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What To Do For a Dog With Kennel Cough

Cough, honk, retch, repeat. These are the sounds no dog parent ever wants to hear; for if you are hearing them, your dog is likely afflicted with infective tracheobronchitis aka kennel cough. You’ve landed on this post because you either:

  1. Want to learn more about how to prevent this respiratory infection
  2. Your dog (or a dog you know) has contracted it.

I have personally dealt with it twice in the past 7 years; my dog acquired it at a dog park at the age of 2 and then most recently, kennel cough symptoms surfaced shortly before Thanksgiving. It is now some 6 weeks later and we are finally seeing the light of day…and the lack of a goose-sounding cough. This is our journey, what we’ve learned, what the experts say, and what you need to know should your dog contract kennel cough.

What to do for a dog with kennel cough

What Kennel Cough Sounds Like

Here is a typical scenario of what kennel cough sounded like in my dog, Dexter. 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.

What Is Kennel Cough?

Kennel cough, the common name given to infectious canine tracheobronchitis, is a highly contagious respiratory disease among dogs, so say the folks at petMD. As the name suggests, it is typified by inflammation of the trachea and bronchi. 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 bordetellosis.

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 later.

Kennel cough affects a dog's respiratory system

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.

The exposure to kennel cough can be likened to the chicken pox virus in people. That is, the characteristic cough emerges within a 5 to 10 days after exposure to the offending pathogen. Dogs who spent time in a kennel situation, perhaps boarding or in a shelter, are often exposed.

According to the folks at Whole Dog Journal, kennel cough is almost always more annoying to the dog and its caretaker than it is a serious event.

However…..

Kennel cough can advance to the lower respiratory tract of a dog and cause pneumonia. This, of course, caused me great concern, so in addition to visiting the vet: Four times in 4 weeks, I called upon some trusted resources in veterinary medicine.

What I learned over the last 5 weeks is that no one case of kennel cough is the same, and that each dog needs to be examined, monitored, and treated according to their specific symptoms. Sometimes medication is dispensed and often times it is not.

Waiting at vet for kennel cough visit
Waiting at vet for kennel cough visit

Diary of a Dog With Kennel Cough

11/22/15: After a fun weekend with friends out of town with my family (dog, Dexter, included), my pooch woke up with a hacking, goose-like cough, as depicted in the video above.

11/23/15: Vet visit: Backup vet on call for the week of Thanksgiving. After hearing Dexter cough, doing a routine exam, and listening to his lungs, he is diagnosed with kennel cough. Medications dispensed include:

  • Doxycycline: 2 per day for 10 days;
  • Temaril P to help suppress cough, for 4 days;

I am not thrilled about the Temaril P, as the side effects are not the most pleasant, but I deduce that 4 days is a small price to pay to help suppress a nasty cough.

Note: Antibiotics will not “cure” kennel cough; in many cases, antibiotics are not prescribed. Veterinarians may prescribe antibiotics to help facilitate a faster recovery. However, since the disease can be caused by any number of pathogens, including viral, antibiotics may not help at all.

My fear: Pneumonia.

We opted for this line of treatment.

Waiting at vet for kennel cough visit
“Again, Mama?”

12/03/15: The cough continues and I am fearing tracheal damage from the hacking, retching, gagging, and the fact that my dog sounds as if “something is caught in the back of his throat.” Our vet sees us.

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.

Sneezing is now occurring and a clear discharge is noticed from the left nostril.

Recommendations: Chest x-ray, throat x-ray, and physical exam.

Assessment: Kennel cough continues. Lungs and throat are clear. Veterinarian prescribes:

  • Baytril for 10 days as an antibiotic;
  • Vistaril 1-2 a day: Has sedative properties to help Dexter sleep better.

12/13/15:  Dog mom instincts tell me that something just is not right. In addition to continuing kennel cough, Dexter now looks like this:

Kennel cough drooling

See the drool from his mouth and the funky looking left eyeball? Off to the vet we go.

Since my last Cocker Spaniel had a Bell’s Palsy-like attack that lasted a few weeks, I surmised this might be the case. In dogs, they call this Horner’s Syndrome.

I was wrong. Thank goodness.

The vet looked into Dexter’s ears and flushed them. Note: I am pretty obsessive about flushing Cocker ears at least weekly with a good ear flush. He saw no infection but a lot of inflammation in the left ear and prescribed:

  • Previcox, an anti-inflammatory. Dexter was diagnosed with neuralgia. Nerve inflammation. He still has kennel cough, which can last weeks to even months in some dogs.

How is it that the dogs who are so very well taken care of and who ARE vaccinated against kennel cough are the ones that seem to get affected? These thoughts run through my mind.

Fa la la la la.

Oh and Dexter is still contagious at this point.

I invest in a warm air humidifier, set it up in the bathroom, and hope the warm steam will help my little boy breathe better, as shown in the above video.

12/23/15: Vet visit #4 with a different vet because our vet is on Christmas break.

Dexter has a funky smell emanating from his left ear and his left nostril looks like this:

Crusty nose from sinus infection

Assessment: Yeast and bacterial infection of the middle ear, left; slight bacteria and yeast in right ear. Sinus infection. Kennel cough lessening.

My Personal Assessment: Frustration. When I take antibiotics, I know better: I take acidophilus, some folks may opt for yogurt to help promote the good bacteria that the antibiotics are killing.

I never gave my dog a probiotic. *bangs head on keyboard*

“Carol, could it be that your dog has a yeast infection in his ears as a side effect to antibiotics,” fellow Cocker mom and long-time rescuer, Naomi Lukaszewski shared with me.

You could have knocked me over with a pin.

Prescriptions Dispensed:

  • Surolan ear drops
  • Clavamox 22 capsules: 2 a day
  • Continue the Previcox
  • I insisted on a probiotic

Our next vet visit is in a week for a post med check and to see what’s going on ear wise. I am using Vaseline to clean out the nostril gunk very gently and with the hands of a skilled, loving dog mom.

What the Pros Say

Dr Patrick Mahaney “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 5 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.”

What about the efficacy or lack thereof of the kennel cough vaccine? At present time, there are three methods of distribution for this vaccine:

  1. Intranasal: In one nostril, no needle or syringe needed;
  2. Subcutaneous: Under the skin via needle;
  3. Orally: In the mouth

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 6 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.”

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Photo courtesy Dr. Laurie Coger.

My Experience with the Kennel Cough Vaccine

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.

That said, I do travel with my dog and he is a little social butterfly, so we opt for the every 6-month intranasal kennel cough vaccine. It takes a second or two, and poof, it’s done.

Dexter was last vaccinated in late April, 2015. He acquired kennel cough in late November, so he was technically outside the 6-month window.

Does a dog need vaccines

Can Anyone Else Relate?

A member of the American Cocker Club and involved in the Cocker show ring for almost 20 years, dog mom Holly Lawson has dealt with kennel cough.

A litter of 5-month old puppies received the kennel cough spray along with all of their shots during a routine visit to the vet with Lawson. She took the puppies to handling class and they picked up kennel cough. Though they treated the kennel cough,  it turned into para influenza, mycoplasma and Pneumonia. To top it off, the puppies got infected tonsils, which were removed. The manufacturer of the kennel cough vaccine paid for all of Lawson’s medical bills.

For Lawson, the kennel cough vaccine IS important, though it does not cover every pathogen and bacteria “out there.”

“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 says.

Dogs Naturally Magazine recently ran a very interesting article on the topic of kennel cough vaccines, stating there are three critical problems with them:

  • The vaccine does not work that well;
  • The vaccine is not safe;
  • Somebody did bad math because vaccinated dogs shed the disease they were vaccinated against into the environment. The writer says that dogs that are vaccinated for kennel cough shed the virus, meaning they will infect other dogs for weeks after vaccination.

Their article makes for some very interesting reading, and you can check out the Dogs Naturally magazine kennel cough vaccine article here.

Cocker Spaniel Dexter
Looking good, paws crossed the next visit is good, too!

My Dog Today

We are at the nearly 6-week mark since my dog first exhibited signs of kennel cough and he:

  • Has a slight cough now and then with the gagging sound at the end: But mostly he does not have this happen.
  • When he rolls or his throat area/chest is bumped or palpated, he coughs for a bit: This has been going on for years since his FIRST bout of kennel cough all those years ago.
  • I am flushing his ears every other day until he sees the vet for a followup appointment next week. I hope the yeast is gone. Zymox has a line of products I like and we are also a fan of MalAcetic. Always check with your vet on what cleaner/flush to use.
  • I have started my dog on Only Natural Pet Immune System Strengthener for the next 30-60 days.
  • I worry that he could relapse, that we are caught in some vicious cycle, but I tell myself that research shows it is common for the cough to linger for months sometimes.
  • I invested in a home air purifier to help all of our respiratory system over the unseasonably strange winter months of higher temps we are experiencing.

Will I Vaccinate/What Would I Do Differently?

Shy of having my dog walk around in a bubble or an invisible force field, I cannot protect him from every virus, bacteria, or cootie of the world.

I might allow him to have the intranasal vaccine in the spring. I’m thinking, thinking, thinking.

I no longer allow routine vaccines and had my dog titered for levels that show he has immunity protection in his system. Read all about dog titers here.

We are required by law to have a rabies vaccine. I am not happy about it, and I love the work that Dr. Jean Dodds is doing in this area. Read about the rabies challenge here and how you can partake.

If this ever happens again, I’d consider administering something like children’s Robitussin DM according to the vet’s dosing instructions. Note that you never want to stop a dog’s cough completely if he has kennel cough: You want the dog to cough to move the mucus that is sitting in his lungs. Never experiment with cough meds and always ask your veterinarian first. Many children’s and adult cough syrups contain deadly Xylitol.

As a final note, our dog’s veterinarian tells me he is seeing more and more cases of kennel cough in these past months. If these dogs are indeed vaccinated, there’s something to be said about vaccine efficacy, is there not?

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.

QUESTION: Has your dog ever experienced kennel cough and/or what are your thoughts on the vaccine?

A dog lover of the highest order is how Gayle King introduced Carol Bryant, when she appeared with her Cocker Spaniel on Oprah Radio’s Gayle King show to dish dogs. Carol created and owns the trademark, My Heart Beats Dog® and lives that mantra. A 30-year veteran of the dog world, she is President of the Dog Writers Association of America (DWAA) and the 2020 DWAA winner for Best Dog Blog.

Comments

  1. Robin Rue (@massholemommy) says

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

    • Sheri Bradfield says

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

  2. Tamara says

    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. Patrick Mahaney says

    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

    • Carol Bryant says

      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….

    • Donna says

      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.

      • Carol Bryant says

        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. Dan says

    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!

    • Angeline Pepper says

      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. Helene Cohen Bludman says

    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. nancy says

    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. Bri says

    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. Censie says

    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. Janeane Davis says

    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. Emma says

    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.

    • Carol Bryant says

      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. Trisha says

    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. Beth | Daily Dog Tag says

    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.

    • Angeline Pepper says

      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. Kim Kiernan says

    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.

    • Carol Bryant says

      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. Sandy Kubillus says

    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!

    • Carol Bryant says

      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. Bonnie says

    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?

    • Carol Bryant says

      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.

      • Bonnie says

        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,
        Bonnie

        • Carol Bryant says

          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. Babette Yannacey says

    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.

    • Dorothy Maguire says

      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. Belle says

    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. Bobbie Brown says

    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. Lynn says

    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.

  20. Susan Masselvik says

    This is awesome!
    Fabulous product!!! This is my second one and I love both of them, actually my dog loves them. Very easy to set up, ample air vents, light weight so moving it around is convenient. My fur-baby is always slipping into his home, since it is the coolest place in the house. At night he lays on a cooling pad on the bed, with summer coming will purchase a pad for his home. I purchased the 32 inch kennel even though my Shih-Tzu could have gotten by with a smaller one, I wanted to make sure he has plenty of moving space. My daughter bought one for her baby after she saw how mine loved his. I would recommend this product to everyone, very, very happy with this item.

  21. LW says

    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. Michelle says

    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

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