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Dr. Michael Dym
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Date: 09/19/16
Category: Cough
Pet Type: Cat
Topic: Can My Cat Get Kennel Cough From A Dog

Question:My Mother Adopted A Dog From The Spca Over The Weekend And They Had A Kennel Cough Outbreak. They Assured Us He Is Fine And Went Ahead With Sterilisation. He Is Now Showing Symptoms Of Kennel Cough. He Is Kept Apart From My Cat And We Will Take Him To The Vet If The Symptoms Worsen. My Question Is, Can My Cat (vaccinations Up To Date) Get Kennel Cough From The Dog? Thank You

Answer:We Used To Not Think So, But Now We Are Understanding That Cats May Be Susceptible To The Bordatella Bacteria And/or Other Viruses Involved With Kennel Cough Complex In Dogs. See Vet If Signs Persist Or Worsen

Date: 09/10/16
Category: Antibiotics/Anti-Infectives
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Kennel Cough

Question:What Is The Best Antibiotic Is Best To Give My Dog She Is An American Pit Bull About 50lbs 6 Yrs Old

Answer:Antibiotic Choice Is Based On Veterinary Preference, Choice And Physical Exam. Many Antibiotics Considered Include Those Of The Quinolone Class I.e Baytril Or Zeniquan, And Doxycycline. All Are Prescription Meds. Important To Know That Many Cases Of Kennel Cough Are Viral In Cause, And Simply Must Run Course On Its Own

Date: 09/06/16
Category: Other
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: 10 Month Old Pit/terrier Abnormal Breathing

Question:Hi, My Fiancé And I Adopted A 10 Month Old Pitbull/terrier 08-29-16. She Had Only Been In The Shelter A Few Days When We Got Her. She Was Spayed And Vaccinated Through The Shelter The Week We Picked Her Up About 4 Days After Her Adoption. We've Had Her 3 Days And She Has Now Developed A Odd Cough Almost As If She Is Trying To Vomit But She Won't Completely Cough Up. When She Does Cough She Makes A Gurgling Noise. Her Nose Is Runny, But All Fluids Are Clear. She Seems A Bit Warm. Also She Sleeps A Lot And Is Up During The Night. But When We Walk Her She Seems Fine Other Than The Weird Noise If She Try To Bark Or After She's Been Lying Down For Awhile. She Drinks Water And Eats Her Food. I'm Not Sure What To Do. Shes Taking Deworming Meds Right Now.i Just Want To Know If She Has A Virus Or Something Lodged In Her Throat?

Answer:Sounds Like She Likely Has Kennel Cough Complex, Which Is Due To A Combination Of Viruses And/or Bacteria. Best To Take To Vet For Exam And Evaluation And Possibly Antibiotics. Kennel Cough Often Sounds Like Choking.

Date: 09/06/16
Category: Cough
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Kennel Cough

Question:My Chesapeake Bay Retriever Started Coughing Sounds Like Kennel Cough. My Lab Is Not Coughing Yet How Long Til He Will Be And Shld I Go To Vet It Treat Over The Counter Meds

Answer:If Cough Persists, Intensifies Or Worsens, Best To Have Vet Exam And Evaluation And Workup

Date: 09/03/16
Category: Cough
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Puppy Cough

Question:Can I Get An Over The Counter Medicine For My New Puppy? He Is 8 Weeks Old. I Think He Has Kennel Cough & The Vet Can't See Me Right Away.

Answer:You Can Try Mucinex Cough Medicine For Children At Dose Of 1 Teaspoon Per 10 Pounds Of Body Weight Twice To Three Times Daily Until You Can Get To Vet. Make Sure It Is Childrens Formulat

Date: 09/01/16
Category: Cough
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Recent Cough

Question:Yesterday Morning My Dog Was Fine. As Of The Afternoon He Was Coughing And Hacking Like There Was Something In His Throat. I Looked Up And It Sounds Like Kennel Cough. He Is Still Eating And Drinking And Is Otherwise Healthy (stable Stools). He Already Has His Bordatella And Parainfluenza Vaccinations So I Was Curious If The Cough Could Be Kennel Cough Or Not. I Do Not Board Him And He Just Recently Started It.

Answer:Still Possible To Have Kennel Cough, As In My Opinion And Experience, I Have Not Seen These Shots To Be Effective And I Think I See More Kennel Cough In Pets Vaccinated With These Viruses. There Are Many Other Possible Causes Of Cough From Mild Viral/bacterial Infections To Collapsing Trachea, Parasites, Etc. If Signs Persist Or Worsen, Best To Take To Vet For Proper Exam And Workup

Date: 08/22/16
Category: Cough
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Kennel Cough

Question:I Have A Pomeranian That Is Approx. 15 Years Old And He Has A Cough And Wheezing Sound. Sometimes He Coughs Phlegm. Is This Kennel Cough. I Have Taken Him To A Vet And They Thought He Has Allergies. I Might Add He Eats Really Good.

Answer:Many Possibilities From Collapsing Trachea To Reverse Sneezing, Which You Can Look Up On U Tube For Video. Also Chronic Airaway Allergies, Parasites, Secondary Infection ,Etc Are All Possible, In Addition To Heart Issues. Should Have X Rays At This Point And Workup

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: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: 07/31/16
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: 07/24/16
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

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