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Ask the Vet About Kennel Cough in Dogs and Cats

Kennel Cough in Dogs and Cats
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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: Jun 6, 2017
Category: Kennel Cough
Pet Type: Cat
Topic: Kennel Cough

Question:I believe my cat who is 7 years old has kennel cough. He has a cough as if he is trying to get a hair ball up. He is an indoor cat but we brought him to get groomed about 2 months ago. We are just realizing this could be kennel cough. What can i give him? Thank you!

Answer:Although there have been a few cases of kennel cough in cats, it is very rare. Your cat would not be coughing 2 months later from kennel cough - it is like when we get a cold - it runs it's course in a matter of days. If your cat has been coughing for longer than a week, you should have him checked for other things like allergic bronchitis (asthma), lung worms, heart worms, etc.

Date: Jun 6, 2017
Category: Kennel Cough
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Kennel cough

Question:I adopted a 7yr old Pomeranian over a month ago and she has had Kennel cough since I got her. She has been on antibiotics for about a month but still no change. I also have her on raw honey, multivitamin and Vitamin C. My question is, I ran a cool humidifier over the night and that seemed to make her worse. She sounded more congested and her breathing was worse. Is this normal? Should I still continue using it? If yes, is there a difference between cool or warm humidifier? And how many times a day and how long should I run it? She is eating good but her cough is awful!! I am concern this is never going to go away. Is there anything else I can do?

Answer:You need to have her reevaluated. Kennel cough should have run it's course by now so your veterinarian will want to look for other problems: sensitive/collapsing trachea, heart disease, allergic bronchitis, heartworm disease, etc. If she was worse after the humidifier, I would wait for a diagnosis before continuing with it.

Date: May 30, 2017
Category: Kennel Cough
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Side effects of bordatella

Question:A couple of days ago, both my dogs got the bordatella vaccine(the one that goes in the nose) since they are being boarded on Thursday. Ever since my small dog has had reverse sneezing episodes almost constantly. Its becoming an every day thing now and is happening more frequently. Is this a side effect of the vaccine?

Answer:Some times dogs can have aggravation in respiratory symptoms and/or even coughing or signs of what looks like coughing and infection with this modified live vaccination given up the nose. In my personal opinion and experience, this boradatella vaccination does not offer protection and I see as much problems from the vaccination, and even more kennel cough, than those pets who are not vaccinated. My opinion with flu vaccinations in people as well.

Date: May 12, 2017
Category: Kennel Cough
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Kennel cough

Question:I am quite certain my Dog Brea has Kennel Cough. We adopted her yesterday and she is hacking roughly. What over the counter medicines are good to cure and treat her?

Answer:If she still has normal energy levels and is still eating, I prefer to do nothing and let her immune system lick it. Cough suppressants can suppress infection donwn in their lungs that she needs to cough up, so I generally avoid these, especially early in the course of the infection. They don't always need antibiotics either, just like we don't for a cold. Keep in mind she is very contagious to other dogs while she is coughing. If she is mopey, feverish or stops eating, take her to see your veterinarian and they will probably prescribe medication.

Date: May 8, 2017
Category: Kennel Cough
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Coughing

Question:I just adopted a 8 week old Labrador puppy and she has developed a cough with hacking, she is still productive and still eats. None of the other symptoms are present but the coughing. Could this be kennel cough or something different? Could I try giving her things like honey and vitamin c to help her along?

Answer:Yes, it sounds like it is probably kennel cough. If she has relatively normal energy levels and is eating fine, I recommend doing nothing for now and letting her immune system kick in and handle it. You can upset her little stomach with honey and vitamin c. I also usually tell my clients to wait to bring them in to me for treatment or antibiotics unless they are lethargic (mopey) and/or slow down on their eating.

Date: Apr 17, 2017
Category: Kennel Cough
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Puppy

Question:I have a puppy 3 months old that has kennel cough how do I treat it? What do I give her and how much?

Answer:If she still has normal energy levels and is still eating, I prefer to do nothing and let her immune system lick it. Cough suppressants can suppress infection don't in their lungs that they need to cough up, so I generally avoid these, especially early in the course of the infection. They don't always need antibiotics either, just like we don't for a cold. Keep in mind she is very contagious to other dogs while she is coughing. If she is mopey, feverish or stops eating, take her to see your veterinarian and they will probably prescribe some antibiotics.

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


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