advertisement
Question
Posted by: Lee | 2011/07/04

Kennel Cough

Dear Cyber Vet
We are waiting to adopt a puppy from AWS but she has kennel cough and they wouldnt let us have her last week because theyre not sure that she will survive. She is 8 weeks old, no longer with her mom and is quite tiny and thin. She is being treated with antibiotics. We have two other dogs at home - a 9 year old ridge-back and a year old Jack Russel. What are the implications?

Not what you were looking for? Try searching again, or ask your own question
Our expert says:
Expert ImageCyberVet

Hello Lee,

Kennel cough is a highly contagious form of infection of the airways. It can be caused by bacteria or viruses, and the resultant disease will be virtually indistinguishable.

It causes harsh and very loud and persistent coughing, of sudden onset. They may or may not have fever and eye discharge. They can get it from any other sick or carrier dog, just like we catch a cold.

It is usually treated using antibiotics and possibly cough suppressants. It can be prevented to a great extent (but not completely) by vaccinations. Coughing may last anything from days to weeks, and will need special attention especially if the patient loses its appetite, other cough becomes moist or it is running a fever.

Dogs can get kennel cough even if they do not go to a kennel. The cough can persist for about 2 weeks. Sometimes a cough suppressant is needed and in some cases antibiotics as well. We usually prefer to treat these animals with antibiotics to prevent them developing pneumonia. Most of them recover sooner from the disease if they are on antibiotics.

regards
Dr Campbell

The information provided does not constitute a diagnosis of your condition. You should consult a medical practitioner or other appropriate health care professional for a physical exmanication, diagnosis and formal advice. Health24 and the expert accept no responsibility or liability for any damage or personal harm you may suffer resulting from making use of this content.

4
Our users say:
Posted by: Cat Lady | 2011/07/06

Wow, a once in 3 weeks reply from the Cybervet which can be Googled by anyone!

Reply to Cat Lady
Posted by: CyberVet | 2011/07/06

Hello Lee,

Kennel cough is a highly contagious form of infection of the airways. It can be caused by bacteria or viruses, and the resultant disease will be virtually indistinguishable.

It causes harsh and very loud and persistent coughing, of sudden onset. They may or may not have fever and eye discharge. They can get it from any other sick or carrier dog, just like we catch a cold.

It is usually treated using antibiotics and possibly cough suppressants. It can be prevented to a great extent (but not completely) by vaccinations. Coughing may last anything from days to weeks, and will need special attention especially if the patient loses its appetite, other cough becomes moist or it is running a fever.

Dogs can get kennel cough even if they do not go to a kennel. The cough can persist for about 2 weeks. Sometimes a cough suppressant is needed and in some cases antibiotics as well. We usually prefer to treat these animals with antibiotics to prevent them developing pneumonia. Most of them recover sooner from the disease if they are on antibiotics.

regards
Dr Campbell

Reply to CyberVet
Posted by: Lee | 2011/07/04

Thanks, Chill. Our other dogs are in good condition. I am worried about the little puppy bieng sickly later. If she doesnt get better soon, I think they''ll put her down. We decided on her because it didn''t look like she''d easily find a home. Our entire family fell in love with her. I guess the AWS wont let us have a dog if theyre not certain she''s better.

Reply to Lee
Posted by: Chill | 2011/07/04

Implications for what? If the puppy is treated and survives, she''ll be fine, and if you mention to the AWS that you have other dogs at home, they won''t let her come to you until she is no longer contagious.

In the worst case scenario, if your dogs were to catch it, a simple course of antibiotics, which needn''t cost much at all, should fix them - if the dogs are in good condition they''ll fight it off without drama.

Reply to Chill

Have your say

Thanks for commenting! Your comment will appear on the site shortly.
Thanks for commenting! Your comment will appear on the site shortly.
advertisement