Post # 1
My baby has kennel cough! She is 7 months old and just returned from a 30 day board/training program at a very respected local kennel. She started hacking and coughing yesterday and would also spit up/vomit. She is miserable and I feel so bad for her. We’ve been to the vet (twice) and she’s on some cough Jed’s and antibiotics. Has anyone else’s dog had this?! If so, how long did it last and what helped? We had her vaccinated against it, but apparently there are many strains and they can get it anyway. Ugh.
Post # 2
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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
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
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
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
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
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 # 8
Thanks for the reasurring words. I think the antibiotics are to hopefully prevent pneumonia. I will try the shower thing.
I will DEFINITELY need my carpets cleaned. Ugh.
The kennel didn’t know the dog was sick, as it didn’t have any symptoms while it was there. After I notified them, they called me and explained what had happened.
Thanks! I have antibiotics and cough medicine. I hope it kicks in soon!
I hope my dog gets better that fast! She was up much of the night coughing/hacking/vomiting for the second night in a row. She has had a full 24 hours of antibiotics, so hopefully she will feel better soon. Glad your pups got better!
Three weeks! Aw, poor thing. I hope her puppy sense kicks in soon and she feels better. I’m thinking that it’s affecting her worse because she is a puppy though. She is doing a lot of resting at the moment.
Post # 9
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
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
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
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
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
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!
Post # 15
Just wanted everyone to know my baby is well and recovered completely. However, she does get frequent UTI’s though, so I wonder if she has the same problem as Cory_loves_this_girl’s pup.
<div>I hope everyone else going through this has a positive outcome. It’s definitly no fun. : ( </div>