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Kennel Cough in Dogs and Cats
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Ask the Vet About Kennel Cough in Dogs and Cats
Dr. Michael Dym
Dr. Michael Dym
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Date: 11/24/16
Category: 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: 11/20/16
Category: Allergy
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Allergy Relief For My Dog.

Question:Hi I Recently Adopted My Dog From An Animal Shelter. It Has Been 4 Weeks In The Beginning I Was Under The Impression That He Might Of Had Kennel Cough, I Treated This With Small Doses Of Amoxicillin For 4 Days. The Cough Seemed To Regress, But A Running Nose With Green Discharge Started Up And Seems To Be Getting Worse As I Now Have To Wipe His Nose More Often. Also This Discharge Is More Concentrated To His Left Nostril. Looking On The Internet I Have Researched That Human Allergy Medicine Does Work With Dogs, Is This True? If So What Would You Recommend For A Runny Nose? Unfortunately I Do Not Have An Abundance Of Money And A Vet Bill Would Really Set Me Back. If There Is A Medicine I Can Try Before The Vet Will You Please Point Me In The Right Direction? Thank You For Your Time Hope To Hear From You Soon!

Answer:You Can Try Over The Counter Cough Suppressant Such As Mucinex Cough Medicine For Children At Dose Of 1 Teaspoon Per 10 Pounds Of Body Weight Three Times Daily, However Best To Have Pet Seen By Local Vet For Likely Stronger Antibiotic, Cough Suppressant, Etc

Date: 11/18/16
Category: 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: 11/17/16
Category: 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: 11/15/16
Category: Antibiotics/Anti-Infectives
Pet Type: Cat
Topic: Kennel Cough In Stray Kitten

Question:I Found A Stray Kitten, Probably Around 4-5 Months Old. He Displays All Symptoms Of Kennel Cough (coughing, Sneezing, Runny Nose And Eyes). He Still Has A Good Appetite And High Energy. What Should I Do To Treat It?

Answer:Best To See Vet For Proper Exam And Likely Prescription Topical And Oral Antibiotic. You Can Try Mild Antihistamine Such As Chlorphenirmine At Dose Of 1 Mg Twice Daily As Well As Dmg Immune Boosting Liquid From 1800petmeds Until You Can See Vet

Date: 10/31/16
Category: 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

Date: 10/23/16
Category: Cough
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Vega Drops

Question:Hi, Are Cefa Drops Beneficial For Kennel Cough? I Have A Foster Here With A 104.2 And Horrible Kennel Cough

Answer:This Wont Likely Hurt, But There Are Better Antibiotics For Kennel Cough Such As Doxycycline, Baytril, Etc. Best To See Vet For Proper Antibiotic If Signs Persist Or Worsen.

Date: 10/10/16
Category: Other
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Upper Respatory Infection

Question:Hello. I Adopted A Matltise Mix On Saturday That Is 1 Year 7 Months. Within A Little While Of Leaving The Humane Society She Presented Symptoms Of A Cold. She Is Sneezing Alot, Has Alot Of Secreation Fro The Nose That Has Become Smelly, And Seems To Choke On It. She Also Has Not Eaten Since Saturday Afternoon And Has Barely Drank Water. She Is On Clavamox. Can I Give Her A Decongestant? If So Which One And How Much? Ahe Weighs 8.3 Lbs

Answer:You Can Try Mucinex Cough Medicine For Children Which Is Over The Counter And You Can Dose It At 1 Teaspoon Twice To Three Times Daily. Make Sure It Is The Children's Formula. If No Help, See Your Vet For Recheck As May Need Different Antibiotics. Many Of These Colds And Kennel Coughs, However, Are Viral In Origin And Must Run Their Course

Date: 10/02/16
Category: Antibiotics/Anti-Infectives
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Kennel Cough Post Neuter

Question:I Took My Labradoodle Almost 2 Weeks Ago To Be Neutered At A Shelter, And He Developed An Infection At The Site So He Was Placed On Amoxicillin. He Had No Appetite Or Energy And The Site Got Worse So I Took Him Back Up On Friday And They Put Him On Clovamox And Gave Me Nutrical. He Seems To Be More Energetic And Has Eaten A Bit More And The Site Is Looking Better. However Now He Is Sneezing And Coughing Like Crazy And Now Our 15 Pound Yorkiepoo Is Sneezing And Seems I'll. I'm Worried It's Kennel Cough. I Read I Can Give Them Mucinex Kids To Help, But What Is The Correct Dose For This? The Shelter Doesn't Get Back To You For A Day Or Two And Both My Boys Are Pretty Sick.

Answer:Dose Of Mucinex For Children Formulation That I Use Is 1 Teaspoon Per 10 Pounds Of Body Weight Twice To Three Times Daily As Needed, However It Is Best You Check With Your Local Vet Who Examined The Dog, To See If That Is Ok. Many Times Kennel Cough Is Viral, Etc So Often It Has To Run Its Course. I Would Also Ask Your Vet About Possible Better Antibiotic For Kennel Cough Than Clavamox, Such As Doxycycline Or Enrofloxacin(also Known As Baytril), But These Latter Two Would Require Script From Your Local Vet. I Would Also Give Dmg Liquid From 1800petmeds To Boost Immune System, As Well As Elderberry Syrup From Health Food Store Which I Have Used On Kennel Cough Cases As Well.

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: 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: 09/06/16
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: 09/03/16
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

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