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Dr. Michael Dym
Dr. Michael Dym
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Date: 08/19/16
Category: Cough
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Kennel Cough

Question:Is My Dog Supposed To Experience Runny Stools With Kennel Cough?

Answer:Runny Stools Is Not A Part Of Kennel Cough Symptom Complex. Could Be Related To Separate Issue, Including Gi Parasites, And/or Viral Inflammation, As Well As Diarrhea Can Occur Even Secondary To Antibiotics Being Used To Treat The Kennel Cough. I Would See Vet If Signs Persist Or Worsen

Date: 08/16/16
Category: Seizure Disorder
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Post Poison

Question:My Father Recently Adopted A Dog, The Shelter Said She Has A Reaction To Have Been Poisoned At Some Time. Her Reaction Is Like Hiccups Or The Motion Of Wanting To Vomit, But No Choking. She Runs, Plays, Eats And Does All Other Dog Things, But I'm Curious If There's A Medication That Can Calm This Reaction. Thank You

Answer:You Can Try Pepcid Ac At Dose Of 1 Mg Per Pound Twice Daily, However If Signs Persist Needs Proper Vet Check And Workup I.e Blood Work X Rays, Etc. Also Kennel Cough Can Sound Like Gagging And Vomiting, So You Should See Vet If Signs Persist Or Worsen

Date: 08/11/16
Category: Cough
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Kennel Cough

Question:My Dog Has Kennel Cough . He Is About 6 Yrs Old And A German Shepard . He Isn't Eating , May Be Running A Temp . What Should I Get To Help Cure It Sooner Then Doing Nothing . Just Because Of His Age I Think It's Taking A Toll On Him .

Answer:I Would Not Assume Kennel Cough, Unless Your Vet Has Properly Examined And Evaluated Him. Most Cases Of Simple Kennel Cough Will Resolve On Its Own Within 10 Days, However Other Causes Of Cough And Fever, Etc Such As More Serious Lung Infection Or Other Issue Will Need Medical Attention Based On Blood Work And Possibly X Rays, Etc

Date: 08/07/16
Category: Cough
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Thinks He Has Kennel Cough

Question:My 2yr Old Jack Russell Was Border In A Kennel For 4 Days. He Was Home For Two Days When He Started Coughing.. Now He Sneezes All The Time And Has A Clear Discharge From His Nose Don't Notice Cough Anymore

Answer:It May Simply Run Its Course If Simple Kennel Cough. If Signs Persist Or Worsen, See Vet For Evaluation And Possibly Antibiotics, Etc

Date: 08/07/16
Category: Cough
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Kennel Cough

Question:I Have A 5 Year Old Chiuwawa . This Past Year When I Travel 45 Min In The Car With Him He Gets What Sounds Like Kennel Cough. It's A Constant Cough , Followed By A Gag Sound. This Trip Never Bothered Him Before. I Read That Kennel Cough Is Contagious, But He Appears To Develop This As A Stress Related Issue. He Pants Really Hard In The Car , Then Coughs Really Bad For About 2 Weeks. Does This Sound Like Kennel Cough ? Can Stress Cause This ? Sadly , I Don't Think I Can Take Him On Car Trips Anymore.

Answer:Not Sound Like Kennel Cough But It Is Possible. Stress Can Trigger Overgrowth Of Bordatella In Dog Airways, Which Is Normally There In Low Numbers. You May Want To Put Him On Immune Boosters Like Echinacea Or Goldenseal As Well As Cough Suppressants Right Before Traveling In Car And Continuing For Several Days

Date: 07/31/16
Category: Cough
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Kennel Cough

Question:Dog Has Kennel Cough He Keeps Bringing Up His Food And Phlegm It's Been 24 Hours And He Does It About Every Hour Sometimes More. He Was Given Docycline He Is 4 Years Old

Answer:Answered Previously

Date: 07/31/16
Category: Cough
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Kennel Cough

Question:Dog Has Kennel Cough He Keeps Bringing Up His Food And Phlegm It's Been 24 Hours And He Does It About Every Hour Sometimes More. He Was Given Docycline He Is 4 Years Old

Answer:If Vomiting Persists, Could Be Side Effect Of Doxycycline, Which Can Sometimes Also Itself Cause Inflammation Of Throat And/or Esophagus, If It Is Not Washed Down With Water At Time Of Administering To Dog. I Would See Vet For Recheck If Signs Persist Or Worsen

Date: 07/24/16
Category: Cough
Pet Type: Cat
Topic: Kennel Cough

Question:How Much Mucinz Cough Children's Medicine Is Portionate To A 8 Month Old Cat. That Is Acting Like Normal But Still Has The Kennel Cough

Answer:I Personally Dont Use Mucinex In Cats. You Could Try Chlorphenirimine Antihistamine At Dose Of 1 Or 2 Mg Twice Daily And Immune Booster Like Dmg Liquid From 1800petmeds, But Best To See Vet For Evaluation And Proper Prescription Medicine

Date: 07/07/16
Category: Cough
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Kennel Cough

Question:We Just Adopted A Puppy From Animal Services And She Has Kennel Cough And On Medication. Now My Older Dogs Are Both Coughing And Sneezing. Is There Anything I Can Get Over The Counter Because I Cant Afford To Take To Vet. Please Help.

Answer:You Can Try The Natural Herb Used In People Known As Elderberry From The Health Food Store Which Can Help With Infectious Coughs. Giving Extra Vitamin C In Form Of Oral Ester C Can Also Help At 500 To 1000 Mg Twice Daily Depending On Size Of Dogs. Mucinex Cough Medicine For Children Liquid Can Also Help At A Dose Of One Teaspoon Per 10 Pounds Of Body Weight Three Times Daily As Needed As Cough Suppressant Until Cough Passes Over 10-14 Days. If Signs Persist Or Worsen, See Your Vet

Date: 06/21/16
Category: Cough
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Kennel Cough

Question:Dear Dr. Dym, My Dog Named Harley Has Been Coughing Constantly And He Sounds Like A Goose And Is Coughing Up Clear Stuff. I Don't Have The Money To Take Him To The Vet So I Was Wondering What Is There Over The Counter That I Can Give Him?

Answer:You Can Try Mucinex Cough Medicine For Children At Dose Of 1 Teaspoon Per 10 Pounds Of Body Weight 3 To 4 Times Daily, However Make Sure It Is This Specific Formula. You Can Also Try Elderberry Natural Herbal Syrup From Health Food Store. However It Is Always Best, If In Doubt To Have Vet Exam And Evaluation To Rule Out Other Causes Of Cough Besides Kennel Cough

Date: 06/05/16
Category: Cough
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Kennel Cough

Question:Can Kennel Cough Be Passed From A Dog To A Cat? And How Long Is The Dog Contagious?

Answer:In Recent Years, It Has Been Documented That Kennel Cough Can Be Transmitted To Cat. Can Be Contagious To Cat Up To A Few Weeks. Bordatella Can Affect Cats. Sometimes Antibiotics Are Needed For Both. See Your Vet If Signs Persist

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

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