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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: Aug 12, 2017
Category: Kennel Cough
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Amoxicillin

Question:Hello, my vet prescribed for my dog Sadie (8 months, weighing 33 pounds): 1) "Cough Tabs" 100 mg 1-3 x daily and 2) Amoxicillin 250 mg 3x daily. The dosage amounts seems very high to me. (checking online for dosage stated on the antibiotics 10 mg/pound every 24 hours)... that would make it 330 mg every 24 hours.... she is taking 750 mg in 24 hours. I am thinking of reducing her dosage to just 1 pill a day (250 mg) for the next seven days (she started yesterday). I left a message for my vet, but since it is weekend I don't expect to hear back until Monday. What is your thought on how much and for how long I should give her the antibiotics? Thanks for any help.

Answer:The dosage of Amoxicillin that your veterinarian prescribed is correct.

Date: Aug 3, 2017
Category: Kennel Cough
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Pug with kettle cough

Question:My next door neighbor has a pug really cute but has kettle cough little over 2 weeks really bad she did make a vet appt but had to cancel due to money wise. Is there something that she can give her dog lexie that would help her home remedy or something pls and thanks

Answer:The only 2 things I would recommend without seeing the dog would be to (1) humidify - let the dog into the bathroom whenever anyone is taking a hot bath or shower - and (2) coupage = gently patting chest all over to help cough up infection that might be trying to stay down in the lungs. You don't want to use a cough suppressant until you are 100% sure the cough isn't productive or you can suppress infection down in his chest and cause pneumonia.

Date: Jul 22, 2017
Category: Kennel Cough
Pet Type: Cat
Topic: How to keep other cats form getting sick

Question:I am adopting a kitten form the shelter and will be picking her up on Tuesday. However, i found out that the kitten has kennel cough. I was wondering how I can keep the other cats in my house form getting sick? Also how long will the kitten be infectious? Thank you! Have a blessed day! Ashley Rogers

Answer:Kennel cough is really rare in cats. Other upper respiratory viruses are very common. All of these are very contagious. You will want to keep the new kitten isolated from them for about 2 weeks to err on the side of caution. Wash your hands well between touching them as well.

Date: Jul 21, 2017
Category: Kennel Cough
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Kennel cough symptoms after treatment

Question:My dog was diagnosed with kennel cough on 7/8/17 and was given a 10 day treatment of doxycycline. He finished he pills 4 days ago. Now the only symptom he ever had was a small amount of green discharge from his eyes. Never a cough. Until 4am this morning. How can a dog experience kennel cough symptoms after a full round of antibiotics?

Answer:Dogs are exactly like people - sometimes antibiotics work and sometimes they don't. Maybe your dog has a really virulent strain of the virus, maybe your dog has Influenza or another virus on top of Kennel cough, maybe your dog has something else entirely (heart disease, allergic bronchitis, etc). Have your veterinarian recheck him to determine what is going on.

Date: Jul 18, 2017
Category: Kennel Cough
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Kennel Cough?

Question:I have a soon to be 3 year old 80lb Siberian Husky. He is generally very happy, healthy, and very active as are most Huskies. Since he came with a wrap sheet of digging out of his former owner's yard, I choose to leave him in Doggy Day Care while I'm at work. He is the star of the show there, but Friday evening, he came home with an occasional dry cough. He is up to date on all his vaccinations including his kennel cough vaccine. Could there be another root cause for the dry, occasional canine cough? He coughed sporatically throughout the entire weekend. I mentioned it to his vet Monday but was told he didn't display any symptoms that would lead them to believe it could be anything serious. They did not run blood work; however, they submitted an Rx to the local CVS to the tune of $60 with a discount card. Is there a more affordable option outside of an Rx?

Answer:If he feels fine (eating fine, normal energy levels), call your veterinarian and see if the medication is mandatory. I usually let my healthy 3 year old patient's immune systems kick in and lick it. I don't know what medication we are talking about though (antibiotics vs cough suppressants vs something else etc) so your veterinarian would be the best one to ask. And being at doggie day care is like kid's going to day care - they will pick up various colds occasionally - most just run their course and are gone. If it was Influenza, he would more than likely be more lethargic, febrile, not eating, etc.

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.


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