What can you give a dog for Kennel Cough?

Two out of my five Boxers have developed a cough over the last couple of days. I think it is probably Kennel Cough but I don’t know how they got it, and isn’t there something that I can give them for this? Thanks so much!

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  1. searching_please says:

    Kennel cough is contagious and will need to be diagnosed by a vet. All of your dogs might have to be treated. Also, dogs can shed the virus (and infect other non-vaccinated animals) for 6-14 weeks. You really need to talk to the vet. Good luck! 🙂

  2. sun_and_moon_1973 says:

    A trip to the vet to be sure it is kennel cough. It may be something more serious or just a cold but only the vet will be able to tell you for sure.

  3. Pam says:

    A ride to the vet would be a good place to start!

  4. Jill R says:

    If it is kennel cough, then your vet can prescribe an antibiotic. Placing them in the bathroom with you while you shower can also help. The steam from the shower will help loosen all of the mucus up. Some dogs can recover from kennel cough without meds, others really need the meds to get over it. If it is kennel cough, then there will be lots of snot and crap around the eyes or nose as it gets worse. If you have your dogs vaccinated for bordatella it will reduce the chances of them coming down with kennel cough. I would try to keep the other 3 dogs seperate, so they don’t catch it as well. However, the vet may send home medicine for them also since they have been exposed.

  5. love sick puppy says:

    Best bet is to give them all an intra nasal Bordtella booster it’s absorbed much faster.
    Also get with a vet fro some Amoxil and some cough tabs.
    Then keep them up on the vaccine.
    An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.
    Good Luck.

  6. tongueincheek says:

    my dads boxers got kennel cough and after a couple hundered quid$400 on vet fees he contacted the breeder who said forget the vet get some benolyn original and it worked!!!!

  7. mables25 says:

    You HAVE to take them to the vet and get antibiotics, thats the only way to get rid of it. It’s a cheap medicine and works very well. If you don’t get the medicine it can turn into a respitory infection and if that goes untreated they can die from it. I had a cat die from the same thing, which by the way wasn’t my fault, I got the kitten from a shelter and they had left it untreated for too long, by the time I got him it was too late and the medicine didn’t work. Get them to the vet ASAP.

  8. jjjarl13 says:

    Take them to the vet, it could be something more serious than just kennel cough. To make sure they are OK. The vet will probably give them antibiotics and they will feel better.

  9. blu_starry_nights says:

    Give Vicks 44 or Robitussin DM at 1 tsp. per 20 pounds daily. KC can be viral or bacterial. So antibiotics may not work and if giving for the wrong strand of KC (viral) antibiotics can actually suppress the dog’s immune system and leave it susceptible to secondary infections. If the dog is coughing up mucus do not give cough medicine as this is a productive cough. If there is a dry cough with no mucus give the dog Vicks 44 or Robitussin DM and for puppies or small dog children’s cough syrup is best at a child’s dosage. The cough medicines only ingredients should be Dextromethorphan HBr (cough suppresent) and Guaifenesin (expectorant). DO NOT give any thing with alcohol or acetaminophen aka Tylenol as this is harmful to your dog. You can also use a humidifier with Kaz or Vicks Rub in a closed area or a steamy bathroom and this will also help the cough. Vaccines will not keep the dog from getting KC as there are various strands and vaccines will only protect against the 1 strand it was created from.The disease can last from 10-20 days. If you give the dog cough medicine and after 3-4 days there is no noticeable difference or the dog becomes lethargic or stops eating you should take the dog to the vet. KC is a self limiting infection and is almost never fatal. My vet says it is comparable to the common cold for humans. If the dog has KC it will be infectious to other dogs for up 14+ days.

What can you give a dog for Kennel Cough?

Two out of my five Boxers have developed a cough over the last couple of days. I think it is probably Kennel Cough but I don’t know how they got it, and isn’t there something that I can give them for this? Thanks so much!

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9 Comments

  1. searching_please says:

    Kennel cough is contagious and will need to be diagnosed by a vet. All of your dogs might have to be treated. Also, dogs can shed the virus (and infect other non-vaccinated animals) for 6-14 weeks. You really need to talk to the vet. Good luck! 🙂

  2. sun_and_moon_1973 says:

    A trip to the vet to be sure it is kennel cough. It may be something more serious or just a cold but only the vet will be able to tell you for sure.

  3. Pam says:

    A ride to the vet would be a good place to start!

  4. Jill R says:

    If it is kennel cough, then your vet can prescribe an antibiotic. Placing them in the bathroom with you while you shower can also help. The steam from the shower will help loosen all of the mucus up. Some dogs can recover from kennel cough without meds, others really need the meds to get over it. If it is kennel cough, then there will be lots of snot and crap around the eyes or nose as it gets worse. If you have your dogs vaccinated for bordatella it will reduce the chances of them coming down with kennel cough. I would try to keep the other 3 dogs seperate, so they don’t catch it as well. However, the vet may send home medicine for them also since they have been exposed.

  5. love sick puppy says:

    Best bet is to give them all an intra nasal Bordtella booster it’s absorbed much faster.
    Also get with a vet fro some Amoxil and some cough tabs.
    Then keep them up on the vaccine.
    An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.
    Good Luck.

  6. tongueincheek says:

    my dads boxers got kennel cough and after a couple hundered quid$400 on vet fees he contacted the breeder who said forget the vet get some benolyn original and it worked!!!!

  7. mables25 says:

    You HAVE to take them to the vet and get antibiotics, thats the only way to get rid of it. It’s a cheap medicine and works very well. If you don’t get the medicine it can turn into a respitory infection and if that goes untreated they can die from it. I had a cat die from the same thing, which by the way wasn’t my fault, I got the kitten from a shelter and they had left it untreated for too long, by the time I got him it was too late and the medicine didn’t work. Get them to the vet ASAP.

  8. jjjarl13 says:

    Take them to the vet, it could be something more serious than just kennel cough. To make sure they are OK. The vet will probably give them antibiotics and they will feel better.

  9. blu_starry_nights says:

    Give Vicks 44 or Robitussin DM at 1 tsp. per 20 pounds daily. KC can be viral or bacterial. So antibiotics may not work and if giving for the wrong strand of KC (viral) antibiotics can actually suppress the dog’s immune system and leave it susceptible to secondary infections. If the dog is coughing up mucus do not give cough medicine as this is a productive cough. If there is a dry cough with no mucus give the dog Vicks 44 or Robitussin DM and for puppies or small dog children’s cough syrup is best at a child’s dosage. The cough medicines only ingredients should be Dextromethorphan HBr (cough suppresent) and Guaifenesin (expectorant). DO NOT give any thing with alcohol or acetaminophen aka Tylenol as this is harmful to your dog. You can also use a humidifier with Kaz or Vicks Rub in a closed area or a steamy bathroom and this will also help the cough. Vaccines will not keep the dog from getting KC as there are various strands and vaccines will only protect against the 1 strand it was created from.The disease can last from 10-20 days. If you give the dog cough medicine and after 3-4 days there is no noticeable difference or the dog becomes lethargic or stops eating you should take the dog to the vet. KC is a self limiting infection and is almost never fatal. My vet says it is comparable to the common cold for humans. If the dog has KC it will be infectious to other dogs for up 14+ days.

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