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    Default Coughing

    I found this forum while googling for info on a dog coughing, so thought I'd join and ask about it here.

    One of our dogs started coughing on Tuesday afternoon. We didn't think much of it, just thought he was a bit over excited as we had just got home from shopping and he usually goes crazy going through the bags looking for his treats. He only coughed after jumping around for a bit. Yesterday, he was still coughing, but only after running around the yard. Today, he is still coughing after running, but has started coughing without exercise, I've been at the computer for an hour with him asleep on the lounge near me, and he's woken up 3 times to cough. Occassionaly he'll bring up a little bit a phlegm. My boyfriend thought he may have something stuck in him throat, and gave him a spoon of olive oil thinking it may help him bring it up.

    We are taking him to the vet this afternoon, but thought I'd ask if anyone knows what it could be. I did think of kennel cough, but would like to see if anyone who's had a coughing dogs has ideas. I should also mention, his vaccinations aren't up to date, and his worming may be overdue. I was going to worm him today but thought I'd better see the vet first.

    Thanks

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    sounds like KC.

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    I agree it is probably Kennel Cough. There are many different strains (bit like colds and flu strains) so even a c5 vaccinated dog can pick it up. Mind you, a c5 vacc dog would not be overly affected, maybe a small cough for a day or so and no other symptoms.

    KC is often viral and dogs generally recover well on their own, though a trip to the vet is recommended as coughing can indicate other problems as well. Cough medicine may be pescribed for KC and some anti biotics to prevent a nasty infection.

    A runny nose is also not uncommon.

    Keep your dog warm and use the cough medicine at night so you all get some sleep keep the fluids up and offer small meals.

    Good luck, Oh and in the next month or so get your dog c5 vaccinated if you have not already done so...it's great peace of mind and saves you money!!

    Nic

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    Yeah, I think it's KC

    We have 4 dogs, and he's the only one doing it. He doesn't cough at all at night time, only during the day. The info I found on KC all say affected dogs cough all night..it kind of reminded me of having croup as a child, when we would be up all night coughing, and keep the whole family up. He doesn't look sick, and is as active as normal, and is still eating and drinking. But we are going to the vets when they open at 4pm.

    The dogs haven't been vaccinated for 2 years. I was doing it yearly, so I guess I'll be going back to yearly shots.

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    KC is from the same family as whooping cough. If your dog does have benedryl (sugar free) is excellent and the vet can also give you cough syrup and syringe. They will only prescribe antibiotics if there is a secondary infection.

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    I haven't vaccinated in 2 years and I wont vaccinate again unless I have to. I had more cases of KC here when I did vaccinate. It is a virus, thus it changes and the vaccination only covers last years strain.

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    I was a bit worried about mentioning that I haven't vaccinated them in 2 years(it's actually 3, I just checked their records), as most dog communities I've been on attack people when they mention that. It's nice to have found an accepting community

    We are leaving for the vets now, fingers crossed it isn't anything major.

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    Good luck! i am sure everything will be fine

    My thoughts on vaccination....I vacinate religiously. There are a couple of reasons for this. I rescue from pounds and shelters, by vaccinating my own dogs i reduce the risk of disease transmitted by other dogs who may be infected.

    If they do pick something up (never happened, touch wood) they will have far greater immunity and a better chance of recovery.

    My dogs won't spread disease to other dogs. By vaccinating high numbers of dogs we are able to work at eliminating diseases altogether in the future. This is begining to work even for heartworm.

    It costs far more to treat diseases/sick animals than it does to c5 or c7 vaccinate each year, so you potentially save a lot of money...

    Just my thoughts I can understand vaccinations slipping away....time goes by so fast!! It is unbelieveable and we are all busy, working hard, looking after our families etc.

    I am sure your bub will be back to his old self in no time!!

    It is great you have taken him today!! last minute after hours dashes on a public holiday are shockers!!

    Nic

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    Never ever give your dog a C7 vaccination.

    VACCINOSIS

    And before you tell me that it's flights of fancy - try living with it - I have for 7 years

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    Are you refering to me Occy? Just my personal view and opinion each to their own

    I c5 vaccinate every single rescue and my own dogs, though i have a number of dogs through here. Around 40 or so in the past twelve months at least. I have lost count!

    The majority of rescues either arrive with kennel cough or it develops within a day or so. I prefer to air on the side of caution, but thats me...a safety sam who takes no chances.

    The far majority of rescues here require oral anti biotics within two to three days of developing KC. Some are able to get over it on their own, but not many and i never take a chance.

    A lot of that probably has to do with the fact they have never been vaccinated during their lifetime, their immune systems are low due to neglect etc and there may be many nasty strains in pounds and shelters despite infection control and vaccination....

    I have learnt from vets that KC is similar to horse flu...it spreads from one property to the other and is very much airborn. (Don't remind me of horse flu! yikes, but thats another story!)

    Anyway, i guess i am one to advocate for vaccination. That has been learnt through experience, and i have had no problems in all this time...It works for the dogs and for me, and that is what matters at this point.

    I am sorry for your negative and distressing experience and am not discounting that at all.

    Nic

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