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My dog was diagnosed with kennel cough and...

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14 Apr 2017

My dog was diagnosed with kennel cough and treated with codine for the cough and doxycycline as an antibiotic. This was a week ago. Things began to get better, but now he is not eating (past 36hours) but is drinking water.
JA: I'm sorry to hear that. Coughing can be worrying. The Veterinarian will know what you should do. What is the dog's name and age?
Customer: Ajax, he's 2
JA: Is there anything else important you think the Veterinarian should know about Ajax?
Customer: That he was getting better but is now not eating
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14 Apr 2017

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14 Apr 2017
Sean Egan
Sean Egan

Hi there, this is Dr. Sean. I'll be happy to answer your questions about Ajax. How bad was his coughing before the meds, and how much is he coughing now? It's probably the meds that are causing his inappetance.

14 Apr 2017
Customer reply
14 Apr 2017
He was coughing (sounded like honking) consistently before the meds. Following the codine, the cough subsided and now he is only on the doxycycline antibiotic
14 Apr 2017
Customer reply
14 Apr 2017
A few days ago he was lethargic, shaking, feverish and not drinking or eating. We took him to the vet where they ran blood tests and took X-rays. Found nothing and placed him on an IV for 6+ hours.
14 Apr 2017
Customer reply
14 Apr 2017
He was better after that, but since has only eaten very little food. Our vet insists on giving him the full dosage of antibiotics
14 Apr 2017
Dog Veterinarian's response
14 Apr 2017
Sean Egan
Sean Egan

doxycycline's worst side effect is anorexia and vomiting. If he's only being treated for kennel cough, and not some other tick disease like Ehrlichia or Lyme, I would stop the doxy

14 Apr 2017
Customer reply
14 Apr 2017
it is only for the kennel cough. No other diseases or issues
14 Apr 2017
Dog Veterinarian's response
14 Apr 2017
Sean Egan
Sean Egan

I don't treat kennel cough with antibiotics at all as it is usually more of a viral component, and less bacterial. I also find that although they have a bad cough, they are pretty well normal in every other way, and it runs its course in 7-10 days with no treatment at all.

14 Apr 2017
Customer reply
14 Apr 2017
I agree with you. How long do you think it will be before he returns to normal eating after stopping the doxy?
14 Apr 2017
Dog Veterinarian's response
14 Apr 2017
Sean Egan
Sean Egan

Proabably a couple days.

14 Apr 2017
Customer reply
14 Apr 2017
Ok. We have him on a bland diet when he does eat. should we continue that or move to his regular food?
14 Apr 2017
Dog Veterinarian's response
14 Apr 2017
Sean Egan
Sean Egan

You could mix in some of his regular diet to see if he likes it better, but do a slow transition. He was never vomiting, right?

14 Apr 2017
Customer reply
14 Apr 2017
He did vomit after taking the first does of doxy and codine. Other than that, he was coughing up phlegm
14 Apr 2017
Dog Veterinarian's response
14 Apr 2017
Sean Egan
Sean Egan

Ok good. I don't suppose you might have any prednisone or sucralfate in the house?

14 Apr 2017
Customer reply
14 Apr 2017
I don't think so. I'm not sure what those are
14 Apr 2017
Dog Veterinarian's response
14 Apr 2017
Sean Egan
Sean Egan

A lot of people are prescribed them for a variety of reasons. I like a low dose of prednisone in cases like these as the main side effect is that it makes them hungry and thirsty. The sucralfate is like pepto bismol, only better. If you don't have any that's fine, we can just wait for the doxy to get out of his system.

14 Apr 2017
Customer reply
14 Apr 2017
Ok. I heard about using Pepcid but I guess it's not the same thing.
14 Apr 2017
Customer reply
14 Apr 2017
He is drinking water...so as long as that continues he should be ok?
14 Apr 2017
Dog Veterinarian's response
14 Apr 2017
Sean Egan
Sean Egan

Pepcid is an antacid, which might help to settle his stomach a bit. How much does he weigh?

14 Apr 2017
Customer reply
14 Apr 2017
Last check, 43lbs
14 Apr 2017
Customer reply
14 Apr 2017
He's lost about 3lbs over the past week though
14 Apr 2017
Dog Veterinarian's response
14 Apr 2017
Sean Egan
Sean Egan

Ok, he can have a 20mg pepcid every 12 hrs for 3 doses. As long as he is drinking water and keeping it down, he should be fine to wait it out.

14 Apr 2017
Customer reply
14 Apr 2017
Ok. Sounds good. We'll give it a try.
14 Apr 2017
Dog Veterinarian's response
14 Apr 2017
Sean Egan
Sean Egan

Hopefully he'll be feeling better soon.

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Thanks!
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