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He had kennel cough vaccine (drops up nose) last week and is

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He had kennel cough vaccine (drops up nose) last week and is now intermittently “coughing” making a noise like he’s trying to bring something up. Health and behaviour all normal apart from distress with his coughing/retching.
JA: I'll do all I can to help. Coughing can be worrying. The Expert will know what you should do. What is the dog's name and age?
Customer: Kodak. Male cockerpoo. Age 2 and half.
JA: Is there anything else the Veterinarian should be aware of about Kodak?
Customer: No. Healthy. All boosters etc up to date.

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Is he doing more of a snorting sound?

Is he eating and drinking well?

Activity normal?

How much does he weigh?

Customer: replied 2 day ago.
Snorting yes! Everything else normal. Weighs about 9kg. Normal weight/checked at vets regularly. I have video of him coughing if that helps which I can send you?

Thanks for the information. If you can attach that video to your next message, I would be happy to take a look at it.

Customer: replied 2 day ago.
Video attached I think.

Thanks for the video. That looks and sounds more like a reverse sneeze to me. You can look up a few videos on Youtube to see if you concur. Reverse sneezing is common, especially in smaller dogs and looks worse than it really is. It is usually due to some type of nasal irritation. It is possible that it could have been the intranasal bordatella vaccine. Some dogs may have a little more irritation related to that. It is usually self limiting, though and goes away on its own. In many cases, Benadryl helps. For his size, you can give a full 25 mg dose every 8-12 hours. It is possible it could cause some drowsiness. While usually safe, as with any human medication, I always recommend checking with your vet to make sure there is nothing in the history to make it contraindicated for him. Please let me know if you have any other questions or concerns. Hope this helps.

 

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Customer: replied 2 day ago.
Hello again. Sorry but I disagree about reverse sneezing. This is a definite cough or retching sound. Went on YouTube as you suggest and think it sounds like kennel cough. Could he have that, given he had the vaccine last week? It’s quite prolonged for periods and then back to normal, so based on what I e seen on YouTube it doesn’t seem to be tracheal collapse. He’s never had this coughing before.

You looked at a few videos, correct? It can present in different ways. With the bordetella vaccine, it is not uncommon to have some symptoms that appear to be kennel cough. Just like some people may develop mild flu like symptoms from a flu vaccine. It isn't the actual disease that they have. It is just the body's response to the vaccine. Those symptoms are typically self limiting. It definitely doesn't seem like tracheal collapse to me. It still sounds more like what I would hear from a reverse sneeze than a cough. What I cannot tell from the video, though, is if his mouth is open while he is doing this. If it is closed or barely open, then it wouldn't be a cough. If it is open a little wider then it could still be a cough. Either way, if he was my dog and was acting normal otherwise, I would still try giving Benadryl for a couple of days to see if that helps. If it doesn't or if it is getting worse, then a trip back to the vet may be in order to re-evaluate. Let me know if you have any other questions.

 

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Customer: replied 2 day ago.
That’s great Dr John. I’ll give Benadryl as you suggest and go to vet in a couple of days if it doesn’t stop. At least it’s not Coronavirus! Thankyou very much. Kind regards, Lorraine

You are welcome. Yes, at least we don't have to worry about this virus with our pets. Let me know if you have any other concerns. If you can rate my service now, that would be appreciated. You can always reply back later.

 

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