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My 2 dogs are going into kennels in 5 days, but I'm not sure

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my 2 dogs are going into kennels in 5 days, but I'm not sure if 1has kennel cough. she hasn't lost her appetite & is still the same mad dog but every now & then she sounds like she has something stuck in her throat. will she still be able to go to kennels? she is seeing our vet tomorrow night to check.
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Vet
Expert:  Dr. B. replied 2 years ago.

Hello & welcome, I am Dr. B, a licensed veterinarian and I would like to help you with your wee one today.

How long has she had this cough?

Is she bringing up any froth or saliva after coughing?

Has she recently had any hard chews or chewed/ate anything that could have irritated or abraded her throat?

Customer: replied 2 years ago.
she has had it about 4 days. no she isn't bringing anything up & she & our other dog, who is male & 4 years old had a hard bone last week. she seems worse if she exercises & runs about.
Expert:  Dr. B. replied 2 years ago.

Thank you

Now when a young dog like Poppie starts to cough, we do have a few concerns. First, if she has perhaps irritated her throat (ie eating grass, hard kibble, the bone, eating bits of a chew, etc), then this could cause the cough you are hearing. Otherwise, common causes of see coughing include bacterial upper airway infections (ie kennel cough), parainfluenza and bacterial tracheitis. As well, but hopefully less likely with her sudden onset, we can see coughing with lung disease, heart troubles, and associated with some respiratory parasites (ie lungworm, heartworm).

Therefore, with all of this in mind and because its worse with exercise, we do need to monitor her closely since the infectious agents sound quite likely here. So, I am glad to see that you are planning to have her checked and I would note that you may want to request that your dogs are isolated in an area where they won't share an airspace with other dogs (since this is easily spread).

Otherwise, since her signs are mild and since she is otherwise well, until you do see her vet, you can try her on a mild cough suppressant like glycerin/honey cough syrup (with no drugs in it) or even plain honey. Both can be very soothing to the irritated and tickly throat. Typically we will give a 1-2 milliliter (~1/4-1/2 teaspoon) as needed.

Alternatively, you can try Benylin Tickly Cough Syrup with her. I would just say to make sure to use this preparation and avoid any similar syrups that may contain other medications like Paracetamol, Acetaminophen, Pseudoephedrine, Phenylephrine or caffeine (since these can be toxic). Dose-wise, we tend to give this as 1/2 (half) teaspoon per 10lbs of the dog's body weight every 8-12 hours. Again, these can reduce any possible irritation driving her to cough. Furthermore, if she has a throat irritation, then soaking her kibble or offering soft foods may also help reduce her signs.

Overall, if her signs are sudden in appearance, then the a bit of throat irritation and our infectious causes would be our top suspects here. With it being worse with exercise, the infectious agents are a bit more worrisome. Therefore, you can soothe her throat with the above until she is checked by her vet. If they confirm our concerns then it'd best for them to start her on treatment for the infectious cases and plan to keep her isolated at the kennels from other dogs (who may not have the immune strength that your 4 yr old is showing).

I hope this information is helpful.

If you need any additional information, do not hesitate to ask!

All the best,

Dr. B.


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