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Kennel cough - lethargic?

Discussion in 'Dog Chat' started by lotlot, Sep 18, 2013.

  1. lotlot

    lotlot PetForums VIP

    Mar 28, 2011
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    Willow became poorly a few days ago now with lots of coughing, wretching and vomiting. It's pretty clear that she has kennel cough :( the past couple of days she's still been pretty active but today all she's done is sleep :( I'm guessing this is normal as she's fighting the virus but I'm still concerned. She is still eating and drinking well, but continues to bring up phlegm and vomits occasionally. I have contacted the vet who doesn't seem overly concerned as yet. I've never actually had a dog with kennel cough so not entirely sure what to expect. Should I expect Finlay to be affected? Also, I've read conflicting ideas regarding isolation. Should I walk her or not? I'm worried about her missing out on vital socialisation!

    Has anyone got any advice?
  2. shirleystarr

    shirleystarr PetForums VIP

    Mar 22, 2009
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    Kennel cough is very contagious so I would take any other dogs to the vet they will have drops up their nose I would take the sick dog back to the vet Has the vet given any treatment so far?
  3. Twiggy

    Twiggy PetForums VIP

    Jun 24, 2010
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    Please don't let her mix with other dogs for at least seven days after she stops coughing/sneezing. Kennel Cough is highly contagious.

    Your other dog may succumb as well, but it depends on whether he's had it before, the strain, etc. etc.

    Kennel Cough always hits and young and old harder and I notice that Willow is very young.

    I'd go and buy some pure Manuka Honey (the best quality you can get) which will help to soothe the cough.

    Keep her warm and as quiet as you can until she seems brighter.

    Personally at that age I would want a vet to check her.
  4. Milliepoochie

    Milliepoochie PetForums VIP

    Feb 13, 2011
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    There is no treatment for Kennel cough - only treatment to lessen the symptoms.

    Some vets will automaticly give anti biotics which prevents against a secondary infection - Personally though I wouldnt want to give antibiotics 'just in case'.

    LotLot im not sure how old Willow is? But if very young I would def ring the vet to see what they recommend ditto I would in an older dog.

    If your dog has Kennel cough then it cannot socialise with other dogs - again I would check with your vet how long they recommend to wait after symtoms have stopped.

    It is very contagious.

    Also the cough can be aggrevated by collar pulling / exercise so I would keep her home / quiet and warm.

    Hope Finley doesnt get it and Willow is more herself soon
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