Cocker Spaniel at the vet for a kennel cough checkup to stay healthy.

Pro Tips To Help A Dog With Kennel Cough

Knowing how to help a dog with kennel cough can be a frustrating battle. My vaccinated Cocker Spaniel fought kennel cough three times in 12 years. Fortunately, we beat kennel cough and learned a lot about this contagious infection that affects the windpipe (trachea) and large airways (bronchi) of dogs.

Infectious canine tracheobronchitis is the official medical name for kennel cough. Unfortunately, there are several causes and strains of this illness, similar to the flu in humans. Many dogs aren’t even exposed to kennels when they start coughing. Fortunately, there are treatments for this canine respiratory infection along with things diligent pet parents can do at home to make their dog more comfortable.

Most infected dogs will cough, honk, retch, and repeat for days or weeks. It’s an unmistakable scary cough that sounds like a duck honking. Usually, viruses will weaken a dog’s immune system and attack the respiratory tract. Dogs can spread it to other dogs, and it can be dangerous. We’ll explain the myths about kennel cough, what veterinary experts have to say, and how to make your pooch comfortable if he gets hit with this infection.

What Is Kennel Cough?

Kennel cough can infect dogs anywhere at any time at any age. It isn’t breed specific and your dog doesn’t have to be exposed to a “kennel” to become infected.

This disease is found throughout the world and is known to infect a high percentage of dogs at least once during their lifetime. It is also sometimes referred to as Bordetella bronchiseptica, which is the bacterium that causes it. Veterinarians administer a Bordetella vaccine to try and prevent kennel cough. This is why some people call kennel cough “Bordetella.”

Ned F. Kuehn, DVM, MS, DACVIM, says it is called kennel cough is because the illness spreads rapidly among susceptible dogs in close confinement to one another. This is common in veterinary hospitals, kennels, and dog shelters.

A veterinarian should always examine a dog who exhibits coughing or any signs of kennel cough. The illness can be primary or secondary in nature and is usually secondary to a viral infection in the dog’s respiratory system.

Check out this diagram of a dog’s respiratory system.  When the upper airways become inflamed, kennel cough often results. Any number of microorganisms, pathogens, viruses, or irritants can cause this inflammation, so the level of protection of kennel cough vaccine is questionable. More about that further down.

When the upper airways of a dog become inflamed, kennel cough often results

How Do Dogs Get Kennel Cough?

About five to ten days after exposure to infected or susceptible dogs, kennel cough may rear its ugly head. Sometimes called canine infectious respiratory disease, or CIRD, any situation that brings dogs together is ripe for spreading of this canine communicable disease.

“Some dogs have been known to become infected following well-pet visits to a veterinarian, doggie daycare, or training class,” according to Whole Dog Journal. “A dog or puppy can be infected and shed a virus (that can infect other dogs) before his owner has noticed any symptoms! Some infected dogs never show signs of illness, even as they infect other dogs and puppies.”

In my Cocker Spaniel’s case, we believe he acquired it at the dog park (which we stopped visiting 10 years ago) and the dog groomer. He was in close proximity to dogs and despite being fully vaccinated, still wound up with this infectious condition.

Your dog can simply walk down the street, and he can get infected by kennel cough. A small percentage of dogs show no symptoms but act as carriers and shed the virus. Your dog sniffs the same area or walks near that spot and boom: he’s infected.

If your dog is infected, symptoms usually appear within three to ten days after exposure. Like people who get a cold, kennel cough may simply work itself out. Or not. It can worsen, which is why your vet needs to see the dog.

Symptoms of Kennel Cough

To the dog parent, the cough sounds alarming, frequent, and is sometimes off and on throughout both day and night. In our dog’s case, he was worse in the first few weeks, but the cough did linger.

Symptoms of mild to severe kennel cough include, but are not limited to:

  1. Harsh, dry cough following by retching and/or gagging like a goose honk
  2. The cough may be induced with gentle palpation of the voice box (larynx) or trachea
  3. Lack of appetite
  4. Fever
  5. Nasal discharge
  6. Depression
  7. Eye discharge

Kennel cough can advance to the lower respiratory tract of a dog and cause pneumonia. Each infected dog is different and kennel cough can be caused by any number of reasons, as seen above. It is imperative that your dog be examined, monitored, and treated by a veterinarian according to their specific symptoms.

How Long Does Kennel Cough Last?

Dogs usually cough for a week or more and then the severity diminishes. However, the disease itself lasts for 10 to 20 days in most cases. Chest x-rays are performed to determine how severe the disease is and to exclude other reasons for the cough.

What Does Kennel Cough Sound Like?

The harsh, dry, cough or honking sound followed by a retching or gagging behavior are classic signs of kennel cough. A cough may also be due to other reasons.

Should your dog have a cough, never attempt to self-diagnose and always seek veterinary attention.  A cough can indicate any number of things: From allergies to a cold to a heart issue. This is what my Cocker Spaniel sounded like during a bout with kennel cough:

Dogs usually cough for a week or more with kennel cough and then the severity diminishes

How To Help a Dog With Kennel Cough

First and foremost, call your vet and make an appointment so a proper diagnosis can be made and a treatment plan formulated. Because it is caused by a virus or infection, (or multiple reasons), there may be several factors that contribute to your dog’s kennel cough. No two dogs are alike. Since the outward signs are similar in both bacterial and viral forms, it all gets lumped into a “kennel cough” diagnosis.

Once the diagnosis is made, many dogs will recover at home without medication or treatment. My dog received medical and holistic treatment all three times he encountered the disease.

Never attempt to self-medicate your dog. Do not give your dog over-the-counter cough medicine. A veterinarian should always be consulted for questions about your dog’s health.

Based on my dog’s condition, here’s how his veterinarian treated kennel cough:

  1. Emergency vet visit over Thanksgiving weekend, routine exam, and auscultation (listening to Dexter’s lungs).
  2. Dispensed doxycycline two per day for 10 days and Temaril-P to help suppress cough for four days. (NOTE: I am not happy about Temaril-P’s potential side effects but I deduce four days is a fair period of time to suppress his nasty cough.)
  3. We were NOT given antibiotics, as the vet told us the antibiotics will not affect the viral form of kennel cough.

“If there was an infectious reason (most likely bacteria) why Dexter is coughing, the cough should have significantly improved (but perhaps not yet resolved) after five days of doxy and 4 days on Temaril P. Tracheal irritation or collapse could be contributing,” Dr. Patrick Mahaney advises.  “Get that recheck and x-rays soon to rule in or out any more concerning conditions. If he’s otherwise feeling well as you describe, then there’s less of a concern.”

After two weeks’ time and fearing pneumonia, Dexter’s cough was the same and the retching, gagging sound at the end continued. Back to the vet’s office.

We are escorted into the “cat section” of the practice because kennel cough is not contagious from dog to cat, but it is communicable from dog to dog. Dexter is not allowed to be around any dogs during his “quarantine” so even his outdoor time is limited to a small patch of grass in the yard and then back inside.

Dexter is coughing on palpation of the chest or throat, after rising, but is able to exercise and shows energy, an appetite, and an interest in treats and playing throughout the entire kennel cough ordeal. These are good signs. Some dogs do not bode so well and are listless, may run a fever, and/or lose their appetite.

He is now sneezing and has a clear discharge from his left nostril. After a complete exam and chest x-ray, kennel cough is re-confirmed and more medications are prescribed. These include Baytril antibiotic for 10 days and Vistaril one two times a day, the latter which is a sedative to help my dog sleep better.

About 10 days later, my dog had a string of drool hanging from his mouth and his left eyeball looked funky. Here’s the photo below. Back to the vet.

Knowing how to help a dog with kennel cough can be a frustrating battle.

Dexter had inner ear inflammation and was diagnosed with neuralgia, or nerve inflammation. We are told kennel cough signs can last weeks to months in some dogs. Dexter is still considered contagious at this point. He is prescribed Previcox, an anti-inflammatory.

But wait, there’s more.

Two days before Christmas, Dexter has a funky smell in his left ear and his left nostril is nasty and crusty. The vet diagnoses him with a yeast and bacterial infection of the middle ear, slight bacteria in the right ear, a sinus infection, but the kennel cough isn’t as bad. Celebrate!

Help a dog with kennel cough by taking him to a veterinarian first.

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Holistic Treatments For A Dog’s Kennel Cough

In addition to the medications, I invested in a warm steam vaporizer. It was under $20 bucks and helped open my dog’s lungs so he could breathe better. I closed the bathroom door off, put the warm steam vaporizer on, and sat with Dexter twice a day for several weeks for 30 minutes at a time.

I learned about honey for dogs with throat issues and cough. After confirming its safety with my vet, I gave Dexter half a tablespoon of manuka honey once or twice a day based on his size.. Thanks to the antibacterial, antiviral, and antimicrobial properties of honey, it can help to soothe the dog’s throat. Be cognizant of the amount of natural sugar in honey, especially if your dog has diabetes.

Pro Tip: I chose Manuka honey over regular honey because it has the highest antibacterial properties of any honey in the world. It costs more, but it’s worth it. The amount you give the dog depends on his size. I allowed Dexter to lick the honey off the spoon, but you can also try mixing it in his food.

When I discussed my dog’s condition with long-time Cocker Spaniel foster mom, Naomi Lukaszewski, she wondered why the vet wasn’t adding a probiotic to Dexter’s regimen of medications. Lightbulb moment!

“Carol, could it be that your dog has a yeast infection in his ears as a side effect to antibiotics,” Naomi asked me.

The vet prescribed Surolan ear drops, Clavamox, continue the Prevacox, and I asked about a probiotic, which was given.

Should My Dog Get the Bordetella Vaccine?

Dexter received the kennel cough vaccine every six months for years and then I decided to stop it. Every dog is different and every pet parent must assess what is best for their dog.

Dr. Laurie Coger, author of Vaccines Explained: The Wholistic Vet’s Guide to Vaccinating Your Dog, says, “I’m a fan of frequent low level exposure. Get your dog (or kid for that matter) out and about, and exposed to a variety of germs, in small doses. That way he can build immunity without getting the disease.”

She continues, “I am not sure why you are giving the kennel cough vaccine at all, given that we know it does not prevent the disease, only lessens the severity, and that it addresses only two pathogens, when there are dozens of organisms involved. Giving the vaccine every six months is contrary to the vaccine label (AKA “off-label”).

Dogs vaccinated with MLV vaccines are shedding vaccine virus — so exposure to them is sort of a secondary exposure vaccination. That’s my theory of why a dog that has never had a DAP vaccine will titer as protected against distemper and parvo. The exposure to a recently vaccinated dog triggered their immune response.”

The kennel cough vaccine, Bordetella bronchiseptica, is available as an oral vaccine, an intranasal vaccine, or an as an injection.

Some kennel owners, doggy daycare centers, dog training facilities, and groomers require dogs have the Bordetella vaccine to try and prevent the spread of kennel cough. My dog hasn’t had kennel cough since stopping the vaccine for it, but he is as prone to it as vaccinated dogs.

Of note, I am not anti-vaccine; I am, however, anti over-vaccination. When your dog gets cancer as a side effect at the site of yearly injections, one tends to rethink the toxins and chemicals injected into the dog’s body.

Dogs can still get kennel cough even if they were vaccinated due to the sheer volume of strains involved. The vaccine does not protect against all of them.

Is Kennel Cough Common In Show Dogs?

Holly Lawson has dealt with kennel cough many times in her dog show travels. Lawson recalls taking her litter of five-month-old Cocker Spaniel puppies for a routine exam and shots, which included the Bordetella vaccine.

She took the puppies to a handling class where they were infected with kennel cough. It turned into parainfluenza despite treatment followed by mycoplasma and pneumonia.

“To top it all off,” Lawson recalls, “the puppies tonsils got infected.” The Bordetella vaccine manufacturer paid for all of her medical bills.

Lawson knows the Bordetella vaccine is important, but recognizes it doesn’t cover every pathogen against it.

“My dogs ate, not like they normally did, and they did play… they did run a slight fever through it all… but, they needed their tonsils out since the antibiotics didn’t get rid of the infection,” she shares.

How Contagious Is Kennel Cough?

Kennel cough is very contagious and spreads like wildfire. It can be transmitted from an infected dog by simply a casual sniff. I stopped going to dog parks, I learned to groom my dog at home, and we don’t board him or put him in situations with big groups of dogs.

Even if a dog has experienced immunity due to natural infection, VCA Hospitals advise it is neither solid nor long-lasting. They also indicate, “we cannot expect vaccines to do much better.” Immunity varies by circumstance and dog along with his exposure and situations.

Dogs with kennel cough should not be exposed to other dogs. My dog’s veterinarian recommends dogs with kennel cough be kept away from other dogs for at least 14 days. That is how long it takes to completely shed the virus from their system so they don’t infect other dogs.

The disease can be spread by contact with items the dog has been around like clothing, food and water bowls, bedding, and crates. If your dog is infected, wash all items thoroughly and frequently. If you congregate around large amounts of dogs, wash your hands and don’t allow dogs to drink from common water areas. I washed all of Dexter’s toys as well.

Pro Tip: Do not use disinfectants on your dog. This can be deadly. For household cleaning, we prefer medical-grade pet-safe disinfectants over other general household cleaners. A medical-grade formula is one that is normally used in hospitals and veterinary settings. Bleach can be toxic. Talk to your vet about a proper cleaning protocol to keep your dog and environment safe.

Can A Dog Die From Kennel Cough?

It can lead to severe pneumonia and rarely, death. Young puppies and those with weakened immune systems such as senior dogs or those with pre-existing conditions of the immune system may be more susceptible to death.

Since the illness affects the lungs and the dog’s ability to breathe, they can get pneumonia which left untreated, can lead to death.

Can Dogs Spread Kennel Cough To Humans?

No, in most circumstances, humans cannot get kennel cough from a dog. People with immunocompromised systems should be extra careful.

Those undergoing chemotherapy, people with cancer, someone who is chronically ill, and anyone with an immune system disease or virus should take precautions to avoid a dog with kennel cough.

If a person touches a dog with kennel cough and then pets or rubs their own dog, there is a chance of spreading it. A long series of events would have to occur for a person to give kennel cough to their dog. Always wash your hands and clothes before engaging with your own dog(s) if you are around other dogs or work in a dog-related environment.

Many infected dogs will continue to play, eat, and drink as they normally do as the virus works its way out of their systems. Playing indoors for too long irritated by dog’s throat and caused a coughing fit, so we kept heavy playtime to a minimum for a week or two.

I recommend you perform due diligence, talk to your vet, do research, don’t get a vaccine just because you are told you have to: Question things, converse with your vet, have a dialogue, and know that your dog cannot speak on his or her own behalf. You are your dog’s best friend and his voice.

Has your dog ever been diagnosed with kennel cough? Let us know in the comments below.

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  1. Awww, poor babies. We get our dog vaccinated for Kennel Cough. I would hate to have him suffer from something like that.

    1. Did you read and understand the article? The vaccination is not very effective; the dog referenced here WAS vaccinated.

  2. Aww! It’s such a sad sound. I’ve never experienced it, but it’s good to look out for. Like with kids, there are certain coughs I listen for and it’s good to know what it might sound like if it happens.

  3. Very thorough article raising awareness of an important topic. I have plenty of patients that haven’t been Bordetella vaccinated for years and interact with plenty of dogs and still don’t fall ill from ITB. One of whom is Cardiff, who has been chronically immunosuppressed from IMHA and now gets chemotherapy every 14 days as part of his T-Cell Lymphoma treatment.
    Dr. PM

    1. Your expertise is so very much appreciated, as you are an incredible veterinary professional. Interesting observation and gives me a lot to think about; re: your patients who are not Bordatella vaccinated and are okay….

    2. I have an advocacy group for canine megaesophagus. Sadly kennel cough is confused with aspiration pneumonia during initial diagnosis. If you hear a cough, please have your vet take radiographs of the chest. (3 way view) Don’t assume it’s just kennel cough. Many dogs with Megaesophagus are misdiagnosed and end up suffering needlessly.

      1. Thanks for coming over and sharing that, Donna, and you make a great point. We had our dog’s vet do the x-rays mentioned.

  4. Kennel Cough is absolutely terrible for any dog to deal with. We have left our dog in 4 separate kennels when we go on vacation. Low and behold, each and every time he has come home with kennel cough. I feel so bad for him 🙁

    Hopefully we can find a clean kennel around here soon, as we have another vacation coming up in a couple of weeks!

    Thank you for this post!

    1. To Dan’s comment . Its not about the boarding facility being ” clean” .. The reason your dog keeps getting kennel cough when he goes to the facility is because of the shedding coming from the requirement that dogs entering the boarding facility be up to date on the bordetella . So these high traffic locations with all these ” recently vaccinated dogs and puppies ” who are shedding modified live vaccine , into the environment . No matter how much these boarding facilities are scouring with bleach and ammonium based sanitizers , they still have the viral shedding from dog to dog interaction inside the environment . That is the real reason … not sanitation . What they need to do is stop this nonsense of accepting dogs who are recently vaccinated with the bordetella vaccine in there within the shedding period .

  5. Wow. Poor Dexter and poor mom! This is very timely for me since we adopted a puppy three weeks ago and one of his siblings had kennel cough. Our puppy was put on something just in case and thank goodness he never came down with it.

  6. We adopted a younger dog from our shelter and he had kennel cough. Thankfully he recuperate quickly. Unfortunately, our 13-1/2 yr old Silky caught it. After a week we put her on antibiotics. Then another round. She did recuperate after a month, but the biggest fear was pneumonia. I vaccinate the dogs now.

  7. I hope Dexter feels better really soon. I have been wanting a puppy for a while now, but reading the realities of what could happen has me reconsidering it. No one really talks about what all needs to be done when a pet gets sick.

  8. Poor pups! We only have cats but have experienced kennel cough with one of them too. It is not fun. Great tips for those having to take care of their pets like this.

  9. I was not familiar with kennel cough so I am glad I read this and can now share their info with my pet loving friend.

  10. Bailie has to have the vaccine for daycare, but as our vet said, there are many strains of it the vaccine won’t prevent which is exactly what happened to us in November. Bailie came down with it all of the sudden and within hours was coughing so hard she was throwing up everything she tried to get down, food, water, treats. We rushed her to the vet where she got antibiotics and cough pills. It was about 21 hours from onset until it practically disappeared, but being highly contagious, I came down with it 6 days later. My version was coughing, sneezing and a generally achy feeling. I was rushed to the vet for the same treatment Bailie had, but I limped around feeling lousy for a couple days. Both of us really scared Mom, but there is only so much you can do to keep a dog from picking up diseases like this. Our vet said it can even be transferred by rubbing on clothing. We are thankful we are young and healthy and fought it off, and very thankful Katie did not get it as it could have been fatal for her since she is quite old and not in tip top health. Mom would not vaccinate us for it since we have learned about all the strains that are not covered. Bailie will be for daycare, but not me.

    1. Oh my I did not know all this. I am glad you are feeling better. That is amazingly scary that you and mom both got sick. We have a return vet visit coming up for a recheck. It is scary, too, on how this can affect any dog, even vaccinated, since there are so many strains and bacteria out there.

  11. The sound from a dog with kennel cough is just heart breaking! I don’t think some pet owners understand how serious and contagious it is. I’ve been at dog parks before with pups who clearly have kennel cough but the owners are oblivious. Thanks for sharing this information and also bringing awareness to this issue!

  12. I’m glad Dexter is feeling better! We had a small Yorkie die a day after getting her Kennel cough vaccine (an injection), and my mom always felt that the vaccine was just too much for her. It looked like a big dose for her tiny body.

    My dog Nelly had Kennel cough when I got her, and it was rough. I get the vaccine for Nelly and Sophie because they go the groomer’s regularly, our vet always stresses it is for dogs who are in enclosed places together like the groomers or doggy day care. Theo does not get the vaccination because he never goes to the groomer.

    1. But the reason the dogs are at risk at the groomers for contracting kennel cough is due to the vaccination shedding the virus in the area and from direct contact with a dog who is recently vaccinated and shedding virally .

  13. Poppy was looking for Auntie Carol in the video! Very informative. Great info as usual. Poppy had kennel cough twice (even though she was vaccinated). Now we do not vaccinate against bordatella, but she is exposed to a lot of dogs and has a healthy immune system. Poor Dexter just sounded terrible! I’ve been thinking of getting a humidifier for us too – mainly for me.

    1. Awwww hi Popster!!! I never knew that about Poppy. The warm humidifier was inexpensive but worth it – a pain to clean, but it has been helpful at night before bed to do a steamer with him.

  14. I don’t know much about kennel cough, but I do know a treatment for ear infections – air! My cocker was treated with antibiotics and fungicides for an ear infection and after two months, she still had it. Finally I cut up a pair of panty hose and used a piece of the leg as a head band. I put this on Buffy when she goes to bed and is less likely to mess with it.. I fold her ear back, open to the air and after a few nights, the infection was gone. Although if Dexter is sensitive in his throat from coughing, this may not work. I hope the little guy feels better soon!

    1. Dex never had an infection until all of these antibiotics, which is what we all believe caused it. I do weekly flushes, keep the ear flap clear of any hair accumulation, and this kennel cough and its ramifications have been a nightmare. However, we are coming along and he has a recheck visit this week. It is so good to see you on the blog, and I am glad to hear this helped your cocker. Will you be at BlogPaws in June in Phoenix?

  15. Hi, My Max (12 year old diabetic pug) picked up kennel cough on 1/24/17. so its been a little over 2 weeks. He is on Zeniquin (it doesnt seem to be doing anything) and i am giving him 1/2 tsp of childrens robitussin DM (this doesnt seem to do anything either). i think the question i have is he goes through waves of one day……coughing all.the.time……next day barely coughing. im very consistant with all of his meds. is this typical? i gave him a 1/2 tablet of benadryl and it seemed to help throught he night, he didnt wake up once coughing.

    but, for example, On Sunday he was barely coughing at all. Monday, BOOM….all the time again.

    its crazy. do you have any suggestions?

    1. That is exactly what happened to our dog, Dexter, Bonnie. And it went on seriously for 6 months. So upsetting. I tried everything. Ask your vet about canine cough suppressants. We also added Only Natural Pet immune booster since Dexter had so many meds given to him. It is a capsule you can sneak in their food.

      We used a Vicks brand humidifier in the bathroom a few times a week. I would steam up the room really good and close the door, then go into it with Dex for a half hour. I’d give him a tummy rub and read or something.

      Let me know how things go. It is upsetting, I know.

      1. HI Carol! thank you so much for your sympathy and reply!!!!!

        it is so sad for him. my heart just breaks, because pugs just want to snuggle and play and everytime he tries, the coughing starts. and i can tell he’s just so upset. and the more excited he gets, the more he coughs. so i cant really get him excited. and then he’s so upset becasue he’s not getting attention. it’s terrible.

        i have him on prescription butormarol (sp?) from the vet….again, the same…it seems to do nothing.

        we have a humidifier in the bedroom and that helps. and we just bought another for the den. i will try the Only Natural Pet immune booster….and hope that works. the zenequin runs out next week and i think i should bring him in if i dont see significant improvement. i do think the benadryl helps, so im going to keep him on it.

        6 months???? i cant even imagine!!! im so sorry!!!

        thank you again! very truly,

        1. As long as it isnt turning into pneumonia – and be sure they did/do a chest xray, keep an eye on him. Most antibiotics wont even help much because it is usually viral. I will also tell you my dog is stuck with a cough now all this time later when he gets excited or rubs on his throat area. The vet says it is scar tissue from the cough. Keep us posted and give your sweet baby a get well tummy rub from us.

  16. My dog got away from me found him via micro chip in no kill kennel. He never had a honking type cough when I finally found him. The vaccine most of them with the exception of rabies I don’t believe are needed but now he’s starting what I’m calling a backward sneeze. Called vet because it was early evening was told to use 1 teaspoon of robitussin DM every 10 hours as needed. Off to get free antibiotics from kennel. In morning to try and catch it early. But worried now about him getting the runs and becoming dehydrated. He has never been sick a day in his life. So in my opinion never house your dog at any kennel private or public.

    1. I agree! I had my dog vaccinated with Bordatella in order for her to go to a doggy day care place for just one day because my dog walker couldn’t come… Within a few days she started coughing. The vet put her on Clavamox for a week. She’s on day 5 and no change yet. I’m so worried and mad at myself for bringing her to that doggy daycare place. I’d rather her pee and poop in the house rather than this happening. My poor baby?

  17. Great article. When my puppy was getting her final vaccinations at the vet’s office back in November, they gave her a kennel cough vaccination with out my knowledge or permission. I only became aware of what they had done after looking at my invoice. It made me so mad as to why they would just assume this is something I wanted, which I didn’t. I don’t agree with giving them all the “preventive” vaccinations. I think they do more harm than good. Anyway, 6 weeks ago, she caught kennel cough. Like you Carol & Dexter, 1 month outside the window, coincidence??. I feel so awful for my little girl, one day she seems fine and the next is just horrible. She still pretty much acts the same, just hasn’t had much of an appetite and coughing & wheezing so we took her back to the vet and they subscribed some antibiotics. Over the weekend her cough seemed to change. Not a dry hack, more wet and it was like she was struggling with the coughs. Back to the vet on Monday for x-rays, she now has pneumonia and is taking Zeniquin along with the other two antibiotics. One thing I did remember to do when she started antibiotics was to give her a probiotic but that gave her diarrhea ?? so she’s eating yogurt. She doesn’t need another infection, she’s going through enough ;-(

  18. I recently adopted a yorkie puppy. I have had her a month & she is 5 1/2 months old. She was stung by a bee and went into anaphylaxtic shock. My vet stabilized her and we took her to the emergency hospital for an overnight. She was doing beautifully when we brought her home. This was a week ago. She started coughing a couple of days ago. Very infrequent so I thought maybe it was from the allergens in the air. yesterday it was happening all the time. I suspected kennel cough after doing some reading. I was going to take her in to the vet the next day but she was doing so poorly I decided to take her to emergency. She said her lungs sounded rough so told me to take her in to my vet today. She prescribed an antibiotic & cough suppressant. She got some sleep which I am thankful for but I am worried about fluid in the lungs now. She is only 3.8 pounds & I am scared to death. I know they will do a chest x-ray & I am praying for an all clear. She is also getting a blood test because her liver enzymes were off (due to the anaphylaxis they think). I am angry she is going through this since she had to pick it up at the vets. I hope it is Kennel Cough rather than pneumonia, flu, or heartworm. As of yesterday she was eating, playing etc. but just coughing..It is truly a pitiful sight to watch her suffer like this.

  19. My cocker has had that honking cough for 3 weeks now and been on 2 antibiotics including Baytril. Nothing is working. My heart breaks for him as he is an older dog with a heart murmur. I was told to give him Robitussin but that don’t help either. At a loss.

    1. Be sure it is not something cardiac in nature. Did they do a cardiac ultrasound? You may want to do that.

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  21. This virus shedding is a real issue. We just brought home a 9 week old puppy straight from the Vet and her health certification. Five days later, four of our six dogs – all vaccinated for Kennel Cough have it – $400.00 later and lots of meds for all, I am less than thrilled with paying for a vaccine that apparently CAUSES other dogs to get sick from it.

    The last puppy before that had a litter mate almost die from pneumonia after kennel cough – again within two weeks of getting his first vaccine – which caused him to be sick with the disease it was supposed to protect him from getting. Luckily, our boy and two other litter mates did not get the disease.

    Breeders are doing what they can to present healthy puppies to their new families and then the puppies are sick from something that is supposed to protect them – and other dogs in the house can also, as in our case, become infected.

    Vets and Pharma are making loads of money off of Kennel Cough aren’t they?

    I will be refusing it in the future.

  22. Hi my black Labrador at 15mths just got the kennel cough the first time at 14mths at first I thought it was something stuck down his throat but he was eating properly and drinking as well good as normal it only happened when he was excited to see me well a trip to the vet and 8days lock down on meds and healthy natural honey and lemon and coconut oil as a cough syrup helped my dog from the irritation of his throat it took four days to stop but it took a further 2wks from him being at the park anyway cut the story short I had made an appointment to get his vaccinations in kennel cough at the same time there was a park which I had to take my dog to get him exercised because he was being a little turd being couped up for three weeks after his exercise I took him to the vet for his vaccinations and vaccination for kennel cough a month went by and was still at home I thought it would be good for him to have a good run at the dog park three weeks later I was still monitoring him I thought he was good and healthy until now he got another strain from another dog who’s parent didn’t know her dog had kennel cough I had to tell her to take her dog to the vet and to be quarantined I also had to let everyone know with a hand written sign not to enter the dog park until it’s all clear.

    He is honking away it will only last for 3-5 days
    He is on doxycycline for 14days
    Every time he coughs I give him a tablespoon of raw honey with lemon juice and coconut virgin oil from the jar not cooking oil with warm water every couple of hours

    After giving his medication after two hours I give him his healthy booster vitimans to help combat and keep his immune system healthy

    His meals will have bone broth in it and he drinks warm water to help lessen his throat from irritation.

    There are many different strains the kennel cough vaccinations will only lessen it but to ensure your pet doesn’t have a compromised immune system I suggest going raw instead of kibble mix with greeny leaf mix aka spinach and kale with a teaspoon of apple vinegar cider and coconut oil that you can get from the health stores or supermarkets. Probiotic powder is better from a natural unsweetened yogurt and vitamin c powder or chews which can be sourced by your local pet store. Keep your dog warm and keep him away from bon fires or smoking near your dog

    Kennel cough drops are better than the needle from the vet and just make sure you keep up to date with the vaccinations for young dogs until they are one years old his last one was at 1year and 2mths and he doesn’t need his annual shot for another three years for older dogs it is recommended to get the tilter test done to find out whether your dog needs the shot but each year or six months just keep up with the kennel cough vaccinations

  23. Excellent information Carol, thanks. Kennel cough is super scary because it is so contagious and can lead to pneumonia. I fostered a dog with a terrible case of kennel cough. I had to isolate him from my dog and change clothes every time I went in the room to visit with him. His poor little body racked with coughing fits constantly and he couldn’t sleep. It lasted for weeks. Thankfully he recovered and I was relieved that my dog didn’t catch it as well. I didn’t know that dogs can have secondary vaccine effects – that’s fascinating!

    1. Yes, it sure is scary isn’t it? I cringe and poor Dex has leftover residual scar tissue that makes him cough now and then on his trachea.

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