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Help with sick dog

Discussion in 'Dog Health and Nutrition' started by tuck3r, Oct 9, 2013.

  1. tuck3r

    tuck3r PetForums Newbie

    Oct 8, 2013
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    my 3 year old male boxer tucker has what i think is kennel cough possible heart worms and it is heart breaking to see him so sick can anyone help or give me advice on what to do to make him better...
    #1 tuck3r, Oct 9, 2013
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  2. tashi

    tashi PetForums VIP

    Dec 5, 2007
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    Definitely vet for him !
  3. ellenlouisepascoe

    ellenlouisepascoe PetForums VIP

    Jul 12, 2013
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    Vet :) Never take risks with their health we can only guess at what is going on.
  4. soulful dog

    soulful dog PetForums Senior

    Nov 6, 2011
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    Yep definitely a trip to the vet, but make sure you mention you think it is kennel cough first because they will try and make it at a time when they can avoid your dog coming into close contact with other dogs and passing it on to them.
  5. Sled dog hotel

    Sled dog hotel PetForums VIP

    Aug 11, 2010
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    Kennel cough is an upper respiratory tract infection and very contagious so its possible it may just be that, in a lot of dogs apart from the irritating cough it passes but there is also a risk that you can get secondary bacterial infection or the infection will go down to the lower respiratory tract which can cause big problems. Really to be on the safe side you should get him checked out often vets give antibiotics to protect from further complications.

    Heart worms can cause coughing and tiredness and not being able to exercise so much, but if it is left it becomes serious and can cause collapse and heart failure, so if you suspect heart worm, it needs a proper diagnosis and urgent treatment.

    Boxers can also have several genetic heart problems too, like aortic stenosis, pulmonic stenosis and cardiomyopathy. So with that in mind too especially if he didn't come from health tested parents or you don't know the parents health history, then that's another reason to get him checked out asap. Early diagnosis and medications can sometimes make a world of difference rather then leaving it until the dog is in later stages and more ill.

    Boxer Breed Council - Aortic Stenosis
    More details of boxer health problems on the link above.

    Hopefully he does have just kennel cough its possible as its very contagious and easily picked up, but as you suspect it could also be heart worm, and bearing in mind Genetic heart problems in the Boxer as a breed then you need to get him checked out as soon as possible.
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