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Kennel cough will not go

Discussion in 'Dog Health and Nutrition' started by daisymay789, Mar 16, 2020.


  1. daisymay789

    daisymay789 PetForums Junior

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    hello
    Tilly our 11 year old shih tzu had a kennel cough vaccine (at suggestion of vet, took her in about teeth, only place she goes is groomers but was told KC was wise). Within a few days she was coughing occasionally, googling told me it was common for bracacyphalics to react like this so wasn’t overly concerned. Went to Cornwall for a week (Tilly came too), cough hadn’t gone off through the week in fact she was sneezing/reverse and really quite snotty with it. Went to vet an hour after we returned home, diagnosed full blown KC and given 10 days antibiotics.
    After taking the full course sneezing and mucus was gone but cough remained, back to vet on last day of tablets who gave her different AB and diuretics in case fluid on lungs but thankfully they’ve made no difference so presume not that. So halfway through second course of AB now and cough remains but no worse. We have an appt in 1 week with same vet.
    Background: she had surgery(ventral slot) Dec 2018 after slipped disc in neck was compressing spinal cord and causing agony/collapse, since then breathing good but she has had an inhaler (flixotide) and corventalD tabs daily but otherwise fine, just slowing with age which she was anyway before the surgery. But perky, eating well, cheeky and active-ish (2 walks a day of 10-15 mins plus mooches a fair bit in the garden) but since op, not allowed stairs or jumping,
    It’s now about 5.5 weeks since the original cough started and 6 weeks today since the KC vaccine... she did go to groomer week before so maybe picked it up there.
    My question is, anything else I can do for her? (Won’t eat honey) where will this lead? What else might it be if anything? Any advice appreciated. Thank you
     
  2. Burrowzig

    Burrowzig PetForums VIP

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    A persistent cough can be a symptom of heart disease, which wouldn't be unusual in a dog her age. Has she been checked for that?
     
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    Was also going to say get her check for heart problems
     
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    What about lung worm?
     
  5. daisymay789

    daisymay789 PetForums Junior

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    She is on Nexgard which prevents lungworm so presumably not that

    I asked about her heart, vet listened to it and said it sounded fine
    What else should he have offered me to check her heart?
    I’ve bought Manuka honey today which hasn’t helped much yet
    Thanks for the replies. It’s a dry hacking cough btw
     
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    If he's listened to the heart the vet would have heard any abnormalities especially in a small dog.

    When was the last time your dog has seen a vet now, and not been on medication?
     
  7. Burrowzig

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    Would listening detect enlargement? I really don't know, none of my dogs has ever had any hear issues. I thought it would take an ultrasound to see the size of it. Listening should reveal things like valve defects. But maybe it's valve defects that lead to enlargement. I'm just woffling on now.
     
  8. daisymay789

    daisymay789 PetForums Junior

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    oh that’s promising then.

    Well. She’s been on CorventalD since her ventral slot op last year and that’s ongoing for life, also her flixotide inhaler, But she’s usually in pretty good health for 11yrs old.

    So the last time we saw a vet was last Tuesday (2nd lot of antibiotics, different to first ones) and before that Saturday 29/2 (started first antibiotics ) and before that about 2 or 3 weeks before when she was given her kennel cough vaccine.

    She’s had a couple of coughing fits today so far. Eating well and quite perky.

    Thank you again
     
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    Mmmm she's a small dog not common to have enlargement issues.. But then again they don't read text books do they.

    Honestly I would go back to the vets if only for peace of mind. See what they say @daisymay789 it might not be anything but considering her history and her treatment she has something might need tweaking to help.
     
  10. daisymay789

    daisymay789 PetForums Junior

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    Thanks. I intended phoning vet for advice this afternoon but she’s actually had a much better day apart from first thing. So I didn’t ring and will see how we go tomorrow. :)
     
  11. daisymay789

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    Well we’ve had a funny week. On the whole she has coughed in the morning initially and then hasn’t for the majority of the day, so I’ve carried on with the meds and the vet appt is due tomorrow (Tuesday)
    Today however (Monday) she has coughed a lot since 4am, way more than through the whole of the previous week. Yet still perky, eating well and in good spirits
    Whilst typing she’s suddenyl just stopped coughing just like that and is now licking her paws. Like flicking a switch.
    I’ll see if they can fit us in today otherwise we’ll go tomorrow as planned, as she’s now finished her second course of antibiotics and the diuretics.
    Any ideas what the vet may suggest?

    Oh Re: the Manuka honey, sometimes soothes and stops her cough, sometimes doesn’t.
     
  12. daisymay789

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    I thought I’d update.
    Vet (who we saw again last Tuesday) has stopped her flixotide inhaler and given her oral steroids, halved the dose of the diuretic as her cough seems worse in the morning and now she just takes one before bed.
    There’s no snot and no sneezing so no more antibiotics.
    She still has a dry hacking cough made worse by her moving about. Sometimes she settles and we have an hour or so without it but it comes and goes all day but never at night once she’s asleep. I can’t see any improvement, when she’s coughing it can go on for 40 minutes easily without stopping.
    We’re due to go next Tuesday.
    I’m at my wits end with it. When she is coughing it’s on every breath. So annoying as well because when I originally took her to the vets it was only about her teeth, they suggested the kennel cough vaccine and all this has come as a result of that because when I took her about her teeth she had no cough whatsoever. But we were going away and taking her and I wanted them to check her teeth were ok as didn’t want any flare ups while we were away, seriously wish I hadn’t bothered.
    I tried to upload a short video of the cough but file too large. Any advice or comments very welcome
     
  13. Burrowzig

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    Upload the video to YouTube and put the link to it on here.
     
  14. daisymay789

    daisymay789 PetForums Junior

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    I’m sorry I don’t have a you tube account and I’m not very techy
    Thank you tho
     
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    Creating a You Tube account is no more difficult that creating your account on here. Give it a go!
     
  16. Boxer123

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    Lily had her heart listened to by 3 vets and a specialist cardiologist before her heart attack. No one picked anything up. we were in the process of ordering a halter tear and echo ultrasound before she passed.
     
  17. Burrowzig

    Burrowzig PetForums VIP

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    Very sad. Heart attacks aren't the same as the sort of disease that would cause persistent coughing though. Heart attacks - as far as I understand it, are caused by lack of blood supply to part of the heart muscle, often through clogging of the arteries and veins by a clot or other blockage, and the first symptom of a major heart attack is often sudden death; less severe attacks are detected through ECG or chemical changes rather than anything that can be heard.
     
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