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Ask the Vet About Kennel Cough in Dogs and Cats

Kennel Cough in Dogs and Cats
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Ask the Vet About Kennel Cough in Dogs and Cats
MichaelDym, V.M.D.
Michael Dym, V.M.D.
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As a practicing veterinarian, Dr. Dym has over 19 years of experience and dedication to enhancing the overall health and well-being of pets. His commitment and passion for pet health continuously drives him to learn more about the art and science of homeopathy through ongoing training and education.

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Date: Mar 14, 2017
Category: Kennel Cough
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Breathing

Question:Hello, My dog is a 12 yo shih tzu poodle mix. Two weeks ago I took him to a new groomer, two hours later after getting him home he was coughing as if he had something stuck in his throat. The only other time I've seen him struggle this way was after receiving his shots. He now seems to have difficulty breathing and sleeps with his head in an upright position. I intend to take him to the vet since the otc gel does not seem to be relieving him at all. Additional info. he is eating and drinking normally and still enjoying his treats. Thank you.

Answer:He may have come down with kennel cough from the stress and/or had a flareup of a collapsing trachea or allergy induced COPD. Many time there are lots of air born allergens floating around the grooming parlor that pets may react to. If signs persist or worsen, see your vet as he may need workup, including x rays, etc and/or at least an antibiotic or cough suppressant.

Date: Mar 4, 2017
Category: Kennel Cough
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: diagnosis & cause

Question:My dog had her Robellio vac a few days before I had to put her at a kennel due to my family going on a short vacation. She stayed two days then the next morning she started the horrible cough. I took her to my usual vet next door to kennel. They are telling me it's from the vaccination. Is this a possibility?

Answer:I don't know which vaccine she was given - "Robellio" isn't a name we call a vaccine, at least around here. If you mean Rabies vaccine, then No, coughing is not a side effect of the Rabies vaccine. If you mean Bordetella (Kennel cough) vaccine, then Yes, it's possible that the vaccine caused the coughing. It is also possible that she came into contact with a sick a dog and caught the cough from the sick dog in the kennel. (Just like a child that goes to day care.)

Date: Mar 3, 2017
Category: Kennel Cough
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Run its course?

Question:I just adopted a 9 week old lab/retriever from a shelter. about 6-7 days later he started hacking/coughing and gagging but it is never productive. I'm pretty positive its kennel cough and after almost 2 days of onset of cough in puppy, my older dog just started coughing as well. Is there an antibiotic I can give them both without a vet prescription? Or should I just let it run its course?

Answer:If they are feeling pretty good (normal energy level, still eating fine, etc) it is generally better to let it run it's course. If they start to feel bad (mopey/lethargic, not eating very well, etc) see your veterinarian for a check-up.

Date: Mar 3, 2017
Category: Kennel Cough
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Kennel cough

Question:I adopted a 11 month old puppy last Saturday and she had Kennel cough, my 4 year old got it but he seems to having a rough patch of it.the adopted dogs is better and the older one is sneezing and seems all congested now. He isn't coughing anymore so that's good. Is there anything I can get for him over the counter? Rebecca

Answer:I don't know exactly what you mean by "rough patch" since his cough is better. It makes me worry that he may have a secondary infection that is making him run a temperature so he may need antibiotics. I would have your veterinarian listen to his lungs and take his temperature and make a decision about any medication based on what he/she finds.

Date: Jan 14, 2017
Category: Kennel Cough
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: help

Question:So my dog nico went on Jan 2 2017 to get neutered he got kennel cough from the place he went. I have 3 other dogs and one of them just had puppies. So I took him to vet and they gave him doxycycline 100mg that was on the 8th it is the 14th now and I just gave him a dose of Robitussin children's cough syrup because he is still coughing but only now 3 out of 4 of them are now so all 3 got a dose I'm so worried about the puppies as there mom is one of them who is sick. They r 5 weeks old and she has not been feeding them cause of there teeth. But I can't keep her away from them for long. What should I do? Also right after I gave nico the syrup he started having up all kinds of mucus. The other 2 did not gag anything up yet is he ok?

Answer:I would return to vet if coughing persists or worsens. A different antibiotic such as enrofloxacin as well as other cough suppressants such as prescription temaril P may be needed. I would wean puppies off of the mother on to solid food

Date: Jan 2, 2017
Category: Kennel Cough
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Coughing

Question:My 10 1/2 Year Old Pug Has Been Coughing For 3 Days Now. He Is Never Around Any Other Dogs. His Cough Sounds Like A Barking Sound Almost Like He Has A Hair Ball. It Comes A Goes But Happens Quite Often, Especially When He Become Active. He Is Drinking Water But Not Eating Much. He Was Perfectly Fine Before This. He Weighs 25lbs.

Answer:Many possibilities but in this breed I often think of collapsing trachea and/or something known as Chronic obstructive pulmonary or airway disease, known as COPD. Less likely heart valve issues. I would recommend vet exam and likely blood test for heart worms as well as possibly x rays to assess for these other conditions

Date: Dec 29, 2016
Category: Kennel Cough
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Kennel Cough

Question:Can I Give My Dog Amoxicillin\clavulin 500/125

Answer:That Is A Possible Prescription Antibiotic For Kennel Cough, Although I Do Prefer Other Prescription Antibiotics Such As Baytril And Doxycycline. Your Vet Is The One Who Can Best Decide On Whether Either Of These Prescription Antibiotics Are Appropriate For Your Pet. You Can Try Immune Boosters Such As Dmg Liquid From 1800petmeds, As Well As Elderberry From Health Food Store

Date: Dec 28, 2016
Category: Kennel Cough
Pet Type: Cat
Topic: Kennel Cough

Question:I Bought A 15 Month Old Male Cat From A Pet Store And He Has A Horse Sounding Meow And A Cough With Discharge In The Corner Of His Eyes. Also He Is Very Thin. His Appetite Is Good And He Is Drinking Water And Using The Litter Box Fine. What Should I Do? I Have A Two Year Old Cat Bought From The Same Store Who When I Got Her Home Had The Same Symptoms But They Cleared Up Within Two Weeks. I'm Worried The New Male Cat Will Pass This On To The Female Who Isn't Sick. He Has Been Home With Us For Two Days Now. Any Suggestions?

Answer:Best To Take To Vet For Proper Exam And Evaluation As May Need Prescription Oral Antibiotic. However, Many Cats Also Have Viruses Like Feline Rhinotracheitis Virus(known As Feline Herpes Virus) Or One Known As Feline Calici Virus. Antibiotics Dont Help With These But Can Prevent Secondary Infection. You Can Also Try Immune Boosting Agents Such As Dmg Liquid From 1800petmeds, As Well As Oral Lysine Products Which May Help With Feline Herpes Virus

Date: Dec 1, 2016
Category: Kennel Cough
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Kennel Cough

Question:I Just Adopted A 1 Year Old Dog From A Shelter. She Had Bad Kennel Caugh And They Gave Her To Me With A 10 Day Prescription For Doxycycline. She Seems To Be Getting Better But I Have Two Concerns. First, She Seems To Be Coughing Up What Looks Like Blood Sometimes. Is This Just Irritation From It Likely Going Untreated For So Long, Or Should I Be More Worried? Secondly, How Long Should I Be Keeping Her Away From Other Dogs Not To Pass On The Infection? We Are On Day Four Of The Prescription. Thank You So Much!

Answer:I Would Keep Her Separate From Other Dogs In House And/or From Dog Parks, Etc For At Least 2 Weeks. As For The Coughing Up Blood, Best To See Vet Again For Recheck To Make Sure No New Antibiotic Needed And/or To See If Other Causes Such As Worms, Etc By Stool Checks, Etc

Date: Nov 29, 2016
Category: Kennel Cough
Pet Type: Cat
Topic: Kennel Cough

Question:My Cat Recently Came Into Contact With Our Newly Adopted Puppy From The Humane Society And Previous To Adopting Our Puppy She Was Treated For Kennel Cough. We Waited A Bit Prior To Introducing Them So As To Now Infect Our Cat Kevin. Well Within The Last 2 Days Our Cat, Kevin, Has Been Showing Symptoms Of Kennel Cough, Sneezing, Light Coughing, And Mucusy Sounds. My Husband Can't Afford To Take Kevin To The Vet At The Moment, Living Paycheck To Paycheck, And Were Wondering If We Needed To Take Him To The Vet Or If We Could Just Try To Make Him More Comfortable While It Runs Its Course. Kevin Is About 1.5 Years Old, Has A Healthy Appetite, Has Not Shown Signs Of Fever And Is Being Isolated From The Puppy. We Have Set Him Up In A Room With A Humidifier And Have Been Feeding Him Plain Turkey Broth With His Regular Crunchies. What Over The Counter Medicines Or Homeopathics Can You Recommend To Make Him More Comfortable? Thank You So Much. sincerely, Cassandra Baldwin

Answer:Best To See Vet If Signs Persist Or Worsen. You Can Try Dmg Liquid From 1800petmeds To Boost Immune System, As Well As Lysine Products, Which Can Help If Viral Cause Like Feline Herpes Virus. You Can Also Try Elderberry From Health Food Store And Use Pediatric Dose. Best To See Vet However

Date: Nov 24, 2016
Category: Kennel Cough
Pet Type: Cat
Topic: Treatment

Question:My Dog Was Showing Signs Of Kennel Cough In The Last Couple Weeks, But Is Now Fine. On The Wknd We Had A Pup Visit From Her Sister For The Weekend. Shortly After I Noticed My Cat Looking Unwell. He Is Now Coughing And Sneezing. I Will Add I Have Also Been Coughing Incessantly For A Week. I Feel Like We All Have/had Kennel Cough. Is This Possible? Cross Species Transfer? And How Can I Cure My Cat (and Me Too) Plz?

Answer:As Far As We Know, Kennel Cough Bacterial And Viral Disease Complex Does Not Cause Disease In Humans, Although Dogs And Cats May Be Contagious With Each Other With Bordatella, As Well As Other Possible Components Of The Kennel Cough Complex. You Could Try Immune Boosters Like Dmg Liquid From 1800petmeds, As Well As Pediatric Echinacea And Goldenseal, Which You Can Get From Local Health Food Store. See Vet If Signs Persist Or Worsen, As May Need Prescription Antibiotic, Etc

Date: Nov 18, 2016
Category: Kennel Cough
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Persistant Cough

Question:My 4 Month Maltese Mix Has Had A Dry Cough For The Past Month. I Took Her To The Vet When It Started Getting Worse And He Prescribed Clavaseptin For 15 Days. Its Day 13 And Even Though It's A Lot Better, The Cough Is Still There. She Coughs When She Runs Too Fast, Tugs On The Harness, And Randomly Sometimes When She's Laying Down Or Sitting. The Only Other Symptom She Has Is Sneezing Which Is Almost Always Accompanied By Coughing. After A Few Coughs And Sneezes She Makes A Hacking Sound And Then Swallows Whatever She Coughed Up. She Has Great Appetite And Energy. I'm Just Worried It Could Be Something Serious. What Should I Do? The Vet Suggested A Cardiac Ultrasound If The Antibiotics Don't Work.

Answer:I Dont Think A Cardiac Ultrasound Is Needed In Most Cases In Pet This Age, Especially If No Heart Murmur Is Present And/or Heart Rate And Rhythm Are Normal On Exam. Pet May Need Stronger Antibiotic, Or Perhaps Short Course Of Anti Cough Medication Such As Prescription Temaril P, If Your Vet Thinks Is Appropriate. I Would Ask For Second Opinion From Other Vet In Your Area Who Can Evaluate Your Dog. Sometimes Kennel Cough Complex Can Take Weeks To Fully Resolve In Little Puppies Like This In My Opinion And Experience. X Rays Should Be Done As Well

Date: Nov 17, 2016
Category: Kennel Cough
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Cough Followed By Wheezing And Vomitting

Question:My Dog Keeps Coughing And Everytime It's Followed By Him Vomiting Should I Take Him To The Emergency Room

Answer:If Coughing Persists Or Worsens, A Veterinary Evaluation Is Indeed Recommended

Date: Nov 17, 2016
Category: Kennel Cough
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Recent Cough

Question:I Just Got A Kitten From A Shelter About A Week Ago. The Kitten Has An Upper Respiratory Infection And Is Being Treated. A Few Days After I Brought The Kitten Home My Dog Started Coughing And Sneezing. I Asked The Shelter If This Was Contagious And They Said No But Obviously It Must Be. What Can I Do For My Dog? I Am On A Fixed Income And Do Not Have Much Money. Can You Please Help Me? Thanks, Marlana

Answer:Kittens And/or Cats From Shelters May Indeed Occasionally Have Contagious Bordatella(the Causative Agent Of Kennel Cough In Dogs) That May Cause Coughing And/or Sneezing In Dogs. It May Be Worthwhile Putting Both On Immune Supplements Like Dmg Liquid From 1800petmeds, As Well As L Lysine Products. Also Immune Boosters From Health Food Store Like Elderberry Syrup May Also Help. Usually Simple Kennel Cough Runs Its Course On Its Own, However If Signs Persists Or Worsen, See Vet For Antibiotics, Etc

Date: Oct 31, 2016
Category: Kennel Cough
Pet Type: Cat
Topic: Kennel Cough

Question:I Recently Rescued A Puppy From A Shelter. After Bringing This Puppy Home To My Other Puppy And 3 Cats We Discovered That He Was Very Sick. We Took Him Back After 24 Hours To Find Out He Had Kennel Cough, Ear Infections And A Parasite In His Stomach. This All Took Place On October 17th. Since Then I Have Had To Take The Rescued Pup And My Other Pup To The Vet To Be Treated For Kennel Cough Again. Yesterday, One Of My Cats Starting Sneezing, Has A Little Cough And Her Nose Is Dripping. Could She Have Kennel Cough As Well? How Long Before I Should Take Her To Be Seen By The Vet?

Answer:I Would Take Cat In To See Vet. Yes, Bordatella Can Be Transmitted To Cats As Shown In Recent Years. You Can Try Antihistamine Like Chlorphenirimine At Dose Of 2 Mg Twice Daily As Well As Dmg Liquid To Boost Immune System From 1800petmeds. Best, However To See Vet For Proper Diagnosis And Possibly Prescription Antibiotic


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