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I believe my 6 yr old female boxer has kennel...

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10 Apr 2011

I believe my 6 yr old female boxer has kennel cough although when I visited the vet yesterday they said bronchitis. I have a 14 year old mini dachs also, which I am worried about now that I read how contagious it is. I understand that no vet establishment wants to start hearing the word kennel cough but I wish they had just told me that she won't die from it. I was awake all night listening to this and thinking she would expire by the morning. The boxer had an ear hematoma repaired 8 days ago and stayed overnight. That is probably when she contracted it. I was given doxy and cough tabs. Will plain Robitussin
help (Guaifenisen) to loosen anything up; it sounds so dry and hacking. And I guess it curtains for my little dachs as she has an enlarged heart and a mega spleen and takes Enalapril 2.5. Please help. I can't get any questions answered as they don't want to admit it kennel cough.
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Dr. Christie
Dr. Christie

Dr. Christie :

Welcome to JustAnswer, this is Dr. Christie.

Dr. Christie :

How long has your dog been coughing?

<span class="JA_chatAuthorName"Customer:

Since yesterday (Saturday 5 a.m.)

Dr. Christie :

Is she eating and drinking normally?

Dr. Christie :

Does the cough seem worse after activity?

<span class="JA_chatAuthorName"Customer:

Yes eating and drinking just a little less than usual

Dr. Christie :

Any mucoid nasal discharge?

<span class="JA_chatAuthorName"Customer:

The cough gets a little worse after activity and boxers are excitable when paid attention to.

<span class="JA_chatAuthorName"Customer:

Nose is running somewhat like when she comes in from the cold weather in the winter.

Dr. Christie :

So a clear discharge?

<span class="JA_chatAuthorName"Customer:

Yes clear.

Dr. Christie :

The good thing is kennel cough does not cause death, it is just more of a nuciance than anything.

Dr. Christie :

It sounds horrible when they cough!

<span class="JA_chatAuthorName"Customer:

How about human cough syrup

Dr. Christie :

Typically the cough is the worst the first week, but starts to get better!

Dr. Christie :

She could cough for up to 3-4 weeks, but the cough will progresively get better.

Dr. Christie :

She is on cough tablts already-this has guafenisin in them

<span class="JA_chatAuthorName"Customer:

Is doxycycline the protocol

Dr. Christie :

Doxycycline is a broad spectrum antibiotic and can be used, as can several others

Dr. Christie :

Our concerns with kennel cough are 1) how infectious it is, and 2) development into pneumonia

Dr. Christie :

This is why we place them on antibiotics-to prevent pneumonia development

<span class="JA_chatAuthorName"Customer:

Now about my little old girl (10 lbs.) Is it inevitable that she we get it or is there any way to prevent it as she coughs already because of her cardiac insufficiency

Dr. Christie :

Monitor Tootsie's eating and drinking. Should she go completely off feed and water, she needs to be seen immediately as she may have developed pneumonia. Though she shouldn't with being on antibiotics

Dr. Christie :

If she has not been vaccinated against it, there is a good likelihood she will get it. Incubation priod for knnel cough is about 7-14 days

Dr. Christie :

There is nothing to prvent her from getting it now as she has already been exposed.

Dr. Christie :

Monitor her for any change in her cough. If you notice she starts having problems and her cough is getting worse, then get her to the vet immediately!

Dr. Christie
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