never Got Better. 3 Weeks Later - She Was Put On Clavamox For 7 Days. Still No Improvement. Now My Vet Gave Her Zeniquin 25 Mg For 10 Days. Is This An Appropriate Drug For Kennel Cough? Why After 6 Weeks Is She Not Improving? She Did Have Xray Last Week Which Showed Bronchitis. Please Advise. Thanks

Answer:Kennel Cough Not Likely Which Resolves In 10-14 Days No Matter What Drug Is Used. Your Dog Likely Has Other Chronic Airway Disease Here, Or Parasite, Etc I Would Ask Vet To Worm Her With Panacure C For 6 Days, As Well As Consider Meds Like Temaril P, Etc Sometimes A Tracheal Wash Is Needed For Proper Diagnosis If Cough Persists.

Date: 01/26/16
Category: Cough
Pet Type: Cat
Topic: Cat And Kennel Cough

Question:Can Kennel Cough Be Transmitted From A Cat To A Dog?? My Cat Went In To Be Spayed And Now Has Been Sneezing. Maybe It Is Kennel Cough? Can It Spread To My Yorkie??

Answer:Recent Research Does Show That On Rare Occasions, Kennel Cough And/or Upper Respiratory Diseases Can Go From Cat To Dog Rarelyt

Date: 01/16/16
Category: Cough
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: My Dog Is Coughing And/or Gagging?

Question:I Have A 5 Year Old Bichon Frise/havanese. Recently He Has Been Coughing/or Sort Of Gagging/trying To Clear His Throat Type Symptoms. Recently In His I Have Noticed On Three Occasions There Were Some Paper Towel Type Pieces Mixed In With His Stool. I Live With Other Occupants And A Five Year Old That He May Have Gotten A Paper Towel With Food On It As He Is Always Trying To Eat People Food, Which I Don't Allow. He Is Up To Date On All His Medical Care (flea Medication/heartworm/etc.) My Question Is Can I Give Him Something Household Like A Teaspoon Of Olive Oil To Help Him Clear His Throat Or What Can I Give Him. This Is An Old Remedy My Father Use To Give Our Dogs When I Was Young. Chad, My Dog, Seems To Be Trying To Clear His Throat. This Does Not Occur All Day. Usually In The Mornings. This Is The Third Day So Far With These Symptoms. Please Advise. He Just Went To The Vet Last Week For His Comprehensive Physical Exam, Fecal Sample Collection And Bordetella Vaccine.

Answer:Your Last Sentence Clinches It For Me. As Both An Experienced 25 Year Conventional Veterinarian And Holistic Veterinarian, I Suspect This Is A Typical "vaccinosis" Post Kennel Cough Or Bordatella Vaccination. I Am Not A Fan Of That Vaccination As I Dont Think It Works, And I Have Seen It Cause New And Chronic Coughs In The Weeks And Months Ahead After It Is Adminstered. The Olive Oil Is Fine, But You Will Likely Need Stronger Meds From Your Vet I.e Either Antibiotics And/or Anti Inflammatory Cough Meds Like Temaril P. Would Be A Good Case To Treat Holistically/homeopathically, Who Are Practitioners Who Recognize When This Syndrome Occurs, And Can Treat It More Naturally. To Learn More, See The Information On My Website Www.doctordym.com

Date: 01/05/16
Category: Cough
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Dry Cough

Question:My Friends Dog Has Had A Really Bad Dry Cough. Should He Take Him To The Vet To Check For Kennel Cough? Thank You

Answer:If Cough Persist Or Worsens, See Vet For Exam And Evaluation And Possibly Antibiotics And Cough Suppressants. Most Cases Of Simple Kennel Cough Resolves On Own Within 10-14 Days. You Can Use Over The Counter Cough Suppressant Such As Mucinex Cough Medicine For Children At Dose Of 1 Teaspoon Per 5 Pounds Of Body Weight 3 To 4 Times Daily

Date: 11/26/15
Category: Cough
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Coughing

Question:I Just Rescued A 6 Yr Old Pomeranian And He Has Developed A Bad Cough My Vet Checked Him Out And Said His Lungs Were Clear His Sinuses Were Clear And His Heart Was Good What Could Be Causing This Cough?? It Is Getting To The Point That Every Time He Gets Up He Starts Coughing But Not When He Sleeps

Answer:I Would Have Vet Rule Out Kennel Cough First, As May Need A Script For A Good Antibiotic. If No Infection Present, The Other Big Differential In Case Like This In This Breed Is Collapsing Trachea, Which Usually Needs Chronic Intermittent Medications To Control I.e Temaril P, Bronchodilators Like Theophylline, Etc. Your Vet Should Do X Rays, Etc If Signs Persist.

Date: 11/04/15
Category: Antibiotics/Anti-Infectives
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Kennel Cough

Question:Hello My Dog Has Kennel Cough, She Has Been Taking Antibiotics Since Monday. I Am Due To Collect My New Puppy On Monday The 8th, She Will Have Only Had Her 1st Set Of Injections. Will She Be Ok In The Same House??

Answer:Kennel Cough Can Still Be Potentially Contagious Up To A Few Weeks Out.

Date: 11/01/15
Category: Cough
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Kennel Cough

Question:Can Cats Get Kennel Cough From Dogs?

Answer:It Is Possible For Cats To Get Bordatella(kennel Cough From Dogs) Based On New Research In Recent Years.

Date: 10/29/15
Category: Other
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Lyme Disease Treatment Or Not

Question:We Are Currently Treating Our Dog For Kennel Cough With Doxycycline. At The End Of Treatment. We Had Lapsed 1 Month With His Tick Medication And We Found 3 Ticks On Him Last Week. One Was Large, Other 2 Small, We Had The Vet Pull Them Off And It Left A Red Area. Question Is, Due To Possibility Of Lyme Disease, Should We Continue To Treat With Doxycycline For 3 More Weeks Incase, These Ticks Transmitted Lyme Disease? He Has No Signs Of It And We Cant Test Yet They Said Because Won't Show In Test. I Am Concerned About Treating Him Unnecessarily With Any Medication And Worry About His Stomach Taking This Medication For A Month If Not Necessary. But If These Ticks Have Transmitted Lyme Disease, I Feel It's Crucial To Start Treating At Once Rather Than Let The Disease Progress Possibly Into The Kidneys As I Have Read. What Would You Suggest? Treat Him Without The Test To Know Or Wait To Test?

Answer:Treating For Another 3 Weeks With Doxycycline Wont Hurt Your Dog, So I Would Recommend That Course Of Treatment. I Would Not Worry About Testing At This Time

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