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My dog received her Bordatella shot and then...

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24 Jul 2009

My dog received her Bordatella shot and then went to a kennel because we were away for a few days. After about 2 days she started coughing and gagging and now throws up everything she is eating.. I think it may be kennel cough..she is a chocolate lab about 1 1/2 years old.. what can I do for her that is homeopathic and inexpensive? I've heard hydrogen peroxide mixed with honey will help.. is this true and if so how much? It's terrible hearing and seeing her like this
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24 Jul 2009
Dr. Chris
Dr. Chris
I'm sorry you're experiencing this. It's good that she had her Bordetella vaccine, and I hope it was given at least 2 weeks before she went to the kennel for maximum protection. Most of the time when dogs start coughing after a kennel stay, it's due to an upper respiratory virus. There isn't much you can do for a virus other than to support the immune system with good nutrition and minimizing stress. Eventually the dog will get better without any treatment. However, if the dog is coughing so much that she vomits up her food and isn't resting well, that will suppress her immune system and delay her recovery. If she doesn't have a fever or lethargy, and she isn't coughing up mucus, she probably doesn't need an antibiotic, but she might benefit alot from a cough suppressant which will allow her to get some rest and keep her food down. A visit to her vet. will be necessary to make sure there are no signs of pneumonia. If not, the vet. can prescribe a cough suppressant to give her (and you) some relief. Do not give her the hydrogen peroxide with honey unless you want her to vomit more. Hydrogen peroxide is commonly used to induce vomiting in dogs that have eaten something they shouldn't have. Good luck. I hope she's feeling better soon. Kennel cough is VERY common in any kennel or shelter situation, even when dogs are properly vaccinated. The vaccine helps to protect the dogs from a more serious bacterial infection that can take hold when they are stressed out and coughing alot.
24 Jul 2009
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24 Jul 2009
She is vomiting mucus when she coughs ..its white and foamy.. then she licks it up...gross!! What homeopathic things are there than drugs?
24 Jul 2009
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24 Jul 2009
Dr. Chris
Dr. Chris
Dogs will do gross things like that- Yuk! But, it's normal for them. I'm not aware of any homeopathic remedies for coughing as I haven't studied homeopathy and the science behind it is questionable. There may be some herbal remedies but with the severity of the coughing that occurs with kennel cough, you might have trouble getting it under control. The good thing about it is that the medications are temporary and carry a very low risk of side effects.
24 Jul 2009
Customer reply
24 Jul 2009
Is Pedia care ok for her and how much?
24 Jul 2009
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24 Jul 2009
Dr. Chris
Dr. Chris
I wouldn't give pediacare because it has alot of sugar in it and could upset the stomach. You can give pedialyte, however to help keep her hydrated. If she is vomiting, it's best to stop food for 12 hours and give only small drinks of fluid like water or pedialyte (about 1/2 cup at a time) every half hour,or so.
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