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Experience:  University of California at Davis graduate veterinarian with 45 years of experience.
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Male Labrador has been lethargic to 5 days. Sleeps and isn't

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Male Labrador has been lethargic for 4 to 5 days. Sleeps and isn't active. Eats, takes walks. three years old. Was in kennel. When he barks, he chokes. Keeps swallowing. Moves mouth a lot. Seems uncomfortable. Could he have kennel cough? If not, what else?
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Dog
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 1 year ago.

Nancy, Jake's history of being kenneled (3-10 days ago/the incubation period for kennel cough) and now demonstrating sensitivity in his oropharynx/larynx should point to an upper respiratory infection such as infectious tracheobronchitis ("kennel cough") but his lack of coughing and malaise isn't typical of kennel cough. Kennel cough is an umbrella term for infection due to a variety of bacteria and viruses, however, and so symptoms can vary. Although I don't ordinarily treat these patients with antibiotics because they most often remiss unaided within 1-3 weeks, Jake sounds as if he would benefit from either doxycycline or amoxicillin/clavulanate - the antibiotics of choice when addressing the bacteria found in kennel cough. Alternatively, if there's a significant chance that plant awns (foxtails, e.g.) had penetrated Jake's throat (often lodging behind the tonsils in the tonsillar crypts), Jake will need to be dissociated or anesthetized to have his throat thoroughly examined for those awns.

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Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 1 year ago.

Thank you for your kind accept. I appreciate it. I can't set a follow-up in this venue so please return to our conversation - even after rating - with an update at your convenience. You can bookmark this page for ease of return.

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Wrote a reply, but lost in to cyber space. May or may not try again.
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 1 year ago.

I'll watch for it or your next reply.

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