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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.
Doctor of Veterinary Medicine

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: Feb 3, 2020
Category: Kennel Cough
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Kennel cough

Question:We have a pig pit and he had kennel cough we went to a local store and got an injectable penicillin.. Now our 8 week old mini snhauzer has a runny nose ans some wheezing. Do i need to treat him and what and where is the best place to buy it. He can take what our 80 pound dog takes he is only a pou d hald maybe 2 pounds

Answer:One of the first and most important steps in treating pets with kennel cough is to isolate them from other non-symptomatic pets. Most dogs with kennel cough recover completely within a few weeks with or without medical treatment. If your pet has a good appetite and is alert, but only suffers from a recurrent cough, your veterinarian will probably let the infection run its course, just as doctors do with common colds in people. Keeping pets in a well-humidified area and using a harness instead of a collar may also help decrease the coughing. Sometimes veterinarians will nebulize pets at home by exposing them to humidified air a few times a day. This can be accomplished through the use of nebulizers, or by running the shower and making the bathroom steamy. In more serious cases when your pet is not eating, running a fever, or showing signs of pneumonia, your veterinarian can prescribe antibiotics - you will need medication from your veterinarian for the tiny one.

Date: Jan 18, 2020
Category: Kennel Cough
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Chocolate Chip

Question:He seems like he is gasping for air and Im not sure on what to do for him. Hes only 3 years old

Answer:Dogs will cough for many reasons (heartworms, sensitive trachea, kennel cough and other infectious reasons, bronchitis, heart failure, cancer, etc etc).While coughing may be self-limiting in some cases, in other cases coughing may become severe or chronic and require veterinary evaluation and exam. Stool testing for parasites and chest x rays may be indicated. Blood work is also necessary in some cases, as well as to test for heartworm disease in dogs and cats. Here is a link to our article about coughing, other potential causes and various treatment options, both over-the-counter and prescription: https://www.1800petmeds.com/education/common-causes-coughing-pet-54.htm

Date: Jan 16, 2020
Category: Kennel Cough
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: My dogs

Question:I got my dogs out of the pound finally but they told.me about kennel cough. How do i know if they got it? And how can i see the very first start to a dog having parvo?

Answer:You will know if they have kennel cough because they cough badly. Signs of parvo are lethargy (mopey), inappetance (not eating), vomiting and diarrhea progressing to bloody diarrhea.

Date: Jan 7, 2020
Category: Kennel Cough
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Heartworm

Question:What does med do?

Answer:I can't tell exactly what you are asking - but heartworm medications prevent dogs from getting worms in their heart.

Date: Dec 30, 2019
Category: Kennel Cough
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Kennel cough

Question:What exactly over the counter can I give my Yorkie that presents all the symptoms of having kennel cough?

Answer:One of the first and most important steps in treating pets with kennel cough is to isolate them from other non-symptomatic pets. Most dogs and cats with kennel cough recover completely within a few weeks with or without medical treatment. If your pet has a good appetite and is alert, but only suffers from a recurrent cough, your veterinarian will probably let the infection run its course, just as doctors do with common colds in people. Keeping pets in a well-humidified area and using a harness instead of a collar may also help decrease the coughing. Sometimes veterinarians will nebulize pets at home by exposing them to humidified air a few times a day. This can be accomplished through the use of nebulizers, or by running the shower and making the bathroom steamy. In more serious cases when your pet is not eating, running a fever, or showing signs of pneumonia, your veterinarian can prescribe antibiotics.

Date: Dec 25, 2019
Category: Kennel Cough
Pet Type: Cat
Topic: Kennel cough in 2 month old kittens

Question:I rescued two 2 months old kitten from the shelter that both unfortunately had kennel cough. One was pretty lethargic and not eating when I first took them to the vet the other was fine just kept sneezing. They have been prescribed doxycycline for 10 days we are on day 5. Since giving the medication the cat that was lethargic is now way better but still has a slight sneeze and the one that wasnt bad to start is now very congested and is sneezing a lot. Should I be concern about that he is more congested that he was to start or is this a virus that has to just run its course?

Answer:If he is eating fine and playing, he probably just needs a few more days. Humidity may help, even if it's just a hot steamy bathroom multiple times a day. Lysine is an over-the-counter supplement that helps some cats as well - here is a link to read about one such product, with the price: https://www.1800petmeds.com/Vetri+Lysine+Plus+Soft+Chews-prod11239.html

Date: Dec 24, 2019
Category: Kennel Cough
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Kennel cough

Question:How much children's mucinex should I give my 10lb puppy for her kennel cough

Answer:I would not recommend giving your 10 pound dog human mucinex - there are many different formulas and most contain something toxic to dogs. One of the first and most important steps in treating pets with kennel cough is to isolate them from other non-symptomatic pets. Most dogs and cats with kennel cough recover completely within a few weeks with or without medical treatment. If your pet has a good appetite and is alert, but only suffers from a recurrent cough, your veterinarian will probably let the infection run its course, just as doctors do with common colds in people. Keeping pets in a well-humidified area and using a harness instead of a collar may also help decrease the coughing. Sometimes veterinarians will nebulize pets at home by exposing them to humidified air a few times a day. This can be accomplished through the use of nebulizers, or by running the shower and making the bathroom steamy. In more serious cases when your pet is not eating, running a fever, or showing signs of pneumonia, your veterinarian can prescribe antibiotics.

Date: Dec 15, 2019
Category: Kennel Cough
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: What do I need to do?

Question:Hello just wanted to know if I can purchase any medicine for Zek at the local store hes almost 4 months . Thank you

Answer:One of the first and most important steps in treating pets with kennel cough is to isolate them from other non-symptomatic pets. Most dogs and cats with kennel cough recover completely within a few weeks with or without medical treatment. If your pet has a good appetite and is alert, but only suffers from a recurrent cough, your veterinarian will probably let the infection run its course, just as doctors do with common colds in people. Keeping pets in a well-humidified area and using a harness instead of a collar may also help decrease the coughing. Sometimes veterinarians will nebulize pets at home by exposing them to humidified air a few times a day. This can be accomplished through the use of nebulizers, or by running the shower and making the bathroom steamy. In more serious cases when your pet is not eating, running a fever, or showing signs of pneumonia, your veterinarian can prescribe antibiotics.

Date: Nov 10, 2019
Category: Kennel Cough
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Treatment at home

Question:What can i give a large breed dog 60 lb. for kennel cough. He just received his shots for this 2 weeks ago. I have 2 small dogs in the home as well.

Answer:One of the first and most important steps in treating pets with kennel cough is to isolate them from other non-symptomatic pets. Most dogs and cats with kennel cough recover completely within a few weeks with or without medical treatment. If your pet has a good appetite and is alert, but only suffers from a recurrent cough, your veterinarian will probably let the infection run its course, just as doctors do with common colds in people. Keeping pets in a well-humidified area and using a harness instead of a collar may also help decrease the coughing. Sometimes veterinarians will nebulize pets at home by exposing them to humidified air a few times a day. This can be accomplished through the use of nebulizers, or by running the shower and making the bathroom steamy. In more serious cases when your pet is not eating, running a fever, or showing signs of pneumonia, your veterinarian can prescribe antibiotics.

Date: Nov 1, 2019
Category: Kennel Cough
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Cough

Question:My 2 old dog has kennel cough for a week now and now my 6 week puppy has it too. What can I give them and how much with over the counter meds? I saw much ex or robotics in is good. Can you help me please?

Answer:Most dogs and cats with kennel cough recover completely within a few weeks with or without medical treatment. If your pet has a good appetite and is alert, but only suffers from a recurrent cough, your veterinarian will probably let the infection run its course, just as doctors do with common colds in people. Keeping pets in a well-humidified area and using a harness instead of a collar may also help decrease the coughing. Sometimes veterinarians will nebulize pets at home by exposing them to humidified air a few times a day. This can be accomplished through the use of nebulizers, or by running the shower and making the bathroom steamy. In more serious cases when your pet is not eating, running a fever, or showing signs of pneumonia, your veterinarian can prescribe antibiotics.

Date: Oct 25, 2019
Category: Kennel Cough
Pet Type: Cat
Topic: Pet sick

Question:Hi my one can was in vsec last week. He came home sneezing I didnt think anything of it but now all 9 of my cats are and my one is breathing through her mouth. I'm in big debt due to the cat going to vsec last night and I cant take the rest to the vet. I have no money for it what can I do to help them

Answer:Some cats will improve on their own with no treatment, as long as they are eating well and not lethargic (mopey). If they become lethargic and/or stop eating well, see your veterinarian for treatment. Humidity may help, even if it's just a hot steamy bathroom multiple times a day. Lysine is an over-the-counter supplement that helps some cats as well - here is a link to read about one such product, with the price: https://www.1800petmeds.com/Vetri+Lysine+Plus+Soft+Chews-prod11239.html

Date: Oct 2, 2019
Category: Kennel Cough
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: What medicine do I give my dog?

Question:I just rescued my new dog on Saturday and she started dry Cough with phlegm. I took her to the vet and she says that she has a reverse sneeze, but I think she has kennel cough as well. What medicine would you recommend giving to my dog?

Answer:If your pet has a good appetite and is alert, but only suffers from a recurrent cough, your veterinarian will probably let the infection run its course, just as doctors do with common colds in people. Keeping pets in a well-humidified area and using a harness instead of a collar may also help decrease the coughing. Sometimes veterinarians will nebulize pets at home by exposing them to humidified air a few times a day. This can be accomplished through the use of nebulizers, or by running the shower and making the bathroom steamy. In more serious cases when your pet is not eating, running a fever, or showing signs of pneumonia, your veterinarian can prescribe antibiotics.

Date: Sep 23, 2019
Category: Kennel Cough
Pet Type: Cat
Topic: Feline Kennel Cough Long-Term Prognosis

Question:My feline had kennel cough as a kitten and he does something rather unique to cats: he pants. He pants after aggressive running and playing for 10-15 minutes and never have I owned a cat that pants like he does. While it is cute and a great guest attraction at our home (everyone absolutely adores it), my wife and I cant help but wonder if he has some lung scarring or other permanent effects from the early case of kennel cough. This will be a hypothesis-type answer and I fully understand this, but an educated guess is most appreciated all the same. Other than this trait the cat is perfectly normal.

Answer:Severe upper respiratory infections when they are kittens can damage the tiny bones in their nares (nose) - he probably can't exchange air through his nose when he gets excited, so that's probably what's going on. I would have your veterinarian examine him and take some radiographs (x-rays, of his head and his chest) just to make sure it's not something else.

Date: Aug 19, 2019
Category: Kennel Cough
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Immunity

Question:After a dog has had kennel cough are they able to get the same strain? I have 2 dogs in my house, if one heals faster than the other can he get it again from the other?

Answer:No, not that quickly - they can't get reinfected.

Date: Aug 15, 2019
Category: Kennel Cough
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Treatment

Question:Although it hasnt been diagnosed yet Im fairly certain 3 of my 4 dogs have kennel cough. My husband recently brought home a puppy chihuahua whose symptoms include watery eyes w/ discharge, hes underweight (I can see his ribs) but lack of appetite, sleeps a lot, itching, and coughing, 3 of my dogs now have these symptoms and now my 2yr old son and I have a cough. I read on the website the various remedies to use what I wanted to know is for how long should I continue treating them with these medication/herbs . (mucinex/echinacea/elderberry/omega 3 are the ones I have readily available in my medicine cabinet. Do I give them just one of those or all?

Answer:The fact that you and your son are coughing is very worrisome - you may read on the internet that people can get kennel cough but it just doesn't happen unless you and your son have severely weakened immune systems . . . so, you should definitely see your doctor. I don't use any of those medications that you listed for kennel cough. Here is a link to our article entitled "How to Treat Kennel Cough": https://www.1800petmeds.com/education/kennel-cough-treatment-dog-cat-44.htm


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