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Post  juneau hunter on 10/6/2010, 3:06 pm

This afternoon Juneau started hacking and hasn't stopped. It sounds like whooping cough in kids! His whole body shakes when he coughs! Other than that, he is the same old Juneau. Now that I know how to take his temp., I did this and it was "normal" for a dog. I called the vet and they told me to feed him and see if he eats...just to make sure that he doesn't have anything stuck in his throat. He ate fine. I can't take him into the vet until the morning. If it is Kennel Cough, can't I start him on antibiotics right away? If so, what dose of amoxicillan can he have? I am so worried!
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Post  northernwitch on 10/6/2010, 3:12 pm

Good old kennel cough. It's not a big deal, Tarrington. Watch him and keep him as calm as you can. Your vet might put him on antibiotics, but generally kennel cough resolves on it's own and can be viral so the antibiotics won't do much. The coughing does sound God awful and you can get a cough suppressant for it--seems to me that one of the children's cough syrups was okay for dogs, but I can't remember which one so don't use anything until someone who has a better memory than I do posts.

I generally don't use antibiotics unless I have to.

It's really, really contagious--so don't be surprised if Roscoe gets it and you might warn Piper's dads that she might get it. It's often contagious before symptoms show.

You do worry a bit about pneumonia with the brachycephalic breeds, but as a rule, kennel cough isn't a serious issue. He may throw up if his coughing is really bad. Not uncommon.
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Post  Renee on 10/6/2010, 3:18 pm

Poor Juneau. The coughing from Kennel Cough scares the crap out of me! Litterally sounds like death!

Keep him calm - treat it like a cold.
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Post  TNPUGMOMOF3 on 10/6/2010, 3:21 pm

3-4 cc's of robitussin 2-3 times a day as needed helps.
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Post  smoochieface on 10/6/2010, 3:31 pm

I second Blanche. Personally, I don't mess with self-medicating when it comes to antibiotics. Wrong dose and wrong length of treatment is a leading cause of developing antibiotic-resistent bacteria, just like in humans.

Hope Juneau feels better.
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Post  juneau hunter on 10/6/2010, 5:23 pm

Thanks! It does sound God awful!!!! My heart drops to my feet every time he does it! I have him snuggled into a blanket and rocked him like a baby - he likes that! The sound just freaks me out. Cancelled my plans to go out tonight, just so I could hover over the little bugger. Pug-parenting is as nerve-racking as kid-parenting! Shocked
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Post  Pugsaunt on 10/6/2010, 5:27 pm

Poor Juneau! Sending good thoughts and hopes that he feels better soon. And yes, we do hover over them when they are not well!
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Post  Renee on 10/6/2010, 6:32 pm

juneau hunter wrote:Thanks! Pug-parenting is as nerve-racking as kid-parenting! Shocked

Oh, I think it is even more nerve-wracking! The kids grow up....pugs stay helpless their entire lives!! But, I love my pug-babies!
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Post  pugpillow on 10/6/2010, 11:04 pm

You're right - it sounds awful, like croup in a baby. But if there was no fever, he's got kennel cough and not canine influenza. I agree with Blanche. Just let it run its course and watch that it doesn't develop into bronchitis, at which point I'd introduce the antibiotics. Other than that, keep him away from any other dogs that he hasn't already been exposed to. I had a foster who came from the local shelter and brought KC into my pack. Out of all of them, only Betsy got it and only a mild case. Hers self-resolved within 3-4 days; he took a couple of weeks. No drugs for either of them.
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Post  juneau hunter on 10/7/2010, 10:22 am

Renee wrote:
juneau hunter wrote:Thanks! Pug-parenting is as nerve-racking as kid-parenting! Shocked

Oh, I think it is even more nerve-wracking! The kids grow up....pugs stay helpless their entire lives!! But, I love my pug-babies!

I agree!!! Its like parenting a baby - they can't talk and tell you what is wrong - so you fret. Well these pugs cause huge amounts of fretting in me!
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Post  Renee on 10/7/2010, 12:41 pm

juneau hunter wrote:
Renee wrote:
juneau hunter wrote:Thanks! Pug-parenting is as nerve-racking as kid-parenting! Shocked

Oh, I think it is even more nerve-wracking! The kids grow up....pugs stay helpless their entire lives!! But, I love my pug-babies!

I agree!!! Its like parenting a baby - they can't talk and tell you what is wrong - so you fret. Well these pugs cause huge amounts of fretting in me!

Oh yeah, my pugs cause a lot of fretting on my part. Any little cough, lump, bump, change in mood...and I'm immediately worried something is wrong! My biggest fear is not knowing when something is wrong until it is too late! Dogs are good at acting "normal" even when they are in pain, and that worries me.
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Post  MuShuMom on 10/7/2010, 8:47 pm

No advice, just sending warm thoughts and prayers. Keep us posted.
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Post  Denise M on 10/7/2010, 8:57 pm

Hoping that this is just a mild case and will resolve by itself.


I also am a really fretting Pug Mom. Even a little thing deprives me of eating, sleeping and functioning well. Something as small as their tails being down makes my stomach have butterflies.



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