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DateSep 1, 2022
CategoryKennel Cough
Pet TypeDog
TopicKennel cough
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Question:

If my dog has had the bordatella vaccine the last 4 years and then gets direct contact with kennel cough but is the only one that doesn't come down with it could he be a carrier of the virus and if so how do I know?

Answer:

It's exactly like people and colds: yes he could be a carrier and there is no way to measure this in dogs.

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DateAug 23, 2022
CategoryKennel Cough
Pet TypeDog
TopicPrescription
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Question:

I have 2 American Akitas.. 1 is 150lbs and the other 120lbs. They were exposed to kennel; cough last week now both of them are coughing and hacking up flem. Neither have any energy or appetite. Is there anything you could prescribe?

Answer:

Legally, in veterinary medicine, a prescription must come from a veterinarian that has met them face-to-face, BUT With kennel cough, if they are eating and have relatively normal energy levels, we don't treat them with anything - just let their body heal on its own. If the coughing goes on for a long time and becomes non-productive (dry, not coughing anything up), here is a link to our article about treating kennel cough with many treatment options, both over-the-counter and prescription: https://www.1800petmeds.com/education/kennel-cough-treatment-dog-cat-44.html

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DateAug 17, 2022
CategoryKennel Cough
Pet TypeDog
TopicPrescription Medication for kennel cough
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Question:

Because my dog needs a muzzle to visit the vet, wondering if you could ok some medication for her. 75 lb lab mix.

Answer:

Legally, in veterinary medicine, a veterinarian that has met her face-to-face must approve any prescription medication. Sorry! But with kennel cough, if they are eating and have relatively normal energy levels, we don't treat them with anything - just let their body heal on its own. If the coughing goes on for a long time and becomes non-productive (dry, not coughing anything up), here is a link to our article about treating kennel cough with many treatment options, both over-the-counter and prescription: https://www.1800petmeds.com/education/kennel-cough-treatment-dog-cat-44.html

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DateAug 13, 2022
CategoryKennel Cough
Pet TypeDog
TopicKennel cough
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Question:

We just rescued a two year old Shepsky from the county shelter. He is adjusting to our family well, but I believe he has kennel cough and ear mites . He is sneezing a lot and now has a dry cough. He is scratching around his ears and head too. He still has good energy and calmed down enough to start eating and eliminating yesterday. What can I do for the infections from the crowded shelter? We have a vet appointment scheduled, but it is 10 days away.

Answer:

With kennel cough, if they are eating and have relatively normal energy levels, we don't treat them with anything - just let their body heal on its own. If the coughing goes on for a long time and becomes non-productive (dry, not coughing anything up), here is a link to our article about treating kennel cough with many treatment options, both over-the-counter and prescription: https://www.1800petmeds.com/education/kennel-cough-treatment-dog-cat-44.html For ear problems, don't assume mites until you have your veterinarian check him out - ear infections are a good bit more common in 2 year old dogs and ear mite medication wouldn't help and would probably hurt.

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DateJul 2, 2022
CategoryKennel Cough
Pet TypeDog
TopicIntranasal
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Question:

My groomer refuses to allow my 4 lb. toy poodle puppy (5 months old) into her grooming shop unless she has had Kennel cough protection.. I have read that neither injections nor internasal are a good idea.. Is there an Internasal that I can safely use on this puppy so I can get her groomed?

Answer:

Yes, your veterinarian will either carry or be able to order the intranasal and the newer oral one that are both safe for most dogs. She could even have the injection, but I would be leaning away from it because of her small size - it stings really badly.

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DateJun 3, 2022
CategoryKennel Cough
Pet TypeDog
TopicMedication
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Question:

What can I give my shitsu dog for his kennel cough, not near a town to purchase medication

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With kennel cough, if they are eating and have relatively normal energy levels, we don't treat them with anything - just let their body heal on its own. If the coughing goes on for a long time and becomes non-productive (dry, not coughing anything up), here is a link to our article about treating kennel cough with many treatment options, both over-the-counter and prescription: https://www.1800petmeds.com/education/kennel-cough-treatment-dog-cat-44.html

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DateFeb 23, 2022
CategoryKennel Cough
Pet TypeDog
TopicBreathing
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Question:

Hi, my dog is a 13 year old mastiff mix. She for the past 7 days has been panting and appearing short of breath. She has hacked up some mucous and sometimes gags without any mucous being brought up. I turned on a humidifier for her and gave her a teaspoon of honey but she may need antibiotics. Not sure. Kennel cough?

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At 13, heart problems are more common so see your veterinarian for a definitive diagnosis so you will know how to best treat her.

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DateJan 17, 2022
CategoryKennel Cough
Pet TypeDog
TopicQuestions
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Question:

What medicine can I give him for this ? Kennel cough

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With kennel cough, if they are eating and have relatively normal energy levels, we don't treat them with anything - just let their body heal on its own. If the coughing goes on for a long time and becomes non-productive (dry, not coughing anything up), here is a link to our article about treating kennel cough with many treatment options, both over-the-counter and prescription: https://www.1800petmeds.com/education/kennel-cough-treatment-dog-cat-44.html

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DateNov 8, 2021
CategoryKennel Cough
Pet TypeDog
TopicKennel cough
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Question:

Hi does your site prescribe kennel cough medicstion for dogs?

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With kennel cough, if they are eating and have relatively normal energy levels, we don't treat them with anything - just let their body heal on its own. If the coughing goes on for a long time and becomes non-productive (dry, not coughing anything up), here is a link to our article about treating kennel cough with many treatment options, both over-the-counter and prescription: https://www.1800petmeds.com/education/kennel-cough-treatment-dog-cat-44.html Prescription mediction would have to be approved by a veterinarian that has met your dog face-to-face.

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DateSep 26, 2021
CategoryKennel Cough
Pet TypeDog
TopicSick dog
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Question:

I was wondering if my dog had kennel cough I was around another dog with kennel cough did not know I was petting the dog the dog was laying all over me and I went home and played with my dog and now my dog is sneezing and make a honking coughing noise does my dog have kennel cough

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It is possible, but not very probable - it doesn't live outside of dogs for very long so it would be odd for you to be a "fomite". With kennel cough, if they are eating and have relatively normal energy levels, we don't treat them with anything - just let their body heal on its own. If the coughing goes on for a long time and becomes non-productive (dry, not coughing anything up), here is a link to our article about treating kennel cough with many treatment options, both over-the-counter and prescription: https://www.1800petmeds.com/education/kennel-cough-treatment-dog-cat-44.html

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DateAug 17, 2021
CategoryKennel Cough
Pet TypeDog
TopicNeed medicine
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Question:

I need help getting something to treat our 13 yo male Border Collie – Husky, he has the "goose honk" cough, going on 4 weeks. Money is very, very tight, help is most appreciated!

Answer:

Dogs will cough for MANY reasons (heartworms, sensitive trachea, kennel cough and other infectious reasons, bronchitis, heart failure, cancer, etc etc). Since most of these are treated differently, it really is ideal to get a diagnosis from your local veterinarian. Let them know you have financial constraints and most will try to stay within your budget.

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DateAug 16, 2021
CategoryKennel Cough
Pet TypeDog
TopicTreatment with Over the Counter Medication
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Question:

We believe our dog may have kennel cough. We would like to try an over the counter medication to see if it helps. We were reading that Children’s Mucinex Cough may help, but how much of a dosage do we give. Our boxer is 1yrs old about 65lbs

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With kennel cough, if they are eating and have relatively normal energy levels, we don't treat them with anything - just let their body heal on its own. Cough suppressants are not generally recommended because they need to cough the infection up and out of their lungs. If the coughing goes on for a long time and becomes non-productive (dry, not coughing anything up), here is a link to our article about treating kennel cough with many treatment options, both over-the-counter and prescription: https://www.1800petmeds.com/education/kennel-cough-treatment-dog-cat-44.html

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DateAug 9, 2021
CategoryKennel Cough
Pet TypeDog
TopicPenicillin dosage
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Question:

My dog was recently in the local pound and has been coughing for about a week now, what antibiotics can I give her?

Answer:

With kennel cough, if they are eating and have relatively normal energy levels, we don't treat them with anything - just let their body heal on its own. If the coughing goes on for a long time and becomes non-productive (dry, not coughing anything up), here is a link to our article about treating kennel cough with many treatment options, both over-the-counter and prescription: https://www.1800petmeds.com/education/kennel-cough-treatment-dog-cat-44.html

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DateAug 9, 2021
CategoryKennel Cough
Pet TypeDog
TopicNeed RX for my dog
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Question:

I brought 2 of our 6 dogs to the ER because all vets in my area all full till October, and don't have money to bring the rest to the emergency vet clinic, at once and really need a refill for Doxycycline 100mg tablet and for Hydrocodone-Homat 1 mg/ml Syrup, how can we get refills or a new RX, thanks, very despri

Answer:

In veterinary medicine, a face-to-face relationship is required to legally ok a prescription - your best bet is a veterinarian that has met them before.

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DateAug 4, 2021
CategoryKennel Cough
Pet TypeDog
TopicKennel cough
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Question:

What can I use at home remedies for kennel cough

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With kennel cough, if they are eating and have relatively normal energy levels, we don't treat them with anything - just let their body heal on its own. If the coughing goes on for a long time and becomes non-productive (dry, not coughing anything up), here is a link to our article about treating kennel cough with many treatment options, both over-the-counter and prescription: https://www.1800petmeds.com/education/kennel-cough-treatment-dog-cat-44.html

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