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My dogs have kennel cough. Feed store only...

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31 Dec 2011

My dogs have kennel cough. Feed store only had penicillin. what dosage do I give to my dogs in a shot?
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Dr. BJ Hughes
Dr. BJ Hughes

Dr. BJ Hughes :

Hi there -

Dr. BJ Hughes :

Welcome to Just Answer.

Dr. BJ Hughes :

Is the cough the major feature that is causing problems? How frequent? any respiratory difficulty in breathing or wheezing?

Dr. BJ Hughes :

Often antibiotics are not used in this infection -- and penicillin would not be a medication commonly chosen.

Dr. BJ Hughes :

So there may be a better approach -- some even with over the counter meds --

Dr. BJ Hughes :

It appears you are offline - if you are still lin need of assitance with this question, please write me back ...

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I finally was able to log in. I am using penicillin. What dosage do I use for my dogs. They are infected.

<span class="JA_chatAuthorName"Customer:

Hello......

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Hello.............

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My Monsta is coughing, wheezing, gaging. He is getting worse. I have 4 dogs. What dosage do I give them?

Dr. BJ Hughes :

Hi there -- with Kennel cough penicillin would not be the medication to use .

Dr. BJ Hughes :

Are you sure this is kennel cough ?

<span class="JA_chatAuthorName"Customer:

The feed store did not have meds shown on website?

<span class="JA_chatAuthorName"Customer:

Yes, My daughter bought a terrier at spca before christmas. Bella.... has cough. comes and goes. Has been aroung my dog Monsta, who is now coughing, wheezing. and now gaging. Getting worse.

Dr. BJ Hughes :

Ok -- with kennel cough -- the medication of choice is doxycycline -- and it is prescription only -- and not something that would be found on the shelf --

<span class="JA_chatAuthorName"Customer:

Are you able to give prescription?

Dr. BJ Hughes :

However -- it also does not really treat the kennel cough infection -- as it is hard to treat with antibiotics. We give the antiboitics to decrease chance of secondary infection .

Dr. BJ Hughes :

Prescriptions are not legal unless a physical exam is given --

Dr. BJ Hughes :

However -- I can tell you what medications that are not prescription, that might be used --

Dr. BJ Hughes :

with kennel cough .

<span class="JA_chatAuthorName"Customer:

OK

<span class="JA_chatAuthorName"Customer:

Still there?

Dr. BJ Hughes :

with kennel cough -- it usually runs its course in 10 - 14 days --

<span class="JA_chatAuthorName"Customer:

ok

Dr. BJ Hughes :

It can be mild to severe (with coughing up blood, and secondary pneumonia)

Dr. BJ Hughes :

Obviously - if it is severe -- then a vet visit and prescription meds are needed -

Dr. BJ Hughes :

With over the counter meds --

Dr. BJ Hughes :

YOu can use --

Dr. BJ Hughes :

Dextromethorphan cough medication --

<span class="JA_chatAuthorName"Customer:

LIke musinex d

<span class="JA_chatAuthorName"Customer:

Mucinex D

Dr. BJ Hughes :

http://www.peteducation.com/article.cfm?c=0+1303+1469&aid=1395

Dr. BJ Hughes :

Here is a link to additonal info -- Not like musinex as this has guafenisen in it as well --

Dr. BJ Hughes :

But simple cough medication - with dextromethorphan as the active ingredient.

<span class="JA_chatAuthorName"Customer:

Dosage is shown on this website... as I have 4 different dogs to medicate

Dr. BJ Hughes :

Yes -- it does --

<span class="JA_chatAuthorName"Customer:

Should I use it up to 10 to 14 days?

Dr. BJ Hughes :

Simply multiply the pounds in body weight -- time the dosage -- this gives the total dosage in mg

Dr. BJ Hughes :

Then when you find a medication -- check to see how many mg per teaspoon or other measurement - -

Dr. BJ Hughes :

This is for the cough only -- to give some relief --

Dr. BJ Hughes :

and is given only when needed --

Dr. BJ Hughes :

If there is increased problems, difficulty breathing , loss of appetite , loss of energy -- then a vet visit is needed for prescription meds.

Dr. BJ Hughes :

http://www.aspca.org/pet-care/dog-care/dog-care-kennel-cough.aspx

Dr. BJ Hughes :

This link has some other treatment suggestions -- humidifiers etc -- that might be helpful with kennel cough . It also gives good general information --

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