Comments on: My Dog has Kennel cough and he has had his jabs what shall I do? Tue, 10 Dec 2019 15:47:48 +0000 hourly 1 By: vivalalisa Fri, 12 Aug 2011 14:11:50 +0000 my dog got kennel cough a year and a half ago I read some where that hot steam helps, and it seemed to for me because he was better in 5 days!! twice a day I would go into the bathroom with him, and turn on all the hot water and just let in run while steaming up the bathroom (Put towel under door to keep steam in!) I sat in there with him as long as we could stand 10 minutes and then wrapped him in a towel. I also read that fennel and peppermint or something helped(google it I cant remember) so I made him a little bit of tea with those two ingredients and got him to drink it!! (Not hot, just warm) also gave a small amount of raw honey to help his thought. (I love my dog:)

But go to the vet, because your dog is still a puppy

By: MamaBas Fri, 12 Aug 2011 14:11:50 +0000 First of all, unless this goes to pneumonia, he’s not going to die (and even then, with medication, he’s not going to die)! And if he’s that serious frankly you should be off here and on your way to the vet. The fact is, Kennel Cough is a virus, and just like the human flu virus, it mutates so even if a dog is vaccinated, he can, and often does, still go down with the ‘latest strain’. The good news is normally vaccinated dogs shake it off quite quickly.

You should make sure it hasn’t gone to his chest (pneumonia) however, and I’d give your vet a phonecall at this point and take his advice. Vets will prescribe antibiotics, for the pneumonia, not the Kennel Cough which has to work it’s course basically. You can give cough medicine – check with your vet.

Don’t take your pup anywhere near any other dogs at the moment – and if you have to have him seen by your vet, just let reception know you’ve arrived, and keep him outside. Don’t take him into the waiting room because he’ll spread it around, like wildfire. When the vet is ready to see you, he’ll come out and tell you – and he may even do the examination outside, in the car.

Again, don’t panic!! I seriously doubt he’s anywhere near going to die.

By: Lorraine Fri, 12 Aug 2011 14:11:50 +0000 Kennel cough is like our flu in that there are many strains of it and so a vaccination doesn’t always cover every one of them.

Kennel cough is an airborne virus and so would have literally been in the air where you walked him, so yes another dog has given it to him, but unfortunately they can be infected and contageous before an owner knows about it. Just like our flu, and why it spreads so rapidly.

Kennel cough itself is not fatal at all. However, complications from it can be and particularly if it develops into pneumonia. Again like our flu where some people just seem to get it worse than others then so it is with dogs.

I am so VERY VERY sorry that your little boy has got is so badly and I assume he is either at the vets on a drip or is under their care on strong antibiotics.

I hope and pray with all my heart that he pulls through for you and can only imagine how you feel right now.

All fingers and paws crossed here for you.

Add – you can give this safely to help.

Big dollop of honey (buy the best you can afford, Manuka is the best)
Big dollop of blackcurrant jam
2 drops of tea tree essential oil
mix with some boiled water, allow to cool then administer as and when necessary.
You can give it safely as nothing to overdose on.

By: Ronald Batres Fri, 12 Aug 2011 14:11:50 +0000 Treatment for kennel cough is aimed at cough control. In some cases, antibiotics are necessary, but most often dogs will recover on their own in 5-20 days. The cough control is important because it reduces damage to the trachea. Common medications for cough control are hydrocodone and butorphanol. Your veterinarian will determine the most appropriate medication(s) for your pet.

Prevention of kennel cough is via vaccinations and isolating infected animals. A subcutaneous vaccination of modified live distemper, parainfluenza, and adenovirus 2 (which also protects against adenovirus 1) and a modified live intranasal vaccine of B bronchiseptica are protective for kennel cough. Dogs that are boarded or hospitalized frequently will be more at risk. Your veterinarian will be able to help set up a vaccination schedule suitable for the age and lifestyle of your pet.