(Closed) My poor sick puppy – Has anyone used Cefa Drops before?

posted 6 years ago in Pets
Post # 3
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2012

@MsYellowJacket:  Does he have kennel cough?  I’d advise for you to take your puppy to the vet.  Hope he feels better soon.

Post # 4
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

You really should take him to the vet, he could be very sick (coughing every 5 minutes makes it sound like its in an advanced stage).

Check out this website, it will give you a better idea:

http://pets.webmd.com/dogs/coughing-dogs-causes-treatments

Here is a section from that website (still please call a vet):

  • A deep, dry, hacking cough made worse by exercise or excitement is characteristic of kennel cough.
  • A moist, bubbling cough indicates fluid or phlegm in the lungs and suggests pneumonia.
  • A high, weak, gagging cough, followed by swallowing and licking the lips, is characteristic of tonsillitis and sore throat.
  • A spasm of prolonged coughing that occurs at night or while lying on the sternum suggests heart disease.
  • A “goose-honk” cough in a toy breed dog indicates a collapsing trachea.

Post # 7
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

I would call the rescue tonight or tomorrow morning & let them know what’s going on. If they have a vet on site or one they work with, they should be able to give you more info. You should ask to talk with their vet & ask them questions such as what to look out for that would be a serious signs/symptoms & how long before you see improvements (the ASPCA site says it can last 6 weeks or more in puppies & may still be contagious for awhile, even when the symptoms go away).

This is from the ASPCA website: http://www.aspca.org/pet-care/dog-care/dog-care-kennel-cough.aspx

How Is Kennel Cough Treated?

  • Dogs with kennel cough should be isolated from other dogs.

  • A humidifier or vaporizer can provide some relief. You can also allow your dog into the bathroom while you shower. The steam will help soothe her irritated breathing passages.

  • Avoid exposing her to cigarette smoke or other noxious, irritating fumes.

  • A cough suppressant or antimicrobial may be described. Your vet can be able to determine if they would be helpful to your dog.

  • If your dog pulls against her collar while being walked, replace it with a harness until the coughing subsides.

  • Supportive care is very important—be sure your dog is eating, drinking and in a stress-free environment.

When Is It Time To See The Vet Again?

You should see some improvement in your dog’s condition within one week of treatment, but be alert to how long the symptoms last. If your dog has nasal discharge, is breathing rapidly, refuses to eat or seems lethargic, take her to the veterinarian right away. Serious cases of kennel cough can lead to pneumonia if left untreated.

 Poor pup :(. Hope he recovers fast… but it sounds like it’ll probably take a few weeks at least. Document his symptoms, this will help the vet when you go in. Depending on what your rescue says, I’d probably also take him in to a vet to be checked out. Every 5 minutes just seems really often, you could call a vet & see if it sounds like its something really serious, but most vets won’t give much advice over the phone (can be a liability). Also a vet could prescribe a cough suppressent & your pup may benefit from that. His poor throat :(. Good luck!! Keep us updated! Oh… what’s your pup’s name?

ETA: I’ve never seen or dealt w/ Kennel Cough but just wanted to stress that its really important you talk to a vet tomorrow because your pup could be VERY sick! I mean, they may even want you to bring him to the ER or something, so please please call them in the morning!

Post # 8
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: February 2012

I don’t know Cefa drops– but I do know that sometimes animals in rescues can become resistant to certain drugs used at rescue organizations.  The rescue uses the same drugs (because they usually work with a vet and get a deal) and the diseases in the shelter become resistant to those drugs and new dogs who come in pick up the new strains of diseases. 

I’d take him to the vet.

Post # 9
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

I just adopted my Pek mix from the shelter and he had bad case of kennel cough.  I would have the vet confirm fluid isn’t building in his lungs cause it will progressnto pneumonia.  I tried homepathic remedies but he was listless, wasn’t eating and couldn’t sleep.  He was given 10 days of Doxicycline and cough tabs.  He’s now a little terror and feeling much better.  For a cough suppressant I used Child’s Dimetapp and used half of the lowest dosage because he refused to take the cough tabs(the smell).  I also gave him Honey in his water to help soothe his throat.  It was a long 10 days but he’s doing 100% better.  Now I’m working on his separation anxiety issues.

Post # 10
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

I forgot to add that I did use a humidifer  @ night and he always was in the bathroom when I showered.  

Post # 11
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

Go to a pet emergency clinic. Do NOT give him anything over the counter, many OTC medications are not safe for dogs!! If you can’t see a vet ASAP, then tale him in the bathroom with you when you shower which acts as a humidifier. Continue the antibiotics but your vet will likely recommend a chest xray to check for pneumonia. He sounds very sick, I highly recommend seeking medical attention.

Post # 12
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

@MsNarwhal:  I googled the Cefa drops & its what some vets prescribe to dogs with kennel cough. I found it listed on a few different sites as what vets gave them, not something OTC (though I suppose it may be something OTC). Some dogs it worked, others it didn’t, so hopefully OP can get to a vet tomorrow!

Post # 13
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

It is a prescription. I was referring to the cough medicine comment posted above which is why I told you to continue giving the antibiotics.

Post # 14
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

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