(Closed) Kennel cough

posted 4 years ago in Pets
Post # 2
2310 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2015 - Ruby Princess

It will last a few days, should start lessening 24-48 hrs after starting abx. If she doesn’t seem better in a couple days, or is getting worse, take her back. It can turn into pneumonia. Almost every dog I’ve ever fostered had it. The good news is once they get it, they usually don’t get it again. My own two dogs never caught it from the foster dogs. 

There was only one foster that got worse, not better on the fist abx. i had to remove hardened mucus from his nose so he could breathe better. He was pretty sick. He needed stronger abx (baytril, I think) and he got better. 

If their cough was super barky/hoarse, I would turn on the shower as hot as it would go and steam up the bathroom and stay in there for a half hour or so.  A humidifier can help, too.

If she seems lethargic, or refuses to eat/drink, take her back to the vet!  

Most dogs go through it, and 99% recover quickly. I hope your baby feels better soon.

Post # 3
6808 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2015

My parents adopted a puppy who had it. He spent the first two weeks with our family lying around in my bedroom, dripping snot all over the floor.  He was sleepy, droopy and didn’t play around a whole lot.  We just treated him like any other dog we’d had in the past, nothing different or unusual and he got over it.  He was a nut beyond that point – completely recovered.  We most definitely had to clean the carpet afterwards. I believe that more needs to be done if it’s a severe case, though.

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Post # 4
208 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2016

Not sure how it goes, other posters have commented on it, but I know if you think your dog has it again in future, or has a chance of it, (coming back from that boarding, hearing a nearby one has it), you can get a dose a medicine for it from the vet and it should help knock it out of their system.  She didn’t get it, so not sure if medicine did it or she just didn’t get anything in the first place.  (We went to a UKC dog show, like a less strict akc, for practice and heard a dog had it). 


Also did this respectable boarding kennel tell you one of their dogs had kennel cough? It’s highly contagious and they should have known, and informed you.

Post # 5
890 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2015

Poor baby! 

Kennel cough is so very contagious, it’s even rampant in high-end kennels and shelters. Our second rescue had kennel cough when we brought him home, and it ended up clearing up on it’s own. Our other dog was vaccinated against it, and never caught it from him. 

If it doesn’t get better on it’s own, it’s still a very treatable disease. Don’t panic too much yet and see if you can get some kind of treatment for it 🙂 

Post # 6
260 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2017

i adopted a puppy a few weeks ago, he got kennel cough a few days after he came home. Took him to the vet, got antibiotics and he gave the kennel cough to my 2 year old dog, so put both on antibiotics and it was gone in about 3 days but kept taking the antigioi for a whole week. 

Post # 7
192 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2016

My little guy had it as well, and was vaccinated against it too. After vet and meds, he was still lethargic for going on three weeks. Rest will get him well. 

Post # 9
346 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2018

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secondtimecharm:  poor thing! My foster (who I eventually adopted) just had HORRIBLE kennel cough, it took two kinds of antibiotics and about 10 days but he finally got better! The cough meds really helped. I would definitely called the kennel and complain though!

Post # 10
286 posts
Helper bee

I just adopted a little fella who has a pretty severe case of Kennel Cough.  He’s on antibiotics and cough meds so hopefully he will be better soon.  None of my dogs ever had it before so it was super scary to come home, and see him struggling to breathe.  I thought he ate something as was choking.  Today is day two on antibiotics and I saw an improvement this morning.  Hope he’ll be fully recouperated soon.

Post # 11
7430 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: February 2013

You’re doggy looks exactly like mine when she had kennel cough, I swear I have basically that same exact picture of our black lab when she was sick.

We adopted her from the pound when she was 3 months old, and she came to us with it. It started turning very very bad, and the second vet we took her to said it was turning into pneumonia and wanted to start breathing treatments and keep her at the hospital. The vet basically told me she was going to die. We couldn’t cover the huge costs, so we had them give her a shot of something (can’t remember what it was now as this was years ago), and took her to our preferred vet the next day for a second opinion. Whatever was in that shot really helped, and we were able to just put her on clavomox and she got better. The only downside is that she is very prone to UTIs now since she had to have so many antibiotics as a puppy.

Post # 12
6786 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2016

Your dog is gorgeous! I don’t have anything to add, just needed to say that after seeing that sweet picture. I hope she feels better soon!.

Post # 13
1115 posts
Bumble bee

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sortawaitingbee :  Try doing steam baths every morning and night also (turn on hot shower, close door, no fan and let your pup sit in there for about 15-20 min). I also ran the humidifier by my pup’s bed which helped a lot as well. He recovered much faster than by just doing the meds alone. Hope he feels better soon!

Post # 14
2109 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

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sortawaitingbee :  Our puppy had kennel cough when we got him. It took four rounds of antibiotics paired with steroids before he was 100% better. During this time, he was totally miserable so I started researching some additional things I could do to help him feel better while his meds did their work. I gave him a teaspoon of coconut oil a few times a day, which helped his cough not sound quite so hacking. I also bought a portable humidifier and put it next to his crate while he slept. I dropped a few drops of Thieves oil into the water and let it run all night. This also helped his cough. I hope your little guy feels better soon!

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