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Kennel cought

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    winnie_barkeyposted 8 years ago

    My st bernard was 4 months old, when i bought him that time he was having kennel cought, i hv brought him to doctor for several time but still no cure. what other way i can do ?

    1. Brett Winn profile image89
      Brett Winnposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      Kennel Cough generally resolves within three weeks. If he is coughing longer than that, the cough might be caused by something else ... roundworms would be my guess. (I once many years ago actually saw a puppy cough up a round worm .... eeewww!) I recently rescued a kitten that was wormy, and she had a cough as well that resolved once I'd treated her for roundworms.

      I hope he's better soon!


      1. Whitney05 profile image84
        Whitney05posted 8 years agoin reply to this

        Kennel cough can develop into other health conditions, like pneumonia, which although rare ca be fatal in dogs.

        And yes, it is possible that the cough is caused by something else. Hopefully the vet diagnosed the illness right.

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      babygirl33posted 8 years agoin reply to this

      Kennel cough can genarally resolve within three weeks.It is like pneumonia.it can be fatal to your pets.

    3. susansisk profile image86
      susansiskposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      If you bought him with this, the breeder you bought him from should have to pay for treatment with antibiotics.  It is contagious, so probably all their puppies had it.  Maybe they would also pay to have him vaccinated against it.

  2. Jackson Riddle profile image52
    Jackson Riddleposted 8 years ago

    My dog had this a couple of weeks ago. I don't like doing this to him but he got very little excersise for the next week and a half as his cough got less and less pronounced until nearly two weeks after the vet said he had kennel cough he finally stopped coughing.

    So, you just have to wait it out I guess, although in such a young dog I am not sure.

  3. Sara Tonyn profile image60
    Sara Tonynposted 8 years ago

    Call a different vet and tell him/her you think your dog has kennel cough. Explain what you've done so far and tell the vet that the cough doesn't seem to be going away. Ask if there's anything more you can do.

    Chances are the vet will want you to bring your dog in for a visit to make sure it's really kennel cough before giving any definite advice over the phone.

    Why keep taking your dog to the same vet if your dog isn't getting any better?

    Is your dog eating and drinking normally? Does he seem to have a fever? (warm, dry nose; hot ears)

    Is he sleeping more than usual? (Less activity is better for him while he has the cough but if he has NO energy, he's feeling sick.)

    Does he respond to his name and want to play?

    I read that you can put a little honey on a piece of bread and feed it to your dog to reduce the coughing. Also, honey is a natural antiseptic ("germ-killer") so it may help clear up whatever is causing the cough.

    (People used to put honey on open wounds to kill germs and speed healing. Actually, you still can do it. It works! But it's sticky... )

  4. Whitney05 profile image84
    Whitney05posted 8 years ago

    There is a treatment for kennel cough. If your vet said there's no a cure, definitely find another one.

    You can also put the dog in a bathroom or small room with a humidifier to help, as well as offer various natural ingredients to ease coughing and throat soreness.

    Like Sara said, why keep taking the dog to the same vet if he's not getting any better. Definitely find another vet.

  5. Brett Winn profile image89
    Brett Winnposted 8 years ago

    PS ... I'm not a vet, but I would think that if it IS kennel cough that he has, that having it would certainly provide him with immunity as long as a vaccination would!

  6. Whitney05 profile image84
    Whitney05posted 8 years ago

    It is not fatal, but the respiratory illness that can develop from kennel cough can be. It's rare, but possible for a dog to die from pneumonia that was developed bc of kennel cough.

    Here's a hub with load of info I wrote this morning, inspired by this thread. It has info on treatment options, causes, diagnosis, etc.

    The vaccination is not effective if the dog already has kennel cough. It is a preventative measure, not a treatment.


  7. Brian Leighton profile image66
    Brian Leightonposted 8 years ago

    I agree that you should definately bring your dog to a different Vet. Antibiotics can be given to help clear up Kennel Cough, but I would also be trying to ascertain the cause of it at the same time.

  8. Infomum profile image55
    Infomumposted 8 years ago

    My 7 month old boxer has just had kennel cough.  The vet gave her a week of antibiotics, and suggested a childrens expectorant cough mixture.

    My dog pretty much stopped coughing by the time the antibiotics had finished. So a week of medication and confinement to the house and (small) yard did the trick.

    I was surprised that she got kennel cough as she has been vacinated for it - but aparently there are strains that the vaccination doesnt protect against.

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    livingequineposted 8 years ago

    I rescued a blue heeler, he had phemonia so bad. learned that it was caused by kennel cough after he passed it to my other dog.

    He was on antiboitics for 4 weeks, it has now been 2 months since i stopped treatment. he no longer coughs but still gets a gurgle in his throat sometimes.

    My other dog was fine in 2 weeks with a little antibiotics so it didnt trun to phemonia.

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    sneakorocksolidposted 8 years ago

    We have our son vacinated before each fall semester.