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Ask the Vet About Kennel Cough in Dogs and Cats

Kennel Cough in Dogs and Cats
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Dr. Michael Dym
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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

Date: 09/26/15
Category: Cough
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Cough

Question:What Is Bordatella Use For

Answer:Bordatella Is A Vaccination Intended To Prevent The Kennel Cough Infectious Disease Complex In Dogs.

Date: 05/28/14
Category: Cough
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Advice

Question:My Dog Have Kennel Cough, Its Like His Voice Got Changed And He Was Having Symptoms Of Kennel Cough Again So We Asked Our Vet And He Told Us To Give Him A Cough Syrup Called Grilinctus Bm (combination Of Generics - Terbutaline Sulphate, Bromhexine) 10 Ml Thrice A Day. Whenever He Drinks It After Some Hours He Starts To Behave Weird Like His Heart Beat Gets Faster & He Kind Of Shakes Sometimes. He Only Does It For Like 1 Hour & Then Goes Back To Normal, Is It A Side Effect Of The Syrup? Coz It Was Mentioned In The Net That It Have A Hypersensitivity Side Effect. What To Do? Shld I Change His Medicine? It Happened Before Also. Months Ago He Got Kennel Cough & Was Showing These Symptoms But The Medicine Actually Cured Him. What To Do Im So Confused.

Answer:I Would Not Assume This Is Kennel Cough, As Kennel Cough Is Self Limiting In Most Cases In Dogs, And Not Usually Go On More Than 10-14 Days. Not Sure If This Is Side Effect Of This Drug As I Have Not Used It Before. Best To See Local Vet For Recheck. And Possibly X Rays, Etc

Date: 03/12/14
Category: Cough
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Puppy With Kennel Cough

Question:As The Grandma And A Pet Owner Of An Adopted Maltese, I Was Asked To Babysit For My Grandson And Their New Puppy [who Has Kennel Cough ]. The Puppy Was Brought Home Sunday And Diagnosed And On Antibiotics Since Monday. Is There Anyway That I Would Be Bringing Home The Virus To My Dog?? Thank You.

Answer:As Long As You Practice Good Hygiene And Wash Hands After Handling Kennel Cough Puppy And Change Your Clothes On Getting Home, Should Not Be A Problem.

Date: 02/04/14
Category: Cough
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Cough, Gasping For Air, Throw Up Yellow Fluid

Question:I Adopted A One Year Old Male Beagle I Had It For Two Weeks He Came With A Cough, Once Or Twice A Day He Is Gasping For Air It Last A Few Seconds And Like Every Other Day He Throw Up Yellow Fluid

Answer:Sounds Like Kennel Cough. See Vet For Exam And Evaluation. You Could Try Elderberry From Health Food Store To Soothe Cough Until Vet Evaluation

Date: 02/01/14
Category: Other
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Kennel Cough

Question:I Think My Dog Has Kennel Cough But Im Not Sure. He Has All The Symptoms Of It And Im Not Sure Whether Or Not To Take Him To The Vet.

Answer:Best If In Doubt To Take To Vet As Lots Of Causes Of Dry Coughing In Dogs.

Date: 01/05/14
Category: Antibiotics/Anti-Infectives
Pet Type: Cat
Topic: Cat Vomiting After Taking Doxycycline

Question:My Sphynx Cat Recently Contracted Kennel Cough After Staying At An Animal Hotel Over The Holidays. The Vet Said It Had Moved Into Her Trachea Causing Her To Lose Her Voice And Have Trouble Swallowing. She Have Her Antibiotics, Doxycycline, And She Was Ok The First Two Days But Has Now Started Vomiting After Taking The Meds. Even If I Have Mixed Them With Wet Food To Make It Easier On Her Stomach. Is There Something Else I Can Do Or Should I Take Her Back To The Vet Asap?

Answer:I Would Take Back To Vet. Sometimes Doxycycline Can Cause Vomiting, As Well As Severe Ulceration Of Esophagus In Rare Cases, So Best To Have Vet Recheck

Date: 12/16/13
Category: Cough
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Kennel Cough

Question:I Got A Foster Dog A Little Under Two Weeks Ago From The Local Animal Shelter. What I Didn't Realize Till Later Was That They Gave Her To Me With Kennel Cough. I Am Suppose To Be Going Home To Spend Christmas With My Family In A Week, But My Family Has A New Puppy. I Am Concerned About How Contagious Kennel Cough Is, And My Family Definitely Does Not Want The Young Puppy (3 Months) To Catch It. The Dog Sneezes A Lot, And I Don't Know How I Could Possibly Keep Her Quarantined Completely From The Puppy Since I Would At Least Have To Take Her Outside To Pee, And She Would Be Sneezing Through The House As I Walked With Her. I Want To Know If I Am Right To Be Worried, Or If Kennel Cough Is Not Really As Contagious As I Think. I Just Want To Know If I Should Be Risking The Puppies Health, Or If I Should Be Trying To Find Another Foster Parent To Care For The Dog.

Answer:Kennel Cough Is Contagious But Is Not A Serious Disease And Easily Treated With Antibiotics Or Immune Stimulants. I Would Recommend Dmg Liquid From 1800petmeds, As Well As Echinacea And Goldenseal From Health Food Store To Boost Immune System To Both Your Dog And To Your Family's Dog As A Preventative.

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