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my 6yo rottweiler was picked up by the dogcatcher and spent 2 days in the pound about 1.5 weeks ago. for the last day or two she has developed a hacking cough (like she has hairballs)..is this kennel cough? does she need to go to the vet or do I just wait and see?
 

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There are people who post here that are far more knowledgeable than I am but my uneducated guess would be yes. I would still take your pup to the vet to be sure, though. I'm sure there are far worse things than kennel cough that it could be that you don't want to wait around with. Kennel cough usually runs rampant in shelters. One of mine picked it up from our obedience class, and it sounds just like what you are describing. The vet gave us a cough supressant and an antibiotic (?? I think kennel cough is a virus, antibiotic would do no good). I gave ours the cough supressant for a couple of days, just because I felt bad for him--the cough sounded so bad--but he never seemed to feel bad (still ate/drank/ran/played, never seemed lethargic) so I stopped giving him that, too. It cleared up on its own. I think I did give him some extra supplements--vitamin C, maybe a couple of other things--but I can't remember exactly what.
 

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Sounds like he picked up some kind of infection at the pound. The vet might be able to tell if it is viral or bacterial and determine the proper treatment. However, don't let the vet give any kennel cough vaccines at this time. It's pointless since he's already been exposed.
 

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Massage his throat gently, if that makes him cough, it's classic kennel cough.<br>
I would not take him to the vet unless he's lethargic or feverish. If you do take him to the vet, WARN the vet first so they can come OUTSIDE to examine him--no sense in exposing a whole nother group of dogs.
 

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When I first got my rescued MIN PIN she had kennel cough. What you have explained - hairball like cough - sounds exactly like what she had. I know when Bella first came to us the foster family gave us some Prednisone that the vet has prescribed. However, when I took her to our vet they said to just let it pass.<br><br>
It probably took about 4 weeks for it to completely go away. the coughing became less frequent thru those 4 weeks until it was gone. But, even then she would still cough for the next month when she over exerted herself.<br><br>
Most cases of kennel cough clear up on their own according to my vet.<br><br>
Hope that helps and you doggy feels better soon.<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/winky.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink">
 

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Oh, and I almost forgot. It really helped at night time if we put a dish of water right beside her bed. The nights can be hell listening to that cough all night <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/dizzy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Dizzy">:<br><br>
The water helped her to clear her throat and stop the coughing.
 

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I did a little research on this and have seen it suggested to NOT give antibiotics. I also read that you can give the dog Robitussin? has anyone tried that?
 

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thanks Shannon! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin">
 

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no prob, and just an add on, antibiotics *may* be needed if your dog develops secondary symptoms.<br>
Think of it like a bad cold, do you need to treat the cold? no, but you may need to treat a more severe infection the cold caused like pneumonia or bronchitis, kwim?<br>
He's sick, so really it depends on whether he's a young healthy six or not. If Havoc had kennel cough, I would worry, for Bedlam, I probably wouldn't worry at all.
 

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what would secondary symptoms be or rather, what should I watch for? fever? lethargy?<br><br>
she is a young 6 imho! she chases my car (and keeps up) at 30-35 mph on the hills around my house! (she's one big muscle <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> )<br><br>
puppy is due for her booster shots in a week or so, so I will just take the 6yo in then. (obviously I will take her in sooner if she gets worse)
 

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Fever, lethargy, rattling breathing, dehydration, any of that stuff. You'll know. A dog with normal kennel cough acts like a normal dog but coughs. A dog with a secondary infection acts sick. I don't agree with the routine abx use, but I would never hesitate to put a dog on abx if I thought that it was going anywhere from the kennel cough.<br><br>
By the way, as another rah rah rah for raw feeding, we had kennel cough go through a couple of years ago and all four Danes we had at the time got it. We unfortunately lost some unborn puppies to it, because the virus kills pregnancies, but none of the dogs actually got sick. They coughed for three days, four at the outside, and never missed a step. That same virus was killing dogs all over the place, and many others were coughing for weeks. Since Danes are not known for having strong immune systems, it really made me appreciate how healthy raw feeding keeps them.
 
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