I got my now 11 year old female toy poodle at 8 weeks of age from a breeder. She came down with Kennel Cough as a puppy and was treated by a veterinarian. She still has this kennel cough sounding cough/gag/hacking and she has had it all 11 years I have had her. Every day, for 11 years. At about 1 year of age, my mother (concerned about the cough) took her to the vet and was told the cough was just a lasting effect of kennel cough. When I got my own apartment last year (I was a junior in college and fresh out of the dorms), I brought her with me. I never thought twice about the cough since she had done it ever since I could remember. Now that I have her, and she is getting older, I am getting a little concerned. Has anyone heard of a “Kennel Cough” cough lasting this long? I will be graduating in the spring with my BS in animal science minor in biology and had worked in vet clinics for 4 years before leaving for college, so far, I have never been told that kennel cough causes life long coughing/effects. Can it cause life long effects? What else could this be? I have heard kennel cough from working in the clinics, and what she has been doing all her life sounds just like it.
I was 10 years old when we got her, I never considered it an issue until she came to live with me because that was all I knew. And the vet told my mother it was from having kennel cough. We have an appointment with the vet in two weeks (cant do it on this paycheck) but I thought I might see if anyone had any ideas. I’m an animal science major (cattle, pigs, sheep, goats, horses, etc.), not a veterinary medicine major. I’ve had more than my fair share of disease and parasite courses, but in livestock, not companion animals. Think that clears up my history and naivety.

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