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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?

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 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

Answer:

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

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. 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

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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

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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DateJul 30, 2021
CategoryKennel Cough
Pet TypeDog
TopicVaccination
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If my dogs have been exposed to kennel cough, would it be better to vaccinate asap or wait to see if they show any symptoms?

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A vaccine dose not treat disease - it prevents it, so no, don't vaccinate until you know your dog is healthy.

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DateJul 22, 2021
CategoryKennel Cough
Pet Typenull
TopicWhat should I do
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Question:

What do I do if I think my dog may have kennel cough

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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DateJul 3, 2021
CategoryKennel Cough
Pet Typenull
TopicCan I get a prescription for kennel cough
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Question:

We have three dogs two got picked up by the pound a few days ago had spend a pretty penny to get them out and ever since they have had a horrible cough is there anyway to get treatment for this without having to pay to go to the vet we just don't have the money I know it's kennel cough

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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DateApr 5, 2021
CategoryKennel Cough
Pet Typenull
Topic3 mnth old german shephard puppy
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Question:

He has a dry, unproductive cough all day/ night but still is alert and eating. Is there something I should/ could give him to ease his coughing and discomfort

Answer:

They will cough for many different reasons ao see your veterinarian if it doesn't improve quickly for a definitive diagnosis. At his age kennel cough is most common. 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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DateApr 4, 2021
CategoryKennel Cough
Pet Typenull
TopicKennel cough
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Question:

What can I give my 8 nth old Alaskan klee kai for kennel cough do I need a veterinarian's prescription for antibiotics

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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DateMar 24, 2021
CategoryKennel Cough
Pet Typenull
TopicKennel cough and Giardia
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Question:

Puppy was prescribed doxycycline for kennel cough, taken for 5 days. Now she has giardia as well and prescribed metronidazole and albon liquid. Can al be taken together or should I stop doxycycline?

Answer:

There is no adverse interaction between any of those - they can be given together.

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DateMar 9, 2021
CategoryKennel Cough
Pet Typenull
TopicKennel cough
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Question:

How long should I wait out kennel cough before I take my puppy to the vet ?

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) that is when it's a good idea to see your veterinarian or if the pup acts mopey or stops eating. 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 7, 2021
CategoryKennel Cough
Pet Typenull
TopicAntibiotics
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Question:

Can amoxicillin be given to dogs with kennel cough?

Answer:

Yes, but they will often improve on their own without needing to take antibiotics.

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